How to Travel to Jamaica on a Budget
Have you always dreamed of vacationing on the beautiful island of Jamaica? Due the poor economy, now might not seem like the best time to travel far, but don’t let that stop you. By taking advantage of travel deals and discounts and with careful planning, you can easily have your dream Caribbean vacation, even when on a budget! How?
Shorten your trip length. On average, most tourists visit Jamaica for 5 to 7 days. Extended trips are nice, but not if you need to cut costs. To make your Jamaica vacation more affordable, consider staying for four days instead of five or six instead of seven. You automatically save money! Most first-time travelers mistakenly believe you need a week to explore the best of Jamaica. Yes, a week is nice, but make good use of your time and you won’t miss a thing.
Travel during the week. To reduce the amount of work missed, many Americans carefully plan their trips. For example, you may want to depart Saturday morning. However, you are likely to find better deals and discounts during the workweek. Airlines usually offer lower rates for fights departing on Wednesdays, instead of Fridays or Saturdays. You may also find lower hotel and resort rates too. You won’t know until you like, so you should. When getting price quotes, experiment with your travel dates and times.
Don’t be swayed by hotels with low rates, but nothing in return. If on a strict budget, you might assume you need nothing more than a roof over your head each night. Yes, this is a good concept, but not the best approach. Not only do you want to save money, but also get the best value for your money. The two go hand in hand. For that reason, consider Jamaica all-inclusive resorts. With all-inclusive resorts, you do pay more money upfront, but you get more in return. An inclusive travel package should include the cost of your room, food, drinks, tips, qualifying airport transfers, and onsite entertainment.
Carefully examine all-inclusive resort amenities. If you just get a roof over your head by opting for a traditional hotel, you will be lucky to gain access to a swimming pool. That is not the case with all-inclusive resorts. They vary greatly depending on location, but some are home to multiple swimming pools, fitness centers, spas, multiple restaurants, golf courses and more. Beachfront resorts may include the cost of windsurfing, snorkeling, and so forth. If included as an inclusion, you already paid for access to these activities, so use them. Don’t waste money by venturing offsite and paying an extra, unnecessary fee. Choose the all-inclusive Jamaica resort with the most to offer.
Make your arrangements in the form of a travel package. When examining all-inclusive resorts, you automatically get a travel package. The cost of your room, food, drinks, tips, and entertainment is included. You also have the option to include airfare. Unless you have already separately booked your flight, do it! Travel packages are designed to save you both time and money. They lump a number of arrangements into one and you are often rewarded with a discount.
Price compare to find the best deals offsite. All-inclusive resorts in Jamaica are designed so that you never have to leave. You could, literally, have the vacation of a lifetime just by staying onsite. However, Jamaica is one of those places that you just want to get out and explore. Do it, but also do a little bit of research first to keep the costs low. If you want to take a Jamaica boat tour, use the internet to find tour companies located near your resort. Then, price compare. Don’t pay more than you need to. That is one of the most important components of planning a cheap trip to Jamaica.
At first glance, a trip to Jamaica may seem financially out of your reach. Luckily, there are many travel deals and discounts available, as well as other ways to save money. As a recap, look at all-inclusive resorts, make use of the activities available at those resorts, price compare to find the best deals offsite, and wisely choose your travel dates and time. Implement these steps and see your dream vacation appear within your reach!