Old-Fashioned Tricks to Save on Travel

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The New York Times has them…

You could probably shave a few more cents off travel costs by downloading five new apps and bookmarking 10 new sites. But in 2013, the real savings will come to those who go retro — not by sending postcards with actual stamps (that’s what the Postagram app is for), but by stepping away from the screen, or using it differently, to find old-fashioned tactics that can save you big.

Some of their suggestions include:

  • directly calling hotels, car rental stores, and travel agencies to ask for discounts
  • checking local print publications for non-tourist trap entertainment ideas
  • travel to cheaper, less-visited countries (such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Hungary and Romania)
  • and taking a longer trip to one place, rather than frantically location-hopping.

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