This Week’s Top 10 Budget Travel Deals

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The Budget Diet Girl’s money-saving travel wisdom…deal first, destination second. It simply means, don’t get your heart set on a destination and then look for deals that might not exist. Reverse your thinking and get excited about a deal first!

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Top 10 Budget Travel Deals

When it comes to searching for deals, the traditional travel sites are a good starting point, but try a few of these unconventional ways to save money on travel like Groupon Getaways, discounted gift cards, cash back for travel or be spontaneous with last minute travel deals!

FREE 1-Night Stay at a Bed & Breakfast for Veterans – On Monday November,10th and Tuesday, November 11th, hundreds of bed and breakfast inns in the United States and Canada will be offering a free 1-night stay for Veterans. Reservations must be made in advance, so check out the entire list of inns participating and plan a little getaway.


This week, has discounted gift cards American Airlines (5% off), Southwest (5% off), United Airlines (5% off) plus huge savings on hotel gift cards like Choice Hotels (12% off), Fairmont Hotels (10% off), Four Seasons (11% off), Hyatt (8% off), Marriott (6% off). Snatch up these discounted gift cards now to save on your next getaway. It’s no-brainer instant savings.

Have you heard of Air B&B? When we were vacationing last month we met 2 couples that were both staying in Air B&B properties, and we were shocked to discover how little they were paying. With Air B&B, you rent unique places to stay from local hosts in over 190 countries. Maybe you want to rent a room, a cottage or an entire house. The possibilities are endless, and the prices will amaze you!

Groupon: Bananarama Dive Resort – Honduras, 3-, 4-, or 7-Night Stay for Two with Airport Transfer, Breakfast, and Kayak Rental at Bananarama Dive Resort in Honduras from $259.

Groupon: 3-, 5-, or 7-Night All-Inclusive Stay for Two at Las Sirenas by Mayan Princess in Roatan. Includes Taxes and Fees, from $635 (52% savings!)

Groupon: 2-Night Stay for Two in a Deluxe or Strip-View Room with Two Cirque du Soleil Tickets at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, from $239

Hurry and Book by Oct 31st! Save Up to 55% on All-Inclusive RIU Beachfront Luxury Hotels with Expedia! – Expires 10/31/14.

Save 5% on select hotels with code HOTDEAL43! Book by 10/26, Travel by 12/18

Las Vegas Hotel Deals: Complimentary show seat upgrades!

Earn Cash Back for Travel!
Through 10/31, Ebates has some huge cash back offers on popular travel sites and hotel chains.

  • Orbitz 11% cash back
  • Expedia 5.2% cash back
  • Choice Hotels 7% cash back
  • Marriott 5% cash back

Cash Back from Ebates – it just makes sense! Start all your travel plans on

Remember…deal first, destination second!

Happy Savings & Happy Travels!


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  1. Kristl /

    So glad to hear that you use Ebates to save on travel! The Groupon travel deals are great, but you have to be open minded about your travel destination…as I say, “deal first, destination second!”

  2. Definitely love booking through eBates! So much money can be saved and earned there! Haven’t tried Groupon or Living Social for travel deals far away but the ones we’ve done within driving distance have been great!

  3. Simply wanna admit that this is handy , Thanks for taking your time to write this. “Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.” by Fred Allen.

  4. Always loved deals on traveling! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kristl /

    I’m hooked on these deal sites, and I’m thrilled they’re getting into the travel business! As I always say…”deal first, destination second.” Don’t get your heart set on a certain destination, instead get excited about a great travel deal.

  6. Checkout (it’s just like groupon) for more great deals!

  7. Love your story & the happy ending! Deal first, destination second is a huge money savings, but you have to have an open mind!

  8. One of our best trips was found through deal first, travel second. We’d planned a trip to Rome, the boys were 21 and 16, two special years, so we were going to take them as a gift. The oldest was/is in the military and just couldn’t get the time (he was in the states and had vacation time) because of training. Hubby and I had been, and loved it, but wanted to try something new and save a second trip to Rome for when the boys could join us. We looked around and found a GREAT deal (1/4 of the price of our Rome vacation) to Prague in the Czech Republic. What a great vacation it turned out to be!!!

    Sooo…long story short, lol (too late for that, I know), I totally agree that keeping an open mind can lead to a really great vacation. Great advice!

  9. Some great finds here! Thanks so much. It’s nice to have a bunch to choose from together in one place.


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