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Ways to Save on Summer Holidays

You don’t have to toss aside your travel plans in favor of frugality this summer holidays. Whether you’re looking forward to a romantic retreat with your sweetheart or a much-needed family vacation, finding the best deals on travel is key. And we know every penny counts, too, so we’ve compiled five ways to help you book last-minute summer travel on the cheap.

1. Book via online travel comparison sites

Don’t forget. With the economy making a steady rebound, there are more deals out there than ever before — but you have to know where to look. There are lots of travel websites out there to help you do some comparison shopping, too. compiles all the current travel specials and other sites are best choice, so you can find whichever prices suit your budget when it comes to airfare, cruises, car rentals, vacation packages or hotels.

2. Purchase entertainment in advance

You’ll want to have a plan when you arrive at your destination, especially if you’ve got kids in tow. Can’t decide where to go? BudgetTravel is a great resource for trip ideas and adventure travel. Their site offers advice on trip planning, restaurant recommendations, city guides and other helpful info for traveling families. And make sure you secure a Go Card or Explorer Pass, for everybody online before you head out on vacation. Both get you into dozens of attractions in popular cities across the country for as much as 50% less than the usual cost of admission. Many attractions and tours discounts also let you skip those long lines – another huge perk.

3. Look for last-minute deals

Just because you want to get out of Dodge sooner than later doesn’t meant you have to take what you can get. And while it’s generally a good idea to book your trip early in general, you can still find a ton of good travel deals out there that are geared toward procrastinators like yourself. For example, even if you book as late as three weeks before your departure, you’ll notice that some sites like Book My Trip actually reward you for showing up late to the party with pretty good discounts on flights, hotels and rental cars.

4. Opt for a vacation package

When you book your flight and hotel together, (or hotel and car) you can save substantially on your trip compared to booking separately. You could actually save a few hundred dollars just by bundling the two together. Vacation packages are the best way to save on travel no matter where you decide to go. They allow you to stretch your travel dollar much further, and are also way more convenient than booking and keeping track of separate itineraries.

Environmentally Friendly Cruise Ship Development

In the latest ‘eco-friendly’ move by governments to reduce carbon emissions from various modes of transport, the cruising industry has been put under the microscope and asked to invest in more sustainable and cleaner ship developments in the coming years. Cruise ships have long been known to be one of the more ?unclean? modes of transport, which is an image many cruise lines are keen to move away from. Couple this with the increased taxes that vessels are now receiving based on carbon emissions, and there is real motivations to innovate. Here are 3 of the latest ?green? cruising developments.

Enhanced Efficiency. Old ship designs really didn’t have their environmental impact in mind, but the latest ships are built from sustainable materials and put together using eco-friendly techniques. The materials are getting lighter so less energy is needed for propulsion, soft sails are often being included, and a company in Ireland have pioneered a biogas-powered engine, set to soon be used by Cunard Cruises. Hull design has also been dramatically resigned by the same Irish ship building company, allowing the energy usually lost when the boat impacts waves to be turned into forward propulsion instead.

Hybrid Engines. We have all heard of the very successful hybrid cars that use both fuel and battery power to move. Now ship builders such as those making boats for Silversea Cruises are getting in on the action and making boats that couple the traditional diesel power with electrical power. When berthed, a ship simply plugs in to the shoreside power supply and charges its batteries, what could be easier

Cargo-Pooling. A great idea being trialled by Oceania Cruises is ?cargo sharing?. If a cruise ship has not filled all its spaces, it can offer to carry commercial cargo for other companies sending things to the same place, for a small commission of course. The cruise company wins as they get money they would otherwise not have got, the cargo company does not have to charter its own boat, and energy is saved that reduces carbon emissions.

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