By Jesse Clarke of Soulful Travel
Many people put off planning the vacation of a lifetime because of budgeting concerns. But what if you could avoid paying full price for travel, making it more affordable and accessible than ever? Here’s how to save to ensure you always get the best deal on travel of all types.
Don’t Buy Without Searching for Discounts
Whatever you plan to purchase—be it luggage or gear—don’t check out until you search for discounts. Retailers like Macy’s offer promo codes and coupons for all manner of products—ensuring you never pay full price on everything you need for a good trip. You can save more by getting free shipping if you spend more than $99, opening a Macy’s credit card, and earning cash back on purchases on Macy’s products from sites like Rakuten. Read this 19 Ways to Save at Macy’s guide to learn about more ways you can save.
Select a Tour Instead of Driving
With the price of gas—plus vehicle maintenance—you can expect to pay a premium for road travel. The good news is, scheduling a tour often costs significantly less than driving around (and getting lost) on your own. Plus, you can see all the sights, no expert-level knowledge or navigation necessary.
Choose Package Deals When Possible
From bundles that combine flights, hotels, and car rentals to all-inclusive resorts with entertainment packages and dining options, package deals are almost always an excellent purchase. Plus, you save time searching for the perfect itinerary.
Sign Up for a Cash-Back Card
In addition to coupon offers that involve earning cash back, signing up for cash-back credit cards can help pad your pockets for travel. Many credit card companies offer extra point values for specific types of purchases—like travel, groceries, or gas—enabling you to earn more, faster.
Plan Trips in Advance
Instead of going into debt for your vacation—which can more likely happen to millennials than any other demographic, per Access Development—plan ahead to finance your trip. From booking early to planning around holidays (the worst time to travel), thinking ahead can help you cut costs.
Use Price-Matching Benefits
From cruise lines to airlines, many travel industry companies offer price matching features when you book with them. For example, Carnival gives you 48 hours within booking your cruise to find a better deal elsewhere. If you do, Carnival will give you 110 percent of the difference in onboard credit.
Airlines like British Airways, Delta, and American Airlines offer similar price matching features, USA Today highlights, and many hotels and resorts follow suit.
Take Advantage of Membership Benefits
Many companies offer membership benefits that include travel discounts and packages. For example, Costco offers its members exclusive travel packages that aren’t available elsewhere. Most Costco travel bundles include credit toward purchases at your destination, too.
Other companies with exclusive membership benefits include the Disney Vacation Club, AAA, USAA, and even AARP. Even if your membership affiliation only nets you a five percent discount, the savings can add up.
Select Vacation Rentals Rather Than Hotels
With so many affordable vacation rental options available these days, it’s surprising that so many people stick with hotels. Even if you pay extra for a full apartment, condo, or home on your holiday, consider the fact that you can save on food costs if you have access to a kitchen.
Plus, you can save on travel if your vacation rental is centrally located. Unlike hotels, which tend to lie in hotel districts without amenities accessible by foot, many rental properties are in neighborhoods with excellent access to grocery stores, gas stations, and shopping.
However you travel and wherever you’re headed, there are straightforward ways to save on your vacation budget. All it takes is a bit of planning, these insider tips, and the motivation to achieve the best—and most budget-friendly—adventure ever.
Calling all Millennials, Gen Xers and Seniors, Allen Batista Travel, Inc. announces 10 cultural sightseeing tours to fill your travel diaries. Whether you are seeking a learning adventure, baby moon or skip trip (grandparents traveling with grandchildren), our sightseeing adventures spotlight the culture, fine cuisine and soft adventure in Havana, Mexico City, Florence and Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Lisbon, Porto and Algarve, Ghana, Paris, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and the Maldives.
We offer an insider’s view into Havana Cuba, a once forbidden destination, thanks to the “Support for Cuban People” visa. Multiple dates are available to uncover Havana’s rich history and culture, savor fine Cuban fare and of course, experience the vibrant nightlife.
Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, is one of the oldest cities founded by the Native Americas. Highlights include Teotihuacan Pyramid (Pyramid of the Sun), Temple of Quetzacoatl “The Feathered Serpent,” Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Mariachi performance and more.
Our Florence, Rome, Lucca, Pistola and Pisa journey spotlights popular bucket list attractions – Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Il Colosseo, the Vatican City and others.
