If you are interested enough to read this article I must assume that you enjoy travel. It’s the cost that is getting you down, with the amount it costs for you to have a hard earned vacation. Well the good news is that this can all change if you are prepared to do a few things which by the way are perfectly legitimate.

Let’s be honest, travel is amazing, seeing new things, in new places, and learning about people in different parts of the world. You just wish it didn’t cost so much. Lying on a tropical beach drinking a rum punch is not the time to be worrying about how much it is costing and whether your flexible friend is flexible enough. That thought can spoil a perfect holiday.

It is quite sickening to discover the family on the next sun bed has paid a lot less than you to stay in the same hotel, use the same facilities, and even flew on the same flight. This kind of thing is happening all the time, even if you weren’t aware of it. By a lot less I mean hundreds if not sometimes thousands of dollars, depending on where you are.

What you need to do is to get up to speed with all the angles that intelligent travellers use to book their flights and holidays. The good news is that it isn’t rocket science, but it is something your local travel agent is not very keen on you discovering. Imagine being able to look at the family on the next sun lounger, and know for certainty you paid a lot less than they did.

There are secrets, and there are places to find them out. But just give this a thought, and then answer the question. What is probably the most expensive part of your vacation? Yes you were right first time, it is the cost of your flight. Well it might shock you to know that you can get such unbelievable discounts on flights if you know where to look. As a quick tip, the earlier you book the cheaper it is, and the ability to change you holiday dates by one day could save you £1000.

Just to whet your appetite for research, you could save between 10% and 50% on the price you just paid for your holiday flight. I’m not talking about using a ‘no frills’ airline, I’m talking about the flight you were on and will return on. As another quick tip, avoid flying at the weekends, it can be a lot more expensive.

It should come as no surprise that the very same people were negotiating room discounts, even upgrades. On occasions savings of 50% are not unknown. If this staggers you, then it should because you need to be able to take advantage. The good news is you can, and you need to. As an example a quick phone call to a Malaysian Agency found online saved us £600 in a 5* hotel in Penang a few years ago

Whilst we are on the subject of savings then it would be only fair to mention holiday insurance, car rental, meals, ski passes, tours from your hotel. The list is endless, well almost, and you need to be joining in. Another quick tip here, is avoid school holidays and times like Christmas and Easter, because all costs associated with travel go up enormously then.

After all what would you be able to do with all the money you saved. I know what I would do, and that is buy a better holiday at the price I was going to pay anyway, but the choice is yours. How great could that be.

Cultural wonders and holidays can include all sorts of attractions, from visiting great art galleries or major museums, to memorials of dramatic moments in history, to experiencing unique local traditions.

Cultural itineraries range in style from real adventures to civilised city breaks – everything from walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu to spending a week visiting the best of Venice’s museums and art galleries.

Cultural holidays and trips are available in all countries, but there are some destinations that are classic starting points to build cultural itineraries around – the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Louvre are some of the most obvious. But there are plenty of classic cultural itineraries including more unexpected destinations like Rio for Carnival, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Petra or the Great Wall of China even.

Classic European cultural itineraries could include the British Museum, the Tower of London, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Pantheon and the Colesseum, Versailles and the Eiffel Tower or the Alhambra, Seville Cathedral and the Prado Museum. In fact Europe is probably the classic cultural itinerary destination because there are just so many sights to interest your average ‘culture vulture’.

It’s not like North America doesn’t have it’s sites worth planning a cultural itinerary around either: New Orleans Mardi Gras may sound too much fun to be planning a ‘cultural itinerary’ around, but it definitely qualifies! New York has a lot to offer in the way of cultural itinerary planning – Lady Liberty, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Natural History Museum and all sorts of interesting architecture. While Washington’s cultural itineraries include stops at the White House, the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, the Pentagon (from the outside) and the Library of Congress.

South America’s cultural itineraries include destinations like Easter Island, Cusco, Sucra in Bolivia, Lake Titicaca and of course Machu Picchu. People also love to enjoy the festivals like Boi Bumba or Holy Week in South America.

Cultural itineraries around Asia often aim for the Great Wall of China and Beijing’s Forbidden City, or Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. But there are all sorts of Asian tourist places of interest to choose from – Japan’s Kyoto is a cultural itinerary in itself, as is Hiroshima. Nepal is another destination popular with cultural itinerary travellers, and India has many cultural itinerary options as well. Cultural itineraries may start at the Taj Mahal, then head off down the Ganges, or visit some of the many stupas or temples.

Australia and New Zealand have only young European cultures, so travel guides for European style art and architecture are more limited, but what about the ancient cultures that thrived here long before the arrival of Europeans? Uluru has a lot of cultural significance to the aboriginal people of Australia, and is well worthy of being included on Australian travel guide. New Zealand travel guide offers more options than just the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Tamaki Maori Village and the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum – cultural itineraries can be anything you make them!

Whether your a seasoned traveler and or an amateur traveler, there are all kinds of different travel companies and agents around the world just trying to make a quick buck, off of innocent travelers like yourselves. Over the years there has been countless stories of companies taking thousands of people to the cleaners for many thousands of dollars each. Many of the companies have been prosecuted and some have been charged and are awaiting procesution right now. But be warned a lot of the companies have one thing in common and thats the kind of travel they offer and that is travel packages, whether it be sport packages or just touring packages, that way they can sign up lots of people for the tours before they cancel them or just skip out and disappear with all the money.

There are a few key points you should be aware of so that you can make sure that you do not fall victim to these underhanded, thieving business people. You can check the referances of the company, check to see if the comapny is incorporated and for how long. You can check online and search for the comapny name and see if there have been any other bad dealings that the company may be dealing with. If the company in incorporated you can perform a search on the directors and see if anything bad comes up. This may seam a little extreme but if your thinking of handing over hundreds of even thousands of dollars to one of these companies then you want to make sure that the company is legitimate and you are going to have a fantastic, great, fun vacation/holiday to show for all your hard earned money.

Please do yourself a favour and do your homework before committing your hard earned money to one these companies.