Fwd: Are 'cheap' vacations worth it?

From: Sue
Sent on: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:26 PM
Greetings World Travelers!
 
I received this email from a tour operator. While I realize they are trying to sell their company, I found some of the information was worth reading.
 
Sue
Organizer


-----Original Message-----
From: Holidaze Ski Tours <[address removed]>
To: grassylakeiii <[address removed]>
Sent: Tue, Jan 31,[masked]:20 pm
Subject: Are 'cheap' vacations worth it?

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The Business of Travel 
How to spend smartly when you travel  January, 2012 
From our jobs to our personal lives, the economic downturn of the past few years has affected everyone of us in some way. And, of course, we certainly realize that due to this, a vacation may be the last thing on your mind.

But, come on. Everyone deserves a break. And some of you may think that means going online to find the cheapest possible deals; shaving off a few bucks here and there, not necessarily realizing the service that you are giving up on.

Whether it is $500 or $5000, the money you spend on a vacation should go the distance, and you should be confident that the amount you are spending (no matter how much it is) is worth it.

In our opinion, this doesn't mean that you should try to cut corners by going to discount travel websites. Often times, you may not even realize what you're getting is not what you wanted.

This is why we believe in what we do. Personally, I would rather spend a little more money to have direct access to someone who can answer questions about the destination I'm traveling to. Someone who can give me a recommendation about a great local restaurant or give me advice about which museums to visit. Vacations are going to expensive, even if they are priced low, because you've worked hard for the money that you're spending.

Have you ever taken a lower-priced offer for a trip and then end up spending more once away because certain inclusions were cut out? If you really want to plan a budget-friendly vacation, sometimes it is better to include things like meals and day trips to begin with so that no one has to worry about these expenses during the trip. You don't want to worry about your spending money every day and not actually enjoy your vacation, do you?

That's why we want to help you plan your vacations - whether for a group or for yourself - so that you can be sure your budget is met and you will actually have a relaxing vacation.

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER YOUR BUDGET
First, you may be asking, 'How do I even know what type of budget I want?' Well, here the key things you should think about:

Destination -
  1. Do you have a destination in mind?
  2. Or maybe you have just been saving so that you can go on a trip and would like to talk to someone about possibilities?
  3. We have trip possibilities all around the world - from skiing to island-hopping, from adventure hiking, to cruising the Danube River. There are so many possibilities - and the cruises will even allow you to visit multiple cities and/or countries for a very cost-efficient price.
Hotel -
  1. Would you like a 3,4 or 5 star hotel?
Meals -
  1. Mostly, international hotels include breakfast in their room cost.
  2. Would you like to include dinner and/or lunch? (This would be a consideration for land trips - cruises typically include all meals)
  3. Would you like to include a pre-paid dinner out to a local restaurant?
Transfers -
  1. We can put together private transfer for you and/or your group if you would like. This is something to consider in the budget as private transfers for under 10 individuals may be a little pricey. However, there is always public transportation and/or taxis.
Airfare -
  1. We have contract rates with several airlines and can provide discounted rates for groups. At times, we can provide discounted rates for individuals, but we will never recommend booking air through us if you may be able to find a less expensive flight online. With air, you would be getting the same type of service from us as from any website, however with the added benefit of having a real human being to speak with.

Give us a call or send us an email!
Remember, we are here to help you, and we want to make sure that planning your vacation is as exciting as the actual trip!
Sincerely,
 

Bob Mc Erlean, President
Holidaze Ski Tours
810 Belmar Plaza
Belmar, NJ 07719
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