Plan a Cheap Escape – Part 2

Cheryl Agondini works as travel consultant for Rubys Travel Agency. She has helped my family and I plan a number of memorable vacations while on a budget. I contacted her with a few question regarding affordable travel for college students. Enjoy ❤


Q: What destinations would you consider most affordable for college students? 

A: The most affordable Caribbean destinations would be Cancun, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, Jamaica, and even Costa Rica.   Generally airfare is reasonable with nonstop travel to Mexico and the Caribbean. The all-inclusive hotels include almost everything up front such as all meals and snacks, all beverages including domestic alcoholic drinks (some resorts include premium brands), daytime activities and nighttime entertainment as well as hotel taxes and gratuities. As a travel consultant I can find all-inclusive resorts suitable for every taste and budget, from value-priced, casual hotels to elegant 5-star luxury resorts.  Providing a budget will help get the best resort or room for your money.

Q: When’s the best and worst time to book airfare?

A: It is best to book as far in advance as possible for the cheapest air rates, especially for summer vacations or holiday weeks.   The worst time is waiting until the last minute.  As a general rule, airlines set a certain amount of seats at a reduced rate and when they are sold, the next segment of seating is at a higher price and so on.

Q: Do you get better deals when booking at a group rate versus individually?

A: Yes, group bookings have discounted rates and add-on amenities in certain cases. A group is considered 10 rooms however in some instances a group can be as little as 5 rooms depending on the location of travel.

Q: Is there a cheaper day of the week/ time of the day to leave and return from your trip?

A: Usually, leaving mid-week can save several hundred dollars in airfare versus traveling on a weekend. I have the ability to check the airfare for the cheapest rates within a 30 day period.

Q: Is it more affordable to purchase a package that includes airfare, hotel, and car rental versus booking everything separately?

A: As a travel consultant I have access to many tour operators and resources that offer many benefits and often discounts of booking a “package” that would include air/land/insurance and transfers. This will take the work, worry and guesswork from you making the arrangement onto the travel agent.   If any issues arise you will always have someone to refer back to for assistance.

Q: Any other quick tips that will help a college student plan an affordable vacation?

A: Plan early, contact a travel agent, and beware of “cheap” online booking. Be sure you a have passport and that it is valid for travel from 6 months from your return date.  Remember to factor in any possible luggage fees that may apply.  Also, check with your phone carrier for any fees that may apply when you travel internationally.  Any property recommendations are safe but please book any tours through the hotel tour desk and be aware of your surroundings and go with someone, if you leave the property.  

Did you find these tips helpful? If so, go ahead and share this post. Also, if you need assistance planning your getaway, you can contact Cheryl at She is aaamazing.

Good luck with your planning.

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