Frugal Friday- Tourism Centers/Websites

frugalfriday  We took a little semi-spontaneous trip to Mackinac Island courtesy of my parents this week. Tip #1, let your parents foot the bill. Seriously, thanks Mom and Dad for a great trip. But that tip only works once in a blue moon.

Mackinac Island is not necessarily a cheap place to visit. The hotels are rather expensive, the ferry to the island costs a pretty penny and then there is the temptation of a fudge shop every five feet begging you to throw your money down a big ole chocolate drain.

This is the second time I have been up here and each time we have scored travel deals off the Michigan tourism site. We have found hotel deals that we haven’t seen on any other travel site. Granted they are on the actual hotel’s website, but who has time to scour every hotel website in the city where you are going.

Secondly, upon arriving we head to the local tourism office and ask for coupons. Gladly they hand over coupons for the ferry and the horse drawn carriages. They also give us other tips. Now obviously this is specific to our trip, but we have found tourism offices to be the keepers of amazing pieces of information and they have led us to several treasures. So we tend to stop in and check them out when we are traveling.

So next time you are traveling, check out tourism websites or check out your local tourism office. What can you lose by asking for some coupons or discounts? What are some ways you save money while traveling (besides hitting up mom and dad :)?

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  1. Yay to having time away! Especially in such a beautiful place!

    And thanks for the travel tips too. I tend to do a search online for trips or purchases; there are tons of deals out there these days.
    .-= Amy (from Gracobaby)´s last blog ..Goodbye Graco =-.

  2. why didn’t this post come through my reader? I just noticed on my OWN blog homepage that you had a new one up that hadn’t seen. weird huh?

    I’m with you on the website/tourism office thing. A little advance planning can save mucho money.
    .-= Erin G´s last blog ..First Trip to the Zoo! =-.

  3. Looking for information at tourist offices is a good idea. The key to getting a good deal is to stay informed. Since these office specify in a specific city or area, they will have the most up to date deals and information for you.
    As an extra tip, you may want to see if travel offices and tourism sites that you use have a presence on Twitter. Twitter is a great place for them to get out information quickly, and you can follow them to stay more informed.

    .-= Dan at The Spain Travel Deals Blog´s last blog ..Spain Travel Deals: Good Deals in Zaragoza =-.

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