Summer Vacations; Planning Saves Money And Headaches

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 May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.