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We love to travel.
That’s not a secret at all… I pretty much tell everyone that. What is a secret is that I have a few tips that I refer back to all the time to maximize our vacations. From saving money to just making our vacations more fun, these tips are a must for travelers like us!
Tip #1- Make sure you choose vacation spots that have something for everyone you are traveling with. We vacation as a family with children of all ages (literally) and this is my biggest focus.
With a 15, 12 and 5 year old we have a range of interests. As I’m researching a new place to travel to I’m always thinking about if everyone will have fun there! I don’t leave Pete and I off the list either… we have to enjoy the place too! Keeping this all in front of my mind has allowed me to pretty much guarantee that a good time will be had by all and it’s also lead to us finding some new things to do as a family that we wouldn’t have done before if I hadn’t researched it in the same manner.
Tip #2- Look for specials that will save you money or provide you other added benefits. Join every reward program and add yourself to email newsletters to be kept in the loop with your favorite travel companies.
Country Inns & Suites has a special this spring called Double the Fun, that is exactly what I am looking for when it comes to stretching my travel budget. If you are a member of one of the rewards program for the participating airlines below, and you stay at Country Inns & Suites, you can receive double the airline rewards for your stay.
With 470 locations, Country Inns & Suites is a convenient option no matter where your travels take you. To take advantage of the offer, simply provide your airline loyalty membership detail at check-in for one of the following airlines and you will earn double the rewards that you normally would earn.
- Southwest Airlines – Earn Double Rapid Rewards Points March 1st through May 31, 2015
- American Airlines – Earn Double Miles April 15 through June 30, 2015
- United Airlines – Earn Double Miles April 15 through June 30, 2015
- Air Canada – Earn Double Miles April 15 through June 30, 2015
Country Inns & Suites offers perfect hotel accommodations whether you’re traveling with family or for business. They have comfortable, spacious rooms with a dedicated work area and a business center. Even on trips when I bring my family. Pete and I still have to work, so having the dedicated work area and business center is a must and saves us time and money by not having to go off the property. Plus having tons of amenities makes The Rest Comes Easy!
Tip #3- Consider traveling off season.
We make a point of avoiding the busy season whenever we are on vacation. Not only are rates a lot more affordable, but there are less crowds so you can get more things done with less waiting. The only drawback to this is that some attractions can be closed during the off season, (like pools and such) so be sure to research that if it’s important to you. Anything that has ever been closed has been small in comparison to the benefits of off season travels.
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Have you ever stayed at a Country Inns & Suites?
WE have stayed in so many places. I am sure we have stayed at one. They seem great.
Great tips. My problem is that we are a big family and lodging is so hard to find for big families, most of the time they want to split you up and make you pay for 2 rooms which is not affordable.
I have never stayed with them, But summer is on its way in and we have lots of travel planed so will look into them
We love Southwest airlines and their travel rewards! It’s so important to find an airline with good rewards.
These are all really great tips! Thank you for the heads up on their special going on!
I love Country Inn. I’ve stayed at their hotels a couple of times, and they were really nice.
I stay a Country Inns & Suites whenever I can. They’re a really great hotel, and they’re all over the place so I usually find one.
Thank you for all these great tips. My Hubs and I are taking our kids and grandkids on vacation and we can use all the help we can get.
We don’t travel much but I would love to start and do more vacations! These are great tips to know!
We’ve never stayed in a Country Inns & Suites but will have to change that! They sound great!
I have stayed in a couple and they have always been really nice! I’d stay at another anytime!
We have stayed at Comfort Inn & Suites several times and they were always pleasant and clean. We also love to travel and I always research the heck out of everything before making that final commitment. 🙂
Oh, I completely agree, research is key when vacationing! Really does sound like a great place to stay.
I can really identify with tip #1. My daughter likes the tours and sightseeing but my son just likes a nice view and some chill time.
What an awesome special! Both my fiance and I have been doing lots of travel for our respective jobs and have been saving up all our points for some trips away this summer. Double airline points would make the deals we’ve been finding even sweeter!