Known as the birthplace of modern democracy, Athens expedition features the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Acropolis, and Temple of Apollo. Take an interactive Mediterranean cooking class. Indulge in a cruise around the Saronic Islands – Aegina, Poros and Hydras.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is an art enthusiast’s paradise. This tour features a three-hour city tour, see Antoni Guadi’s architectural masterpieces (Sagrada Familia), a Cava vineyard trip to savor fine Spanish wines, a Flamenco dance show and dinner, and of course, Tapas cuisine.
Known as the “City of Lights,” Paris adventure features three-hour city tour, interactive cooking and perfume making classes, Palace of Versailles, Eiffel Tower and Seine river cruise, and of course, night on the town for Moulin Rouge.
Lisbon, Porto and Algarve Portugal excursion features a Lisbon city tour, Pena Palace and Sintra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, wine tasting, sunset cruise, walking tour to learn about Portugal’s role in the slave trade, and sunset cruise.
Ghana cultural tour showcases sites associated with the slave trade to the Americas, dance and yoga classes, Tafi Atomi, a monkey sanctuary, and rainforest canopy walk. Volunteer at a local orphanage.
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in India adventure features an Old Delhi pedicab tour, visit the Taj Mahal, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Raj Ghat, a memorial to Ghandi, take in a Bollywood movie and indulge in an interactive cooking class.
Nestles in the Arabian Sea, The Maldives is a mecca for soft adventure lovers. And, we have three packages to snorkeling, night fishing, or simply enjoy half day excursions to secluded islands in the Maldives. Dates are flexible. Tell us your dates and we make your dreams vacation come true.
Groups packages are available. We hope to see you on one of our excursions. Visit www.abtravel.us or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your next adventure.
Named after Athena, the Greek Goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, strategic warfare, law and justice, Athens will enchant visitors with a vibrant mix of modern amenities set amidst UNESCO World heritage sites. Athens, after all is the birthplace of the modern democracy giving the world great thinkers such as Socrates, Plato and Aristole.
Today, this city has evolved to be one of the top European destinations offering visitors fine Mediterranean fare, bustling nightlife, trend setting fashion designers, and of course, tantalizing Greek wine.
Where to visit in Greece?
Enriched with umpteen of picturesque coastal areas. Greece has wide Mountain range and plethora of islands which offers you the best historic sites with landscapes, nightlife scenes and cultural delights.
Halkidiki, Thessaloniki and Peloponnese
If you are looking for the city central area, social events, lively festivals, and for a buzzing nightlife, then Thessaloniki is best to go with. Halkidiki and Peloponnese offer you thrill with its excellent beaches on the other hand.
Athens and Delphi
Athens is one of the most vibrant cities in the Greece and this city hosted the 2014 Olympic Games. The Acropolis of Athens is a must see ancient citadel perched on the rocky outcrop above the city of Athens. The Arch of Hadrian, also known as Hadrian’s Gate, is another monumental gateway resembling a triumphal arch.
Delphi has been known throughout history for the oracles
Best places to visit in Athens
Athens is eminent for its most glorious past and ancient ruins. Enriched with archaeology museums and tourists enjoy spending time in Plaka district's. Apart from it, tradition restaurant terraces allure people with its palatable cuisine.
National Archaeology, Byzantine and Cycladic Art are well famous museums in Athens. National Archaeology was built up in the past century and is considered as the largest museum in Greece and one of the greatest antiquities museums in the world.
It has Greek sculptures from the 16th century BC and reveals a conventional period of late antiquity with rare masterpieces. On the other hand, Byzantine Museum demonstrates a valuable collection of Byzantine art with more than 25000 religious artifacts. Lastly, the Museum of Cycladic Art was established in the late 19th century and it has about 3000 antiques which symbolize ancient Greek and Cyclades art.
The Acropolis and Holy Apostles Church
It is considered the most illustrative building is the Parthenon. Do not forget to visit the largest temple of the traditional relic period dating from 447 BC to 338 BC. With two fascinating neighborhoods, Plaka and Anafiotika are renowned for best cosines and picturesque pedestrian streets. Holy Apostles Church was built in 10th century and the world oldest building to visit.
Both these regions offer you the most spectacular views with antiques, traditional building and sunny beaches along with city features. For the best Athens package just visit ALLEN BATISTA TRAVEL
Summer is just a couple of months away.
