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    Posted August 7, 2013 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips

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    Reduce Costs by Eliminating the Middle Man


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Maroc2 says making your own arrangements when booking travel excursions or tours is a great way to reduce expenses during vacations. 'I practice the described travel tip whenever possible and use the associated savings to either extend or upgrade my vacation,' he says.
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    Arranging treks,tours, or safaris through a North American tour company can add significant cost to your trip since such companies often act as an intermediary for other businesses located further down the travel food chain. You can reduce or eliminate much of this extra layer of administrative expense by making your own arrangements with a tour company located at your travel destination. Such contacts can be obtained via an internet search or through travel guide books. The hotel where you plan to begin your adventure may also be able to provide such information beforehand.


    Dealing with a travel company situated in the country that you intend to visit can offer increased opportunity to customize your itinerary. For instance, during a recent trip to Nepal (see photo), my partner and I set up a trek with a Nepali trekking company that just involved ourselves, an accredited guide, and a porter. Apart from limiting the size of our group, we were also able to adjust the duration of our trip and number of rest days according to our needs. The flexibility made possible by the local outfit added to the enjoyment of our time in Nepal. We have had similar positive experiences utilizing this approach in other countries. This strategy hopefully has the further benefit of allowing more tourism dollars to end up supporting the local economy at your travel destination.

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