One of the most common goals for 2014 is taking a trip to somewhere new, and AAA wants to help you get there.
Stephanie Milan, from AAA Tennessee, wrote up some tips for those of us getting a little stir crazy.
1. Rates are lower when kids are in school
That's true for a cruise, domestic or international travel.One 4-night cruise on Royal Caribbean from Miami to the Bahamas is about $500 per person if you travel in the summer months. In November, the cost of that same cruise is about $280 per person—that's a 42% savings! If this is more your style, 2-Bedroom, 2-Bath condo at Hilton Head is about 30% cheaper in the Fall versus Summer. Even international travel—especially Europe—is greatly discounted in the off-season which is November through March.
2. Take a trip somewhere nearby
Chattanooga is a great option...it's an easy drive and has a great water-front atmosphere. Nashville is another weekend getaway. It's great for country music enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. You can visit the Frist Center for the Visual Arts or go down on Broadway to the Honky Tonks for a different kind of cultural experience. It's a great town with a lot to offer individuals and families. Another hot spot? Asheville! It has a small-town feel and is great for those who are into arts & crafts and outdoor activities.
3. Take a trip in the region
A little farther away will take you to The Outer Banks, The coast of Virginia, Savannah and Hilton Head. Hurricane season is now through November. So, be especially concerned with terms and conditions if you're booking on-line. Many packages and discount rates you'll find require pre-payment and are non-refundable.
4. Use a travel agent
It doesn't cost you anything to use a travel agency and often you can take advantage of packages or discounts that aren't available anywhere else.