Good travel deals are not hard to find if you know where to look. As the end of the summer season nears, most of us are thinking about that final holiday before Thanksgiving. Yes, believe it; Labor Day is just around the corner. If you are like most Americans, so much money has been spent since June that this holiday requires a bit more planning. In spite of all the fun you want to have, looking for discounts is probably at the top of your list but how do you get the best deals for the holidays? Well, thank goodness for all of us, there are many ways to do this.

Travel Coupon Codes

Travel Coupon CodesCredit: photo credit: Lomo-Cam via photo pin ccIf you have a particular hotel, airline, or spa that you would like to visit, but your funds are a little low; you should start looking for coupon codes. There are many great sites that you can go to that will list almost anything you can think of to make your vacation enjoyable; with a corresponding coupon code to make your travel less expensive. Make sure you pay attention to the expiration dates and to the group that the coupons are for. If you are an AAA member, you will find many great discounts that you can take advantage of this way. Once you find the code that works for you, go to the website of that service or product and place the code there. You will be instantly given the discount which can be quite substantial. One of the best that I’ve come across was for one of my favorite hotels; the coupon code gave me 50% off of my room. This made the stay that much sweeter.

Groupon and Living Social Travel Deals

Groupon and Living Social Travel DealsCredit: photo credit: paulamarttila via photo pin ccThese two websites have become the sites du jour for those wanting to go to exotic locations, experience unique adventures, eat great food or enjoy luxurious services. What makes these sites so extraordinary is that for a fraction of their regular costs you can get some really amazing vacations. From trips to China to adventures in New York, these sites have combed the entire world to come up with discounted trips for anyone’s taste. You can give these vacations as gifts and get bigger discounts if someone else goes with you. The most attractive feature of these sites is if you don’t get to take the vacation before they expire, they still have a cash value that can be used at the location at a later date. Now, that makes for a good deal. Go to either site and sign up for email updates as new vacations are added. Put in your location and you will see many getaways and services close to you. This is a great way to get a mini-vacation to a bed and breakfast, cabin or hotel in your own area. Whether you want to travel near or far; these two sites have something for you.

House Sitting is an Interesting Option

House Sitting VacationCredit: photo credit: mamahen1 via photo pin ccIn recent years, house sitting has become a great way to save money when going on vacation. Many families look for someone to come into their home to take care of their pets or keep their home occupied while they are away on vacation. This can be a fantastic way to almost get a free vacation. The only thing you will have to pay for is travel to the location. House sitting positions can be located anywhere in the world. By doing a little research you may be surprised to find out that the very place you wish to go has several house sitting opportunities available. One thing you should remember though, if you wish to take advantage of traveling on a discount this way; know what you are getting into. Some homeowners can be very picky and may have outrageous demands that could take up so much of your time that you won’t have a chance to enjoy your vacation. Ask questions to make sure you are a good fit for their needs; if so, take off and have fun.

You have a few more weeks to get ready for Labor Day weekend. So start right now to look for the best deals available. Finding travel discounts can be a little challenging, but that is also what makes the vacations more delightful. By doing your homework and taking advantage of coupon codes, sites like Groupon and Living Social or house sitting; you can save money and still have a great holiday.