I definitely want to maximize my travel plans. Thank you so much for these great tips. I’m planning a summer getaway shortly.
I don’t believe we have stayed at a Country Inn & Suites but did sign up for the Southwest Airlines Visa card so we can rack up points for air miles.
These are such great ideas. We make it a point to travel during the off season…less crowded EVERYTHING and since our boys aren’t old enough for school yet, we have tons of flexibility in our schedule!
yes, go off season! While it can really be difficult to get away during the off season, it can pay off in terms of pricing and crowds.
I don’t think I have stayed at a Country Inn & Suites. But I’ll considered it on our next trip. We always book a suite now that our kids our older and need more space.
I always look for deals on travel. It makes it all the better when i feel like i got something over on the place.. lol
We put a lot of thought into places that appeal to both us and our kids too! Sometimes you have to make tiny sacrifices to make your kids happy.
I remember vacationing with my father and how he liked to maximize vacations by actually driving. He loved the open road and being able to see the country. Country Inns was one of his goto hotels when we went places.
Okay wow, do you get this a lot? Your 15 year old looks SO much like you – I swear you two could be sisters, you look so young!!!
Nancy you are so sweet! I don’t feel old enough to have a 15 year old! We do hear that we look alike a lot. I feel so happy when I hear that because I think she is beautiful! I’m not sure she appreciates it as much LOL!
Great tips! We have traveled during off season to save money and it’s always been great!
Great tips! I hope we get to actually take a vacation this year! Thanks for the great info!
We haven’t stayed there yet, but I will consider them next time we travel. It’s nice to find a comfortable place to stay when traveling.
These are all great tips. We loving staying at Country Inn and Suites and have done so many times – the rooms are always clean and staff is great.
Now that my kids are grown and out of the house, we are looking forward to traveling off season. We’ll save money and won’t have to deal with tons of people!
These are all great tips. I try to take advantage of the Florida Residence discounts at the theme parks during the off season.
This hotel looks like it is really family friendly. It’s important to stay in hotels that welcome families and children when on vacation.
Thanks for the great tips! We are excited to go on family trips when our kids are a little older.
We have always had a good experience at Country Inn and Suites. Great tips to maximize your travel experience.
I’m planning to travel offseason next year to Italy! Lots of planning to do 🙂
I feel like your site scrolls to fast. I never had this problem before with other blogs! Anyhoo, when I travel with my husband, I try to take his needs into consideration. Upgraded seats on the plane for his long legs and lots of stops for food!
These are great tips! I’ll be putting them to good use this summer when we travel!
Thanks for the tips! With 4 kids, we find it challenging finding places to soot all their interest/levels.
I’d love to travel off season because everywhere is so much quieter. Also, it’s much cheaper to travel before and after summer too.
I think I am a member. I didn’t know you could get airline points though. I’m totally checking into it!
Good tips for saving money when you travel. Thanks for sharing.
We are in the UK and so have never stayed in the suites, but I love your tip for travelling off season. So true. We could never afford it otherwise, prices double here in the UK for holiday season :/
Thanks for all these wonderful tips. We love to travel too and money is always a big factor but finding deals makes it possible for us to travel.
Good tips. I like traveling midweek also.
Thank-you for these tips, so helpful. We love to travel too!
My husband only travels off season because he hates big crowds. It actually works out better and we save so much of money! Great tips.
I always look for specials when I travel. You can travel more if you travel cheaper. 🙂
Traveling when you can earn extra miles is definitely a great idea. Thanks for the tips.
We travel in the off season a lot. Not only is it cheaper, but also way less crowded usually.
We travel off season a lot. For us, that works out best because we hate crowds and we have found out that we can save a ton of money that way.
When hubs and I go to our little weekend getaways we pick places that will be off season for the time we are going. It saves a ton of money.
Wonderful tips for all the traveling we;ll be doing soon. I’ll have to keep an eye out for a Country Inns and Suites.
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