When it comes to vacations, sometimes it's as simple as you get what you pay for.
Love finding a great vacations deal? We all do. And, yes they exist... but to a degree. It's all relative.
Resort accommodations range from below basic to the most luxurious place you've ever been. Their prices reflect this. You need to know what you WANT and what you NEED in accommodations.
There are travelers that are all about the destination. How they get there, and where they stay mean nothing. Then, there are travelers (me included) that consider the flight, rental car and hotel part of the experience. I'm not one of those people that will take the cheapest cabin on a cruise ship because 'you are never in there'. I, personally, disagree and feel like you actually spend a lot of time in the cabin and I want it to be nice.
But, here is the thing. It can be expensive to vacation, especially if you, like me, like nice accomodations, flights and experiences. Yes, indeed, there will be sales. And, yes indeed, there will always be something cheaper. But you, and only you, can decide if it's worth it.
As a general practice, there is a airline I won't quote or sell. It's a small cheap airline that has cheap lead-in prices, but you pay for EVERYTHING. Plus, the planes are old, and they don't adjust well to issues. I simply don't like to put a family on a flight to Orlando at 1am and ask them to pay carry-on's and checked bag. The experience is horrible. Instead -- pay a little more, travel at a better time, get to carry on a bag ... and overall, feel better about your travel.
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Jill is a travel agent located in Prior Lake, MN. After years in the corporate world planning events and meetings, she decided to take those skills along with her love for travel research & planning and created It's a Snap Travel.