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It's still early in 2015, so there is plenty of time left to plan for your big vacation of the year. We've put together a few of our best money-saving tricks to help guide you toward finding the perfect price for your dream vacation.
1. Choose a hotel wisely. All travelers are different—adventurous travelers want to snowboard down slippery, snow-covered slopes just for the thrill of it, while beach bums would rather have their toes in the sand with an umbrella drink in hand. Choosing the right hotel is important. When making your decision, consider things like budget, interests, location, and convenience to local transportation to make sure that you're selecting a place that fits your needs.
2. Choose budget-friendly activities. Travel doesn't have to be expensive. Major cities around the world offer cheap or free must-see activities that are fun, interesting, and easy on the wallet! We're thinking of things like museums with free-admission days, historical sites, places with amazing scenic views, and outdoor activities like snorkeling or hiking.
(Photos courtesy of Destination DC, L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, and Capital Region USA)
If you've ever been to Washington, D.C. (a.k.a the Capital City), you know how expensive it is to stay in the center of it all. A member of the Tingo team recently visited, and she discovered L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. It's located steps away from Capitol Hill and literally on top of the Metro, which means that coming and going is the epitome of convenience.
The rooms at L'Enfant feature Dynasty pillow-top mattresses outfitted with 300-thread-count linens. The bathrooms offer a little piece of heaven—if heaven has plush white towels and other luxurious fixings. To top it off, the hotel is pet friendly.
Five-star, schmive-star – on your next trip, check in to savings (and freebies galore) at the new breed of totally comfortable budget-minded chain hotels.
Did your last hotel stay leave you feeling nickel and dimed (or fived and tenned and twentied)? Was it that baffling $40 overnight parking charge? The mysterious $25 resort fee? Or maybe it was that $15 charge for slow, useless internet, or the $4 cup of weak coffee, or the fact that you paid for breakfast and still got powdered eggs. Welcome to the new normal.