Are you debating taking a trip over Spring Break, but think it’s too late to get special perks and discounts? If so, you’re in luck! Travelgirl magazine’s co-founder and editor in chief Stephanie Oswald joined me this week to discuss the top travel trends for 2013, and dish on how to find the best deals and perks just in time for Spring Break 2013!
Candace Rose: What are the hottest Spring Break travel trends for 2013?
Stephanie Oswald: “Well, I can tell you, Candace, at Travelgirl magazine we’re seeing lots of trends. People want to stay healthy, they want to stay on budget and they want to stay connected. Whether you’re going 10 miles or 10,000 miles I’ve got some tips for you on how you can do all of that.”
Candace Rose: How can travelers get perks and discounts leading into their trip?
Stephanie Oswald: “Well, let me tell you, first of all everyone wants to save money and one of the best ways this year is to bundle. Paying for your air, your hotel and your car (all in the same place) and one of the best places to do that is Expedia.com. They’ve got great sections- from Groupon Getaways to last minute deals to a section called ASAP, which I love. It’s called “A Suddenly Amazing Price”, so a really great place to go to get your work done for you and if you bundle, you can save more than $500 a pop. That’s a really good chunk of change for your vacation, and more money to spend when you get there.
Something that’s also really important, we all want to get there, we want to be healthy, we want to be on the go and make sure our vacation is great because nobody wants to call in sick on vacation. I want to give you some tips on how you can stay healthy when you’re on the go, and the first one is very simple:
- Drink plenty of water. It sounds like common sense, but in reality a lot of people think ‘Oh, once I get on the plane the flight attendant will bring me a drink’. But you never know when you’re going to hit turbulence or maybe they just run out of time. What I recommend is always taking the time once you find your gate to get yourself a bottle of water to bring on the plane with you. It’s very important to stay hydrated.
- Secondly, pack some hand sanitizer in your carry-on. This is going to come in handy whether you’re at the rent-a-car counter, you’re on the subway, or on a cruise line. Having that hand sanitizer is going to put a barrier between you and some of those nasty germs. So it’s really important and an easy thing to bring along.
- Third, I recommend taking an immune supplement. I like Alomune because studies show that it’s been more effective than vitamin C and it gets the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Something else from a travel standpoint is it’s really easy to pack. It comes in tablet form and powder sticks. It’s really easy and something that’s going to help you stay well and keep traveling.”
Candace Rose: How can spring breakers make the most of their travel budget?
Stephanie Oswald: “Well, it’s the little things that count. So making sure that you’re not being ‘nickel and dimed’ and take advantage of any deals you can. For example if you’re a traveler who likes to stay connected and you want to be on Wi-Fi, a tip there is to buy your Wi-Fi before you fly. Gogo Air has some great deals happening right now just for Spring Break, it’s called the Spring Break Jet Set, you get two days of Wi-Fi for $20. At $10 a pop that’s less than most hotels charge for 24 hours of internet. You can get online faster, once you’re on the plane and once you’ve left that safety zone. If you’ve bought your Wi-Fi before you get on the plane you’re going to get online quicker and have more time to do that- socializing or last minute work or travel planning. It’s yet another way to save money.
Something else to do to save money is to have some snacks with you that you bring from home, so you’re not being forced to buy things at the airport or go through the drive-thru on a road trip because that’s going to cost you more money. So having some healthy snacks like granola bars or dried fruit is a really great one or just having peanuts- or some kind of nuts that are going to give you protein as you’re going just to keep your energy going. And also, if you run into some unexpected travel delay, having food on hand can help alleviate some stress.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Stephanie Oswald: “Absolutely. Candace, it’s really important to do your homework, and one place to start that always is going on the internet. It’s one of the great things about technology, we can take care of a lot of our travel issues before we even go.
Some of the things we talked about today, if you want to try the immune supplement I mentioned today, go to TryAlomune.com. If you want to do some bundling go to Expedia.com because it’s not too late to make your travel plans. And if you want to buy before you fly, go to GoGoAir.com because you’re going to find some great package deals year round, and especially now for Spring Break. Also, go to TravelgirlInc.com because we cover all kinds of tips and trends, and we also just created the Travelgirl app which has just been released. If you want to download that, you can get more tips on your smartphone and/or your smart tablet.”