Over the last few years of living in a tight economy, I’ve learned to turn couponing for larger purchases into quite an art. I’ve rarely made a big buy such as for appliances or yard equipment over this time without getting one hundred, two hundred dollars off. During my coupon research for big family purchases I’ve noticed quite a bit that if you’re looking for an affordable family vacation, they’re out there and they aren’t even hard to find. You just have to know where to look and when.
I know no one who has shopped online lately will find it hard to believe, but if you want to look around for the best summer vacation deals, you’ll need to start looking around November of the year before the targeted summer. When businesses are still trying to catch up to their discount offers in a year, they will often begin pushing vacation packages at the end of any given year.
If you’re looking for amusement park vacations that include your park tickets, hotel accommodations, and even park dining, or beach deals that include the same, make sure to begin checking around on those major discount sites under the proper keyword URL’s. Here are a few of those.
Groupon Family Fun
Groupon Family Deals
Groupon Beach Deals
LivingSocial Family Vacations
Living Social Travel and Hotel Deals
Remember, it’s important to use these exact URL’s so save them to your browser for future shopping!
Flash Travel Deal Sites
There’s also a new phenomenon in vacation shopping called “Flash Travel Deals.” While these are very similar to Groupon or LivingSocial deal styles, they also require a bit more regular browsing to find the exact vacation you’re looking for. However, if you’re like me and don’t mind putting a bit of research time into getting an incredibly good deal on a family vacation, you’ll absolutely love the comprehensive coverage of a great variety of activities that you won’t find on your Locals, Groupons or otherwise.
- Overstock Vacations – Hardly surprising that they offer these now. Vacation packages are indeed an intangible ‘item’ that many businesses ‘overstock’ every year. This is a great place to find that variety I mentioned.
- TravelZoo – TravelZoo has deal experts who work all over Asia, Europe and North America to help find you the best vacation deals around. Their deals often are all-inclusive on hotel, airefare and even local attraction ticketing.
- TripAlertz – This family-friendly vacation deal site called the “Groupon for travel” offers deals to a private member base, but it is free to sign up and well worth it if you want to keep an eye out for deals year round.
Another great way to always get the most up-to-date alerts on new travel deals is to utilize Google Alerts. Just type in Vacation Deals, Beach Deals, and get specific whereever possible. Typing in your specific location will help you to quickly find the exact family vacation deal you’re looking for.