If you have the desire to plan a wonderful family vacation, couples weekend get-away or even a nice singles cruise but don’t have all the money upfront, this article may be helpful to you. I am a single mother of two and find it very hard to plan a family vacation since most hotels and airlines require full payment at the time of booking. While some of us can be diligent about putting money in savings, there always seems to be something popping up that get’s in the way of saving for that vacation. This prompted me to look into vacations that can be done on a payment plan. Researching these possibilities made me feel better about the options available to me and led to a vacation of a lifetime!
Disney is a great resource for payment plan vacations. Disneyland and Disney World lets you plan and book your vacation by putting down a small down payment. After the down payment, you can make as many or as much on payments as you want. There is no interest or hidden costs. The only thing is that your entire vacation package must be paid for at least 45 days before you leave for your vacation.
Another great vacation idea that offers payment plans are cruises. Many cruise lines such as Carnival, Norwegian etc., offer flexible vacation packages designed for any price range. They all require a deposit based on your package choice, and you must have it paid for, usually 45 days prior to departure. Payment amounts are very flexible and air travel is usually purchased separately.
In this struggling economy many travel agencies are willing to work with their clients and provide a layaway plan for travel. All agencies require a down payment and some may charge a service fee or a cancellation fee. It is worth it to do your research and shop around for the best deals with the best refund and cancellation policies. Choose companies that are stable, strong and have a good reputation. If the company were to go bankrupt there is little you can do to recover your money.
Some all-inclusive resorts, such as Sandals offers payment plans as well as many Hawaiian vacation destinations or agencies, such as alohapackages.com. The options are out there you just need to look for them.
Make sure all your questions are answered before you book. The most important things to consider are company standing, booking fees, cancellation charges and down payment. It is also essential to find out if airfare is included and to make sure you budget for meals, tips and spending money. If the planning is done well you will be on your way to a stress free, affordable vacation!