Taking questions on trip planning and budgeting
Next week I am starting a series on Theme Park Insider to help people plan their 2009 family vacations.
Next year is shaping up to be a tough one for many families, when people will need to be extra careful with their spending. Some will skip vacations completely, while others will write off the possibility of visiting someplace like Orlando, believing it to be too expensive.
I've been visiting theme parks, as well as many other top tourist destinations around the country, for decades. And, trust me, with a degree in journalism, I understand working in low-paying jobs with little money left at the end of the month for travel.
Plus, I know a lot of other smart people with experience in trip planning, too. So... starting next Thursday, I'l be writing to offer advice and answer questions to help people plan their family vacations for 2009 and beyond.
If you have a question, or a topic you'd like me to address, please e-mail me via themeparkinsider [at] gmail.com. Please feel free to e-mail me any money-saving tips you've used that you think might help others, as well.
Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from many of you.
I don't know if it's really a money saving tip, but since we made family vacations a priority in 2005, we have always pre-paid for our trips months prior to departure. We usually go in June and pay for everything by January, February at the latest. We booked our trip for 11 days to WDW this month (October) through WDW travel, which is nice because it allows you to put down a deposit; you just have to ensure that the balance is paid in full about 45 days prior to your departure. We treat it like it's a regular monthly bill.
I say you get a job at Disney and Universal and all them and get the discounted tickets and accommodations! And the Cast Member gets free admission to the parks!
I would say start to talk about more local parks than the ones in CA and FL. Of course, this would mostly be Six Flags Parks, but if people still want to go to Theme Parks, Six Flags is very very cheap compared to Disney or Universal. Just an idea. It would also be great to talk about doing Disney and Universal as cheap as possible. I would be interested in hearing that question answered.
Just wanted to pass on some savings info on SFMM. I don't know if the other SF parks offer it, but SFMM has a twicket
I wonder if the Travel Channel is going to replay their "Disney on a Dime" special??
Here in the UK I am sure I am not alone Lamenting the loss of Travel City Direct (XL)
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