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Tips for Traveling on a Budget

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Vacations are the best! But the high costs often associated with traveling? Not so much…

At Armed Forces Vacation Club, we believe that you shouldn’t have to break the bank just to enjoy a great vacation! We’ve put together a list of our favorite wallet-friendly travel tips to help you make the most out of your vacation without busting your budget.

Be flexible with your airfare

There are tons of tips out there on how to make the most of your dollars when it comes to flights, but we like to use the simple motto ‘be flexible’! When your travel plans permit, try to be flexible with your departure day, departure time and airport (budget airlines frequently fly out of regional airports). All of this flexibility can translate to big savings!

When you can, drive

Do you know the saying “explore your own backyard”? Well, we love it – and so will your wallet! Take advantage of drive-to destinations to help cut down on transportation cost. Make the most out of your travel days by planning fun stops along the way to try new foods, see new sites and more.

Take advantage of the “free”!

In virtually every destination, there are opportunities to do, see and experience things for free. Spend a little time researching your destination before you travel to find the best of the “free” – including museums, outdoor music concerts, tours and more. Helpful Tip: the Visitors Bureau can be a great resource to explore!

Use your credit card points

Let your purchases work for you! Many credit cards offer reward points for purchasing everyday items – groceries, gas, etc. Before you travel, redeem your points for gift cards to use toward meals, tickets and more throughout your vacation.

Use a guidebook

Trust us. Guidebooks have been valued travel companions for decades – and for good reason! They can help you find the best restaurant in your price range, provide you with suggestions for self-guided walking tours and so much more.

Looking for more tips on how to travel on a budget? Check out AFVC’s Traveling On A Budget article and more in the Vacation Planning Resource Center.

P.S. Don’t forget that Armed Forces Vacation Club offers free membership for all active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces, as well as civilian employees of the DOD. Join today!

Family Vacations

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Make time to make memories! It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But Armed Forces Vacation Club knows how difficult it can be for military families to find time to take a vacation. So when the stars (and schedules) align and you’re able to carve out a week or even just a few days of time, we want to help you make the most of your vacation. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Stick to a budget – Nothing adds extra stress to a vacation like being surprised by how much everything costs. Try to do some pre-planning to anticipate things like how many meals you need to eat out, which activities you’ll need to pay for and any other additional costs that could pop up. A little extra research can help remove the sticker-shock factor of your vacation.
  2. Look for accommodations with extra space – Spending time together is always special, but sometimes you need just a little added space to keep those happy feelings going. Traditional hotel rooms can tend to be a bit cramped, and make it feel like you’re on top of each other. Try out a vacation rental for some breathing room – accommodations typically separate living and sleeping spaces, so you can protect those sacred nap times!
  3. Don’t over plan – Vacation is meant to be at least a little relaxing! Don’t get us wrong, having a plan is ALWAYS a great idea, but know your families limits and don’t plan to push them beyond. Try starting with one planned activity per day and go from there.
  4. Capture the moment – Remember to clear out some space on your smartphone before you set off on vacation so that you’ll be ready to take lots of pictures of all the smiles, activities and more while you’re away. Grab a few disposable cameras for the kids to document the trip from their perspective too!

Remember these tips when planning, and the memories you make on your family vacation are sure to be your most valuable souvenirs.

Looking for more tips on how to plan the best possible Family Vacation, check our AFVC’s Family Vacations article and more in their Vacation Planning Resource Center.

P.S. Don’t forget that Armed Forces Vacation Club offers free membership for all active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces, as well as civilian employees of the DOD. Join today!

When You Need Some R&R

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By Debbie Gregory.

Veterans Day affords us the opportunity to recognize those who have served and continue to serve in our nation’s armed forces. It is through their service and sacrifices that we live in freedom.

On Veterans Day, you can find quite a few veterans taking advantage of the many opportunities offered to them, from complimentary restaurant meals to discounted power tools. But one opportunity that all veterans should take advantage of is a discounted vacation.

Armed Forces Vacation Club and Veterans Holidays salute veterans and active military this week by offering $50 off select seven-night resort stays in celebration of Veterans Day. The discount is available today through November 15, 2016.

Popular destination spots available include Orlando, Las Vegas, Branson, and Lake Tahoe. Eligible members can also book travel to international vacation spots including Mexico, the Bahamas, New Zealand, and many European destinations.

Accommodations range in size from studios to three bedrooms, many of which include living rooms, full kitchens, and access to resort amenities.

Significant disruptions in their lives and other personal hardships have been the price that our nation’s military members and veterans have paid, so that the rest of us might enjoy the fruits of justice and liberty.

“We know that vacations can offer quality family bonding and rejuvenation time, which is so important for veterans, active military, retirees and their families.” said Tracey Moore, director of Marketing. “We created both of our clubs to offer affordable resort accommodations to make vacationing accessible to those who serve or have served our great nation.”

Membership for eligible military and veterans is complimentary, and provides access to discounted vacations year round. Armed Forces Vacation Club is open to active duty, guard, reserve and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as civilian employees of the Department of Defense. Veterans Holidays is open to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Membership provides access to seven-night vacation accommodations, starting from $349 per week, as well as other vacation options and travel planning resources.

To become a member and take advantage of the limited time offer, visit AFVClub.com  or VeteransHolidays.com. See website for full terms and conditions.

