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Five Travel Mistakes That Cost You Big Bucks

Travel Mistake #5:

Not Packing Light.

My travel advice on luggage and how to pack your suitcase light is extremely important these days and not packing light is travel mistake #5. In this new era where airlines are charging extra fees for checked luggage (a real pet peeve of mine), you need to learn the art of packing light and that means either just fly with a carry on suitcase (make sure it's within the regulatory size limits and your liquids are TSA compliant ) or don't pack your suitcase over 50 pounds or it will cost you a small fortune EACH WAY. If you don't know how to execute this important travel skill then you need to learn it since packing too much can easily cost you an extra $50 to $100 on every flight you take domestically and internationally. I am certainly challenged at the art of packing light, however I have a travel colleague at Vacation-Lists.com who has great travel advice for packing light on your next vacation.

Also, I recommend that you chose an airline that doesn't charge for checked luggage. For me, that means flying on my favorite domestic airline, Southwest Airlines, whenever I can. If I'm traveling to areas Southwest flies then my bags fly for free and I just love Southwest for this reason (plus their great attitude, service with a smile, and much more)! I dedicate every domestic flight I can to Southwest (if it’s the best price) because I get to check TWO bags for free!

This can save you up to $100 round trip per person on a flight so you need to weigh this when you're purchasing a ticket that seems like a great travel deal. However, there are some restrictions as you have to keep your checked bag weight under 50 pounds or you will pay. Remember that with all of the airlines that charge an extra fee to check a bag you’ll also pay over and above what you’ve already paid if your bag is over the weight limit.

Some additional travel advice to think about when you buy luggage is to consider how much a suitcase weighs before you pack it.

Buy a light suitcase as most suitcases weigh eight to ten pounds empty and it doesn’t take much to add up to 50 pounds of “stuff” -- especially if you're a girl.

So take my travel advice and don't make these travel mistakes ever again. Now, you can start saving money on all of your vacations as I help you discover a world of ways to see the world.

By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog

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For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer, Marianne Schwab, has been collecting money saving travel tips as a travel producer for high profile television programs. She has flown all over the world and produced live television productions on location from Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip to the beautiful island of Oahu. Read more