Holiday Travel

How to Find Cheap Airfare to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Unless you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of New Orleans, the first order of business upon planning a trip to see the popular annual music festival known as New Orleans Jazz Fest is to find yourself a cheap flight. Airfare is almost always the biggest part of any travel budget, so the more you can cut down on that expense the more you’ll save on your trip overall. And as we all know, the more you save on airfare, the more po’boys you can buy. Or something like that.

Flying to New Orleans for Jazz Fest isn’t usually as expensive as flying to the city for its most famous festival, Mardi Gras – but it’s not unheard of for airlines to raise their prices on flights to New Orleans right around Jazz Fest. They know more people than usual are traveling to the event, and when demand is higher it’s the ideal time (in the eye of the airline) to raise ticket prices.

The good news is that Jazz Fest occurs before the height of the busy summer travel season, so prices on airline tickets aren’t quite at their peak yet – and if you do a bit of homework before you buy, you can avoid paying the highest prices for your trip. Here are some tips to help you save money on your airfare for New Orleans Jazz Fest.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2012 is April 27 – May 6. 

Women’s World Cup Travel Deals

Just because the 2010 World Cup is in the rear-view mirror doesn’t mean that soccer is off the world stage for another four years. In fact, this summer is when the best women’s teams in the world get their own showcase with the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

American fans may recall that it’s the US women’s team who brought home a World Cup trophy on two separate occasions, and they’re always among the teams in contention for the title – for many Americans it was the women’s national team rather than the men’s team that introduced them to the sport. This year, the US women are again in contention, along with a host of other really talented teams. The host-country, Germany, have won the past two Women’s World Cups, and other teams to watch include Brazil, Canada, Norway, and Sweden.

If you’re planning to go to Germany for the 2011 Women’s World Cup, here are some travel tips to help you get there on a budget.

>> The 2011 Women’s World Cup runs from June 26 through July 17, and all the games are in Germany.

Best Airports to Use for the Women’s World Cup

One of the good things for budget travelers trying to get to Germany for the Women’s World Cup in 2011 is that there are several airports to choose from. The more airport options you can consider for your flights, the better your chances are of finding good deals.

Although not every host city for the Women’s World Cup has a big international airport, a few of them do – and several other host cities are close to major airports, giving you lots of choices when it comes to where you’ll fly into.

Here are the main airports you can consider for a trip to the Women’s World Cup.

>> The Women’s World Cup in 2011 runs from June 26 through July 17. To figure out which games will be played in which cities, consult the official tournament site.

How to Find Cheap Airfare to the Women’s World Cup

The first order of business with just about any trip is finding a good price on airfare – and if you’re planning a trip for a big event, that task can be even harder. Add the complication of said event being during the high season and you’ve really got to do your homework to find cheap flights.

This is the perfect storm we find ourselves in for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. It may not be as big on the world stage as the Men’s World Cup, but it’s still a very big deal – made even more special because it only takes place every four years. It’s in Germany this year, and in the summer – which is Europe’s high season already. In other words, if you’re planning to go to any of the games and you don’t already have your plane tickets, you should probably get on that to-do item ASAP.

Here are some tips to help you find cheap airfare to Germany for the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

>> The Women’s World Cup runs from June 26-July 17, 2011.

U.S. Open Golf Tournament Travel Deals

Although some might think Mark Twain wasn’t far off when he described golf as “a good walk spoiled,” for others watching a major golf tournament can be the ideal excuse to plan a trip. In particular, the U.S. Open is one that many people go to every year – and because its location changes each year, it’s a way to turn a sports vacation into a more extended holiday and explore a new destination every time.

Of course, since the U.S. Open takes place in June, which is the high summer travel season in the United States, it’s not always easy to make a trip to see the tournament a budget-friendly adventure. Here are some things to consider when you’re planning a trip to see the U.S. Open to help you avoid spending a fortune on the trip.

>> In 2012, the U.S. Open is in San Francisco, California at The Olympic Club and it runs from June 11-17.

