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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Luxury for less: How to get a cheap Mexico vacation

Start your cheap Mexico vacation at GR Solaris Cancun Resort & Spa, where luxe meets cheap.

By Vince Font

If you’re in bad need of a vacation but don’t have all the money in the world to spend — who does? — you can still land some pretty sweet Mexico deals that are so low cost you just might pull a double-take. You simply have to know where to look and how to do it. Although there are no real secrets to finding cheap Mexico vacations, there are some common sense tactics that a lot of people overlook.

First, let your budget decide your vacation, not the other way around. If money is an issue, it’s likely an issue because you’ve got far less of it than you’d like. The first step to vacationing without breaking the bank is by understanding that you don’t have to bankrupt yourself in the process. Pitfalls like these are for people who aren’t as slick and don’t know the first thing about landing a cheap Mexico vacation.

Second, pick your vacation time wisely. It’s important to plan ahead, which will require a bit of patience on your part, but remember that you’re doing this to squeeze the last possible drop out of every dollar. Find out what the peak season is where you want to vacation, and do your research. Many airlines and hotels offer cheap Mexico deals during the low season as a way to entice visitors and as a way to fill those empty rooms and empty seats. If you can wait until just before or after peak season, you stand to save a lot of money — and you also won’t have to deal with throngs of crowds.

Third, book everything together in a single package deal. Just like with any shopping experience, you’re bound to pay more if you buy things individually than if you were to lump them all together. Airlines, hotels and rental car companies frequently work together to try to spread the business around, and you can take advantage of those rewards for your ultimate benefit. Now get out there and hunt down that cheap Mexico vacation that’s got your initials all over it.

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Vince Font is a freelance writer born in Puerto Rico and currently escaped to Utah. When not dreaming of interstellar travel, he’s on the hunt for weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations. Next stop: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.

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