The Benefits of a Vacation

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While many of us wouldn’t think twice about calling out from work if we had the flu, we often postpone taking much needed vacations.

Time off is medicine. Taking a vacation can cut the risk of heart attack in men by 30 percent and in women by 50 percent. Vacations alleviate stress, and time away from the source of stressors helps the body heal.

It is important to recognize that relaxing your mind and body, turning off the switch so that you forget about everything related to work is what a vacation is all about.

Scientific studies have shown that people who take regular vacations are better at their jobs. Vacation time is important for physical health, emotional health, interpersonal clarity and personal comfort, as well as increased efficiency and decreased irritability.

To take the stress out of paying for your vacation and avoid being forced into cramped accommodations with your spouse and kids, vacation lodgings, such as the ones available through Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) are the way to go. Membership is free.

AFVC has lodging available virtually everywhere, including most states in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico…well, you get the idea. And whether you decide to spend your vacation time sunning on the beach, sightseeing, reading a book, shopping, or just reconnecting with loved ones, AFVC can help you book affordable lodging.

Now through March 17th, 2016, take advantage of AFVC’s sale, Buy One Vacation, Get One Free*! Choose from destinations around the world including Orlando, Las Vegas, Branson & more! Use code MARCH with your initial booking.

*Book any 7 night space-a stay between 3/3/16 and 3/17/16 and receive a free 7 night select space-a stay. Must enter promo code MARCH when making the initial paid booking.  The free 7 night select space-a stay must be booked by 3/24/16 at 11:59 PM ET for check-in 03/11/16 through 06/12/16 using the exclusive promo code provided to you 48 hours after the initial booking is made. All bookings made through this offer are non-refundable. Reward Coupon(s) cannot be used towards this promotion.

Sale on Military Travel Makes Vacation Stays Affordable

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We’re all constantly on the go, and taking a break for a family vacation is a great way to spend quality time together. For the families of those who serve, past and present, taking a vacation together is even more precious. It’s challenging to be a part of a military family and find time for military travel. It takes imagination, spirit, and energy. Taking vacations together can be the glue that helps you keep it all together.

In the past, financial concerns may have been one of the reasons you put off taking that much needed break. To address those concerns, for a limited time only, Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) is offering 7 night resort stays for just $299. Hurry though, this offer ends on January 29, 2016.

For more information as to how you can take advantage of this limited time offer, visit http://bit.ly/1WyJjrs

Getting away and leaving everyday stresses behind offers a huge benefit to all. Vacations give the mind and body an opportunity to decompress and relax. And who better to do that with than your loved ones?

Armed Forces Vacation Club is a free membership club open to active duty, guard, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces as well as civilian employees of the DOD. They also have a sister brand, Veterans Holidays, which provides vacations to our military veterans (www.veteransholidays.com).

Armed Forces Vacation Club is built around the idea that our military deserve the best. With AFVC, you can forget about cramped quarters. Spread out in family-sized resort accommodations, many of which include on-site recreational facilities, living rooms, full kitchen, washer and dryer, kids’ activities and on-site pools!

You’ll find Armed Forces Vacation Club options in destinations all over the world, including the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. With so many options, you are bound to find a vacation that is right for you.

Why You Need R&R: Military Connection

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By Shelly Howard

Veteran of the U.S. Navy

“You don’t know how to relax,” was one of my wife’s criticisms. “You don’t know how to rest your body and mind.

She was right. Like the proverbial chicken, I have always been a busy person. Some might even say “taskmaster.” But there comes a point when you realize that life is not a dress rehearsal. We are given a finite amount of time to enjoy our lives.

Relaxing your mind and body, turning off the switch so that you forget about everything related to work and life stressors is what R&R is all about. Scientific studies have shown that people who take regular vacations are better at their jobs. Vacation time is important for physical health, emotional health, interpersonal clarity and personal comfort, as well as increased efficiency and decreased irritability.

With that said, the last thing you want to stress out about is paying for your vacation, or being cramped into a small room with your spouse and kids. And that’s why the vacation lodgings available through Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) are such a great value to those of us who serve, past and present.

AFVC has lodging available virtually everywhere, including most states in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico…well, you get the idea. And whether you decide to spend your vacation time sunning on the beach, sightseeing, reading a book, shopping, or just reconnecting with loved ones, AFVC can help you book affordable lodging.

So if you’re ready to give your mind a break from work and from the stresses of everyday “headless chicken” life, sign up for free membership on AFVC’s website.

While you’re there, you can take advantage of their sale, which features a free‡ 7 night select space-a stay when you buy any 7 night stay. Free‡* 7 Night Select Space-A Stay When You Buy Any 7 Night Stay. Don’t wait too long though – this offer ends on August 18, 2015. Learn more about the sale here.

Disclaimer:

‡For a limited time only, when you purchase any 7 Night Stay you will receive a free 7 Night select Space-A stay. Must enter promo code AUGUST when making the initial booking. Initial stay must be booked 8/4/15 through 8/18/15 at 11:59 PM ET for check-in through July 2016. Free 7 Night select Space-A stay must be booked by 8/26/15 at 11:59 PM ET for check-in 8/7/15 through 12/20/15; all travel must be completed by 12/27/15. Bookings made through this offer are non-refundable. Reward Coupon(s) cannot be used towards this promotion.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their families. We are the go-to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go-to site.

Why You Need R&R: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory