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June 2016

Travel Secrets Revealed

We all do our best to look for the cheapest and best values when planning a trip. In case you were unable to attend our Travel Workshop, our special guest Genevieve Shaw Brown, ABC and Good Morning America Correspondent, offered some insider tips to be aware of when booking travel.

Genevieve gave us the following tips on what to do and look out for while booking flights:

  1. Fly into larger airports like ATL, LAX, DFW, and ORD. If your final destination is to a smaller city fly into the big airports, and take a taxi or a bus to your destination. This will save you money in the long run.
  2. When booking your flight, book on a Sunday six weeks prior to your trip date or sooner. Gone now are the days when waiting until the last minute to get the cheaper flights. And your boss will appreciate you are no longer shopping for airline tickets at work.
  3. Cheapest days to fly: Tuesday, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  4. The best time to fly is the first flight of the day, due to the fact that people like to fly a little later in the morning and in the afternoons.
  5. When booking your flights be aware that July is the busiest month of the year for travel and people flying.

Once you have picked out flights out and have the cheapest flight obtainable, the next part of traveling is the lodging. So whether you are flying into NYC or over to LAX, you will need a place to stay. Here are a few Web sites to visit before booking that hotel:

  1. – Here the hotels bid for your business. This gives you an opportunity to submit the price that you have paid for your hotel and have other hotels in the area bid a lower price for you to cancel your reservation and move to another hotel for a cheaper price. Everything is processed by the new hotel.
  2. will send you a refund once you have made your reservations and another amount has been posted for the very same hotel you have reserved. Another guest does not have to purchase the hotel at that price in order for you to receive your refund.
  3. Jet Setter and Gilt Traveler are two Web sites for which you must be prepared to act immediately to make your reservations. This is not a sit and wait type of Web site. They will post a hotel for your destination at a lower price than posted on their Web site and that price will only last for 5-10 days before it gets taken down. They both require you to sign up on their site, for free, in order to receive emails when looking for a certain place to stay. The hotels are of high quality and have gone through an invasive vetting process by many travelers and journalists.

There are always things to do and places to visit once you have picked your destination. Finding the insiders scoop on what you should do while on your vacation has gotten a lot easier. Genevieve gave us a few tips on where we should go in order to get the best experiences and the most out of our trips. She recommends visiting the travel Web sites for each city we are going to visit.

For example, there is a great opportunity in New York City to sleep over in the Natural History Museum. Adults will actually have the opportunity to spend the night in the Museum and walk around amongst the exhibits. This opportunity can be found in many other cities as well; Washington D.C. and San Francisco are among the places to sleep over as an adult in a museum.

Rome, Italy has private tour companies that will take you into the museums, such as the Sistine Chapel, and see it in all its glory privately. Home Food is where the locals host you in their home and have a meal prepared for you by a Cesarine or “empress of the kitchen”. Talk about getting the true Italian experience. allows you to create your own tour instead of paying for a tour guide of a city or a museum that doesn’t take all of your interest. will create a photography tour where your tour guide will take the touristy photos of you and your group on your camera. The local guides will take you to places such as the Secret Gardens Tour and discovering the hidden treasures of Buenos Aires. You decide what you would like to do and gain a great experience in another city or country that you will have to talk about for years to come.

Genevieve was a delight to listen to and we gained such openness to a whole world of travel in order to help with my own travels. I hope that her tips will help you with your future travels as well.

For more information on Genevieve Shaw Brown you may visit her online.

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