Before you start making plans for a staycation, try these insider tips and tricks to save money on your next vacation from travel experts John DiScala, editor-in-chief of JohnnyJet.com, and John Novotny of Travellers, Inc. in Lawrence, Kan.
While adding two more people to your vacation plans may seem counterintuitive to saving, "you need to be aware of senior rates and things offered for active retired people," says Novotny
"Once you get past November 1, the likelihood of storms isn't that great," Novotny
If you're flexible on where you sail from, and what kind of liner you bunk in, you can save even more money.
"The cruise lines have positioned ships in places like Galveston [Tex.], Los Angeles, New Orleans, Baltimore [Md.], Tampa [Fla.], Port Canaveral [Fla.]-areas that are less traditional cruise ports," Novotny
avoid having to purchase the air transportation as part of the trip," Novotny
"Then, as a double bonus, part of the excitement of the trip could be the route you take to the destination-how unique can you make that?"
Get creative with accommodations.
For families of four or more, Novotny
suggests looking into condo or house vacation rentals, "which may have a kitchenette or a full kitchen to help avoid eating in restaurants for every meal.
also suggests checking the website of your destination's visitor's bureau to see if they are offering any promotions for visitors.
Don't assume a deal is done once you hit "book."
"It's always good to re-check the price prior to arriving, but never reference the reservation that you already have," Novotny