Want a good vacation, cheap? Go where it’s cheap.
This may seem obvious, but it’s not the way most people approach the choice of a vacation destination. First, they decide where they want to go. Then they try to find a bargain.
Better to figure out where the deals are and decide you want to go there. Here’s my four-step Internet-based way to find those bargain destinations:
First, find a cheap airfare. You can do this on airfarewatchdog.com or Kayak Buzz. Type in the airport you want to leave from and it will list some of the lowest fares from that airport to, well, wherever.
No dice? Travelzoo lays out vacation packages, hotel deals and airfare bargains in its daily deals and weekly Top 20 list. Even if you’ve already chosen a destination, Travelzoo may help you nail down a hotel deal.
You might find exactly what you’re looking for on one of these sites, and you might not. But you can’t help coming away with a sense of where the deals are. These are the places around the world where demand is not meeting the supply of hotel rooms, cruise ship cabins or airline seats.
Take advantage of it.