How to Travel To Cancun Mexico On a Budget

by Meg Massie 
Posted Dec 2nd 2010 02:00 PMUpdated Dec 3rd 2010 03:08 PM

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Cancun on a Budget

Any time you plan an international vacation, you've got to prepare for some extra expenses, particularly higher airfare costs. But you might be surprised just how far your money can go when you travel south of the border on a Cancun, Mexico vacation. On a budget, you'll have to get creative to make the most of your trip, but traveling to Cancun on a budget is easier than you think! Here are some tips to help you plan for a fantastic cheap Cancun vacation.

Finding Cheap Airfare to Cancun, Mexico

Your best bet for cheap flights to Cancun is to search online for deals. Start by comparing fares on discount travel websites like Kayak.com, Expedia.com, and Priceline.com. Do several searches with different dates and airports to find the cheapest fares, then try to go even lower by bidding on your flight -- you won't get to choose your specific flight times or airlines this way, but if your bid is accepted, you will clear a lot of room in the budget for the rest of your Cancun vacation. You will almost always find the best cheap flights to Cancun when you depart from a major airport; keep in mind that going a little out of your way to take your flight can go a long way toward your Cancun budget.

Another way you can save on airfare is to shop for Cancun Mexico vacation packages. Some all-inclusive Cancun resorts offer deals on your flights under that all-inclusive umbrella, and plenty more Cancun hotels offer bargains when you lump your flight with your lodging. Surf the web with an eye for Cancun travel deals and your efforts will pay off with plenty of great options for a vacation to Cancun on a budget.

Cancun Hotels on a Budget

If you don't bundle your flight and your lodging, you can find cheap Cancun hotels the same way you find cheap flights to Cancun. Start with the discount travel websites to find and compare the best rates. When you find a rate that fits your budget at a hotel that looks good, try the hotel's website directly. It's rare, but you can sometimes find cheaper rates directly from the hotel -- it's definitely worth investigating before you commit to a price on a discount site. If you want to save even more money on your Cancun hotel, you can place a bid, but be careful -- you'll have to commit before you know precisely which hotel has accepted your bid.

Eating in Cancun on a Budget

Cancun has plenty of great restaurants where you can splurge on a fantastic vacation meal, but most of the food and drink you'll find in the area is delightfully cheap and delicious. Plan one or two special meals where you spend a little more, but otherwise stick to cheap eats -- they're not hard to find. You'll be able to eat most of your meals on your Cancun vacation for less than the price of your average fast food meal at home. Of course, if you book an all-inclusive Cancun vacation, you can get meals included in the cost of your stay. Before you settle on cheap flights and cheap hotels, compare those prices with all-inclusive Cancun resort deals, and you might find it's well worth it to purchase a more luxurious Cancun vacation package.

It will take some research and number crunching, but if you are patient enough to put in the work, you'll have no trouble booking a great vacation to Cancun on a budget.

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Philip D. Sells

Not hard at all. I've done it. Speaking some Spanish helps, of course. The public transportation from the beach resorts to el centro (the real city) is very easy. If you live on the economy you can eat and travel cheaply but finding a place to stay that is safe and clean and cheap can be a challenge...

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