Travel is something that modern technology has become quite easy.
With the reduction in pandemic restrictions, people are starting to travel more. Between work and personal travel, I’m pretty much on the road.
We go to the beach more than other places, and there is a lot to be done in making the right choices so that we can save money.
Today I wanted to talk about how technology can help.
Once the location is defined, I have to decide how I’m going to get there.
Obviously, for short trips, using our own car is the way to go. But if you need other arrangements, they can be done over the Internet.
If you need a vehicle, check out some of the major car rental sites. I like to go to each and choose the times and places to pick up and drop off and see where I can find a better price.
If you are flying, it can be more complicated. Airlines know that it is easy for a person to book a flight, so they like to complicate matters by having variable prices that are constantly changing.
Once you’ve chosen the airline, search on different days and times. I keep track of the price differences for about a week to see what I can fix.
I keep looking, and when I find a small price, I jump on it.
Another tip for flights is to look at multiple airports. I used Akron-Canton, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Columbus when leaving Ohio. Sometimes one airport is cheaper than others. While you have to weigh the convenience, it might be worth considering.
Next comes accommodation. If you travel often, it’s good to stick with a particular hotel brand and join their loyalty program. You can earn free benefits and even free stays. It doesn’t work for everyone, but frequent travelers can often benefit.
I like to start using some of the sites that search for all kinds of hotels to get a feel for what’s available where I’m going. If I find a hotel I like, I always try to book direct to see if it’s cheaper. Sometimes it is, sometimes a third party is a better option.
For me, perhaps the most important part of choosing a hotel is reading and looking at the reviews. Use one of the booking sites to get a good idea of what the hotel looks like. I also go to youtube.com and research the hotel and location. For example, the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Ohio review. There are a lot of people who will be recording a tour of the room so you get a better idea of what you will get.
Booking your own travel arrangements doesn’t have to be difficult. Just make sure you do some proper research. A little preparation can save you a lot of money, which can help make your trip a little better.