If you are looking for a team building activity or a corporate summer party, then I hope you will consider one of Allen Batista Travel’s themed boat rides – Latin, stand-up comedy show, samba and adult magic show – for your new company outing.
Come set sail for three hours up the East River. Take in spectacular views of Manhattan’s key attractions such as Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport, Governor’s Island all from a climate controlled, air conditioned U.S. coast guard certified boat.
Here is a quick overview for our themed parties.
Comedy Boat Ride
Expect waves of laughter from the rising New York City stand-up comedians during the comedy boat ride. Our talented comics have performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, New York Comedy festival, television shows such as BET and Comedy Central and New York City’s comedy clubs.
We offer a diverse line up of comedians – different nationalities as well as a mix of men and women – and our guests are guaranteed to tickle your fancy during these comedy cruises.
Latin Boat Ride
Professional Latin dancers will give guests helpful tips for fine tuning their salsa or bachata or cha cha dance moves on the floor. Then, our professional dancers will dazzle guests with a spectacular dance presentation to one song.
Our DJ will keep the rhythms pulsing and keep our guests dancing all throughout the cruise with a diverse selection of salsa, bachata, reggaeton, cha cha, and Latin house.
Magic Show Boat Ride
Master magician will spin the ultimate web of deception with mentalism tricks during this sailing. Audience participation is key. Our master magician will skillfully weave audience members into the show and often leaves them with a look of wonder during this interactive show.
ABT will work with the client to tailor the menu to feature Kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free options on the menu. Our package includes boat rental, entertainment and lunch or dinner. There is an assortment of cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase from a cash bar.
Samba Boat Ride
If Brazilian music is your thing, then we hope you will consider our samba cruise. Brazilian musicians keep our guests dancing to popular tunes such as bossa nova, forro, samba reggae and Brazilian pop music.
Allen Batista Travel works with talented and versatile dj’s who spin a variety of musical genres ranging from top 40, Latin, Brazilian and R&B.
We are here to help with your private, team building cruise. Email us at email@example.com.
Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with magic, mystery and comedy at the legendary Broadway Comedy Club, located in the heart of midtown. Allen Batista Travel, Inc., a one-stop destination for airfare, car rentals, cruises, hotels and vacation packages, produces a family-oriented magic show twice a month featuring two professional magicians: Randy Masters and Rich Kameda who perform in rotation at the comedy club.
Our family-oriented magic show is great for kids’ birthday parties, as well as adults who wish to see some sleight of hand and mentalism. It’s an interactive experience for the young, as well as the young at heart. Though the venue is a comedy club, there is only clean comedy, and (no worries) no sword swallowing or fire eating. Our magicians present magic and sleight of hand for all ages.
The Broadway Comedy Club doors open at 12:30 p.m. There is close-up strolling magic at your table for the first thirty minutes. Then, at 1:00 pm, there is an hour of dazzling magic guaranteed to keep you and your family on the edge of your seats.
About Randy Masters
Magician Randy Masters combines comedy, magic, mind reading, and audience-involvement into a high-energy show that is appropriate for ages 5 to 105. After the 30-minute pre-show (close-up magic at your table), the hour-long stand-up comedy magic show includes illusions with cards and coins, borrowed rings and watches, billiard balls, flags, toilet seat covers, hot sauce, jumbo dice, balloons, eyeballs, rope and much more. There will be magic for the kids, as well as sleight of hand and mind-reading for adults.
Definitely something for everybody! Randy Masters will perform on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sat, Nov. 10.
About Rich Kameda
Master magician Rich Kameda, also known as the Astonishing Asian, is bilingual magician who can perform in English and in Japanese. Kameda spins the ultimate web of deception by having an image move on a sheet of paper, as well as ripping up a newspaper and then assembling the paper right before your eyes.
We have all heard the adage, “seeing is believing.” However, our master illusionist will leave you with look of wonder during the family-oriented, kid friendly magic shows.
Rich Kameda will perform on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sat, Nov. 17.
Since our magic shows take place during lunch time, Broadway Comedy Club has a food and beverage requirement which is not part of the admissions ticket (2 item minimum per guest). The comedy club’s menu includes pizza, hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries, hummus, as well as an assortment of sodas, juice and water. Parents can easily order food and beverages during the magic show.
If you are looking for a family-oriented magic show, or something special for a children’s birthday party, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.