How to Ensure Your Next Trip Is a Blast Without Going Broke

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How to Ensure Your Next Trip Is a Blast Without Going Broke

Surveys show most people go on vacation each year, leaving their worries behind. But what happens when that fancy hotel room you booked turns out to be pure nightmare fuel? You don’t want to wind up in Bates Motel! Here are four ways you can ensure that your trip doesn’t turn into a bad one.

Avoid Things that Sound TGTBT
If a deal sounds Too Good To Be True (TGTBT), it probably is. With the rise of so many travel apps, the hotel and room spaces have become littered with options. Of course, this can be a problem. Not only do many vacation rentals typically have far fewer reviews than your typical hotel, but they aren’t always rented by businesses. By the time they’ve taken your money, they’re probably taking the listing down and putting up a new one (eliminating the option of leaving a well-deserved review.) Scammers are the worst!

If you see a room that overlooks the city and is fully furnished for a tenth of the price of every other spot in the city, it’s probably a scam. Don’t trust that TGTBT deal. There’s a reason that 90% of people who read online reviews say it influences their purchasing decision — they work. You get to hear from real people who experienced the hotel, room, or rental you’re planning on staying in.

Look for reviews from third parties who aren’t paid for their flourishing words. Inc. says to watch for comments that lack details, have more verbs than nouns, or have fishy pronoun use. Those are likely paid reviews, not the real deal.
Pay By Credit
Paying with cash or check is definitely easy, but it’s also risky. With a credit card, you can take the problem up with your credit card company — which will hopefully give you a refund and the renter a stern talking to. If you pay cash, you might be out of luck. You may come across hotels that offer cash-only discounts; avoid those at all costs. If your hotel doesn’t have a refund policy, your credit card company probably does.

ThePointsGuy explains that many travel cards will not only back you up, but they will also provide discounts and rewards to save you money. It makes even more sense to charge your trip, and then pay it off immediately when you get home. You can even use the rewards for your next adventure!
Save Some Serious Dough on Rentals
Road trips are a great way to not only take in a new place, but your wheels are handy whenever you want to do something on a lark. When you’re out and about, the last thing you want to do is worry about the cost of your transportation. Getting to and from your destination, and enjoying the sights, sounds, and flavors while you’re there, should be fun and not fraught with concern.

Frugal Fringe explains it’s often less expensive to rent over taking your own wheels, plus it saves wear and tear on your car. You can sign up for special offers from services like Enterprise to save some cash on the rental, then save even more with Enterprise Rent a Car coupons and promo codes.

If you need to fly, Thrifty Nomads suggests searching for your flight with a private browser, since prices usually soar as cookies show you’re a return shopper. And to add more to your savings, try switching up the dates. Midweek is typically the best time to fly and avoid holiday travel as well.

We all want to save cash on travel. Just make sure that you don’t try to save the wrong way. Taking a gamble on underpriced hotels and rentals can quickly turn your vacation into a stay-away-cation. Remember, if the deal is Too Good To Be True, there’s a good chance that it is. Read some reviews, and do some searching to save more. After all, the more cash you save, the more you can splurge on higher tier accommodations with amazing reviews.

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