Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Contributing Author: Traveling Latina
If you are like me during the winter months, you get that itching feeling to travel but you start looking at airfare and it discourages you since the airlines have been hiking up their rates the last couple of months due to the increase of petroleum. So with your travel budget, you find yourself not being able to afford the vacation of your dreams. You no longer have to feel that way. There many ways where you can enjoy some great beach, pool or just plain old’ warm weather for a great rate.
Whether you are planning a solo or couples trip, I would first recommend to search through World Wide Travel Exchange . Similar to Travelocity, they offer some great vacation packages to Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Caribbean. They even offer hotel and airfare deals to U.S. Destinations and Canada.
Last year I used their site to book a 5 day 4 night trip to Los Cabos, Mexico. My boyfriend and I were able to book airfare, hotel, all meals and drinks included roundtrip transportation from Los Cabos airport to hotel for $720 each. It was a steal! We got a chance to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico and relax.
We went during Labor Day weekend and booked the trip one month out, when usually airfare is a bit expensive since it is a busy weekend and close to the date. But don’t be fooled with World Wide Travel Exchange, sometimes their packages can be slightly more expensive than other sites such as Travelocity, Orbitz, American Airlines Vacations etc.
If you don’t have the funds to book the trip in full, then another option is monthly payments that Bookit.com offers to most of their destinations. A few years back I used their site to book a trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The trip came out to be about $800 per person but it included: airfare, hotel, all meals and drinks, and roundtrip transportation. I requested to use their payment plan and was able to pay off the trip in 3 months prior to departure.
The only downfall is that they do request for you to pay almost 40% of the package prior to using the payment plan…so this is ideal for those that are traveling in a large group or family and would like to get a great deal and slowly pay it off. Bookit.com also offers a BillMeLater plan (subject to credit approval) which is another great option for those of us that have great credit and would like to get away because work is burning you out or you just need to get away for many other personal reasons.
The best part about any vacation is planning it and getting it on your calendar. But be patient with yourself sometimes the places you want to go to aren’t affordable at this moment, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be in the future…sign up for travel deals through your favorite airlines or even some of the sites listed above! Good luck in booking your upcoming vacations.