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I have no idea how long this tool has been up on TripAdvisor.com but it’s there and IT ROCKS!

What is it?

It’s a costing tool, (my words, not theirs) that helps you calculate “Which stretches your travel budget farther” Vacation Rentals or hotels?

Here’s how it works.

You enter the city you are interested in.  Actually just the first few letters and the Tripadvisor website will start to populate cities for you.

You choose number of adults and kids.  Then choose number of nights.

Then, and here’s the cool part, you tell it where you are going to eat.  Here are the options
We’ll eat some meals out.
We’ll eat out all of the time.
We’ll cook for ourselves.

Then click “Compare and Save” and it then gives you an estimate of lodging and meals cost, sums them, then does the math.  And shows you how much you save with a VR.

According to TA: *Estimates represent total cost for your party based on average lodging and meal costs in the selected destination. Additional taxes, fees and tips may apply.

So how cool is that huh!  At the moment I have no idea how they crunch the numbers, I’ll do some checking around and report back.  If you know how they do it, please, post here!

But THAT is one awesome tool!  USE IT!

And remember, the first thing you need to do is download a copy of chapter four of The Vacationers Guide To Vacation Rentals and then buy the full blown copy for your vacation planning, executing and following up.

Here’s the TripAdvisor tool.

After you figure out where you want to go and if you’re going to save money by renting a vacation rental, go here to choose one:
HomeAway is the vacation rental network with over 115,000 listings

Make Some Trails!

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