Wimbledon Championships Travel Deals

No matter how many times you might hear that you should try to avoid visiting a popular tourist city like London during its high season – summer – it’s not always easy to do so. In fact, London gives us lots of great reasons to visit during the summer, regardless of what the crowds are like. Besides the typically nicer weather, there are also big events that take place in London in summer that can be an excellent addition to any travel plans – including the famous Wimbledon Championships.

Whether or not you’re a serious tennis fan is beside the point. Wimbledon is legendary, partly of course for the world-class play you’ll see on the courts, but that’s not all. There are often famous spectators in the stands, so attending Wimbledon is a good chance to do some star-gazing. The traditions at Wimbledon are fun to participate in, too, especially the one about eating strawberries and cream.

If you’ll already be in London during the Wimbledon Championships, it’s worth checking to see whether there are any tickets available during your trip – and if you’re trying to plan a trip to London around the tennis tournament, here are a few things to keep in mind.

>> In 2012, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships run from June 25-July 8.

Father’s Day Travel Deals

There are all sorts of reasons to travel over Father’s Day weekend – you might be headed home for a surprise visit to see Dad on his special day, or you might be a dad planning a trip with your kids. Heck, you might be a dad planning a trip with your friends to get away from your kids!

No matter what the reason is behind your trip, the first task of any travel deal-hunter is to find a good price on an airplane ticket.

While finding cheap airfare is usually at the top of any traveler’s list, it becomes more important when you’re traveling when flights aren’t at their lowest prices. Special events and holidays tend to make the prices on air tickets go up, so flying for Father’s Day is already potentially problematic. Add to this the fact that Father’s Day falls in June, one of the most popular travel months for the Northern Hemisphere, and you’ve got additional issues – finding summer travel deals can get pretty complicated.

How to Find Cheap Airfare for Father’s Day

Some holidays are more popular for trips than others, there’s no denying it. But as any travel nut will tell you, any holiday is a good excuse for getting out of town. Father’s Day may conjure up images of the kids bringing Dad coffee in bed at the crack of dawn, but there’s no reason Father’s Day can’t be a travel holiday – especially if Dad doesn’t live nearby.

Flying home to visit Dad over Father’s Day weekend may sound like a great idea, and Dad would certainly appreciate it, but finding a cheap flight could be a challenge. If your plans include a getaway with the whole family instead, you still run into the same issues – it sounds excellent, and then you start looking at airfare and it seems more difficult.

Father’s Day is a bit of a double-whammy when it comes to finding cheap fares, since it’s a holiday weekend (when airlines tend to raise prices on fares) and it’s the start of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. So whatever trip you’re planning for Father’s Day weekend, the first order of business needs to be finding the best deal on a flight to wherever you’re going.

Here are some tips to help you find cheap flights over Father’s Day weekend.

>> Father’s Day in 2012 is June 17

Girls Weekend Travel Deals

It probably doesn’t take much encouragement for groups of girlfriends to jump at the idea of a girls getaway. Even if it’s just a short break away from the regular routine, it’s refreshing to surround yourself with your best gal pals and pamper yourselves – whether that means getting a mani/pedi while sipping a martini or telling stories around a campfire.

Planning a girls getaway weekend trip can be a headache, as any group trip can be – so many personalities to consider, so many lists of things people want to do and see… If you’ve been assigned the task of figuring it all out for your group of girlfriends, we sympathize – and we hope the articles listed below will help you get the job done more quickly.

Girls Getaway Packages

To some people, the idea of booking a package trip isn’t very appealing – and in many ways, trips you plan yourself can be more satisfying. But when you’re at the helm of planning a group trip – even a girls getaway with your best friends – package vacations can be the only way to make everyone happy.

Among the many benefits of a package vacation for a girls getaway is the fact that many of the expenses are taken care of up front. This is appealing for budget-conscious travelers who like keeping unknown costs to a minimum. What’s included in a package trip varies depending on the package, but some common elements of package deals tend to be transportation (usually airfare) and lodging – and if you’re lucky, you’ll get some activities and meals included, too.