The Traveler’s Guide to Groupon and LivingSocial
Explore and do more while spending less with help from these sites
Many of us have used Groupon or LivingSocial to find things to do about town, but these sites also produce endless options for saving on your next trip or family vacation.
Whether you’re trying to build out your itinerary with fun activities, secure luxury accommodations or find a hassle-free, all-inclusive getaway, Groupon and LivingSocial can help you scoop up incredible deals.
Need to entertain the kids on a rainy afternoon or just looking for exciting things to do on a budget? Let Groupon or LivingSocial help plan your itinerary. Simply change your location to your vacation destination and begin browsing. From a three-hour cruise on Lake Washington or Lake Union in Seattle to a ride on the Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster in Gatlinburg, Tenn., these sites highlight and discount local attractions.
Whatever your budget or desired activity, there are sure to be a few deals that catch your eye.
Scan the sites regularly for new and changing deals or sign up to receive notification emails from Groupon for special flash sales. While everyday Groupon and LivingSocial deals can save you up to 70 percent off certain items and activities, these flash deals slash prices even further.
Why stay in a standard hotel when you could stay in a luxury lodge, thrilling resort or boutique hotel for the same price? Groupon and LivingSocial offer hotel deals for every type of traveler. Those traveling with kids have their choice of indoor water parks and resorts. A couple looking for a romantic getaway can check into a secluded inn in Wine Country. And, if you just want to get away with the girls for the weekend, there are plenty of city escapes.
Do pay attention to the fine print, though, as the advertised price may begin to climb as you select the terms of your stay.
Sites like Groupon and Living Social can help you score some surprising deals on all-inclusive, or at least air-inclusive, travel packages. These bundles often include airfare from designated airports, accommodations and some meals. Ground transportation may also be covered, as well as visits to sites and attractions. Prices can start as low as $499 per person for a three- to seven-day trip.
But beware of a few loopholes: Taxes and certain fees often are not included, and the deals are often for double-occupancy rooms -- so solo travelers, beware.
Other limitations like restrictions on departure airports and travel dates also will need to be factored in to your decision. And, be sure to check reviews to ensure your accommodations are up to snuff.
Groupon getaways and LivingSocial travel packages are ideal for first-time and budget travelers. These sites are also perfect for those interested in packaged excursions and guided tours.