In the past, those who went on vacations were typically driven by the desire to visit that particular location, but now it is much more common for someone to book vacation packages based on the price, not the place. In fact, there is a whole segment of travelers in the United States that will go anywhere for a vacation—if the price is right. Traveling on a tight budget is not as unattainable as it may seem, and in fact, many people are getting amazing deals on their trips. Knowing when to buy, having flexibility in your schedule, and a passion for traveling will all contribute to being able to travel for pennies in comparison to what other people pay for their vacations.

If the Time is Right

How does this sound: a four-night cruise to Mexico and two nights in a hotel in Miami for less than $300. It sounds crazy, but that is the exact deal one girl from New York was able to snag, according to the Huffington Post. Jessie Purton took advantage of bad timing for the cruise industry that equated to awesome deals for their customers. She and her friends booked that trip just after the cruise ship Costa Concordia sunk, according to the Huffington Post report.

The one thing that made this such a good deal was her timing. The company that owned the boat that capsized off the coast of Italy was afraid that all the press would negatively impact its business, so they dropped their prices as low as they could to keep people booking their ships. Purton took advantage of this opportunity by immediately getting on her phone and booking the trip.

How Many PTO Days?

The one requirement when it comes to traveling for cheap is that you sometimes need to be flexible, and available to leave on a trip with a day’s notice, maybe even less. Getting the greatest deals means always being on the lookout for last-minute package deals and drops in prices and immediately being able to take advantage of that deal. You do not want to get an awesome vacation planned only to find that you cannot get the time off of work.

Luckily, many of the best deals come in the off-season travel times so there will not be as many people going on vacation at the same time as you.

See the World

Of course if you are going to jump on vacation packages at the best prices possible, the destination shouldn’t be as important as the experience. If you are picky about where you are willing to travel to, it will be more difficult for you to find a vacation deal that fits those parameters. Be open, and you will be well on your way to seeing the world in no time.

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Samantha Wideman is a part of a team of writers, and specializes in wiriting about fashion and beauty trends.