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Four More Budget Travel Tips

Guest Author - Jim Fortune

This article is a continuation of the article I did recently that you may have seen.

Three Best Budget Travel Tips . These are four more tips that will help you for 2009. The best part is that you can take advantage of these budget travel tips right now.

  • The Best Car Insurance Web Site? Try Ins Web . I was able to take an RV trip for my wife and I two for 10 days with the money I saved by shopping around for better car and homeowner's insurance. I was able to lower my car insurance cost by 50% and my home owner's insurance cost by 40%. I switched from a national company to a national company with a good reputation and got the exact same coverage. I mention that becasue I did not get coverage with a fly by night outfit. It was a well known name in the insurance business.

    When I got down to making a decision, I called the company advertised. They asked about coverage and I read the coverage from the face of the poolicy. I made sure we were comparing apples to apples. They asked what I was paying and I told them. They gave me a price which was about $20 less than what I was paying. I told the person that it was not much of a savings and she asked how often I was paying the premium and I said every six months. She informed me that the price she was quoting was for an annual premium. In other words for what I was paying for six months I could get insurance with them for twelve. That was going to save me 50% right off the bat.

    You owe it to yourself to check around and see if you can save some money to pay for your next trip. Of course you could save the money and take the family out for a nice dinner someplace too! It's your choice.

  • Best Way to Get the Lowest Price for Gas when you are travelling on vacation is to check Gas Prices at Mapquest. I know what my car gets for miles per gallon because I am always checking it every month or two. I used to check it even more often when the price was two times what it is today. Since I know what I get for gas mileage and I know how many gallons my tank holds, I now approximately how long I can drive before I get a fill up.

    What is good about the Gas Prices web site is that you can use it to see what the prices are for places you are travelling to. Start at the Mapquest web page to get directions to where you are driving to. Look at the directions to get an idea of how many miles you can drive before you will need to look for gas. Using the Gas Prices web tool you can find the gas stations on your way so you are not at the mercy of the high priced gas places close to the freeway or where ever you are drivng. Give it a try!

  • The Best Airline around is probably Southwest Airlines . What makes them the best? Well for one, they do not have a bag charge. As a matter of fact you can check two bags for free. Another good thing about Southwest is that you can Change your Tickets without paying a fee. How about No Fuel Surcharge? You might have to pay for snacks on some airlines, but not with Southwest. You can get curbside check in without any fee too. To see all of the no feee extras, visit No Hidden Fees for more information.
    While you are at it be sure to check out the Southwest Vacation web page.

  • Looking for a small digital camera? Check out the Casio Exilim EX-Z150BK , 8MP 4x Zoom, 3-Inch LCD Screen Digital Camera with 28mm Wide Angle Lens, CCD-shift Image Optical Stabilizer in Black. This camera from Amazon will cost you around $140. has them for $129, but I have never dealt with them so I can't recommend you go there. I have never had a problem with Amazon, though.

If you have any good tips why not drop me a line or leave them at the Budget Travel Forum.

Let me know how you are doing and where you are going. Drop me a line if you have any questions. You can drop me a comment on my Bio page.

All the Best from Bella Budget Travel,

Jim Fortune
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