What a beautiful day in Nashville – I’ve got my windows open listening to the birds as I type in my office. I gotta say, I’ve been waiting eagerly for spring to arrive for many months. It just might be my favorite time of year – that smell of freshly bloomed flowers, the birth of lots of baby birds, squirrels and other cute yard critters, and great weather for hiking. It also happens to be a great time to travel – not only for the beauty but also for the bargains if you know where to look.
In my line of work I’m blessed to be able to travel all over the US and experience many cities. The month of March took me from a beautiful sunny day in NYC one week to a very snowy, cold Minnesota the next week (and just about everywhere in between!). Here are a few of my favorite shots from my recent travels. (Bargain tips after the jump!)
While some areas (note: The Caribbean) are in their high season right now, the low season starts for those areas in just a few weeks and you can travel for up to half the price you’d pay in the high season. Another great option this season is a cruise. Here are 5 tips to getting the most bang for your buck if you’re thinking about cruising this season.
1) Travel in the shoulder season. For Caribbean cruises, the shoulder season is April. That means you’re coming out of the high season (and high prices!) but haven’t gotten quite into the low season (and higher temps!) so you can still get a really good deal and enjoy the mild temps while they last.
2) Head to Europe. The European shoulder season is April, May, and September, so look at cruises in those months to get the most bang for your buck if you’re heading on a European cruise.
3) Target “wave” season. So, we’ve already missed it for this year, but January through March is known as the “wave” season in the cruise world, so you can often find better deals if the high season is the only time you can travel.
4) Plan your own excursions. Cruise lines make a hefty profit by charging you a premium price for those shore excursions they advertise. Plan your own through a site/app like Viator to match up available tours with your itinerary.
5) Keep tabs on your tab. All that food and alcohol on board can add up. Make sure you know what’s included (and not included!) in your cruise rate and set a limit. If you dine buffet style, stock up while you’re there to avoid all those extra snack charges later. Take advantage of free drinks served at captain’s parties and other special events, and pack a bottle of wine before you board to enjoy in your cabin.
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