Summer Vacations; Planning Saves Money And Headaches

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Taking the time to carefully plan a summer trip not only saves money, it reduces the risk of encountering problems during the trip.

If you’re planning to fly, Kansas State University assistant professor of hospitality management, Kristin Malek, says you don’t want to book your flight too early or too late.

Searching websites for the lowest airfares and least expensive hotel rooms is common. However, before booking a flight or making a hotel reservation, Malek suggests clearing the cookies on the Internet browser to see the lowest rates.

For lodging, Malek advises using hotel booking sites, sorting from lowest to highest and then booking through the hotel, which usually offers the same rate. By booking directly, hotel managers are more likely to treat you as a loyal customer and assign you a better room.

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a full-blown vacation, Malek says the biggest mistake most people make is not setting aside enough money, and budgeting only for travel expenses and hotel accommodations…not the things they’ll when they get to their destination.

If traveling with children, Malek suggests looking online for free or discounted kids’ nights at local restaurants. Also, find a nearby grocery and pick up some snacks to keep in the room.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.