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Easter Brunches San Diego Visitors Don’t Want to Miss

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San Diego Easter Brunches

Easter Sunday is the perfect time to enjoy brunch at one of the many fine restaurants in San Diego. Whether you want to celebrate with a casual family breakfast or an elegant champagne affair, San Diego has something to offer everyone. Start by booking a room for your family at one of the affordable hotels in downtown San Diego and make reservations at one of these first class restaurants for a Sunday meal that your family is sure to remember.

  • Bertrand at Mister A’s – Exceptional French cuisine and a spectacular view of the city are part of the ambience at Mister A’s, another 4 star favorite. Among brunch selections is Maine lobster salad, Hawaiian bread French toast, and specialty brunch cocktails including a variety of create your own Bloody Marys.
  • Indigo GrillIf you chose to stay at one of the cheap hotels near San Diego’s Little Italy, Indio Grill is a must-visit restaurant that is offering a 30 course brunch menu from 11am to 3pm. Chef Debrorah Scott will be whipping up twists on classic favorites such as Pineapple Upside Down French Toast which comes with cardamom ice cream, a chipotle braised chicken burrito and a spinach and mushroom egg white scramble to name a few.
  • Humphrey’s Restaurant – The beautiful Humphrey’s on the waterfront is a favorite spot for locals and yachters who appreciate contemporary California cuisine. Celebrate Easter Sunday and indulge in a Champagne brunch that features delicious, prime rib, made-to-order omelets, chocolate covered strawberries, and unlimited champagne.
  • Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant – The stylish yet casual Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a unique California flair, in a setting reminiscent of a villa on the Mediterranean coast. Hearty breakfast buffet selections include french toast with homemade cinnamon bread and pure maple syrup from Vermont. Also be sure to try a specialty house drink like Sangria with pomegranate.

Restaurants that serve Sunday brunch offer fixed menu items as well as a la carte menus, with excellent wines, champagne, and specialty cocktails. Sunday brunch at one of San Diego’s excellent restaurants is even more special when you celebrate Easter with family and friends.

Know someone going to San Diego for Easter? Share this blog post with them so they can enjoy the San Diego dining scene as the locals do! And don’t forget to tell them to reserve an affordable hotel near the San Diego Airport for maximum convenience during their trip.

Visiting San Diego for Easter? Learn how you can save.

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Cheap Easter Hotels San Diego

San Diego is home to miles of pristine coastline, an eccentric downtown district, stunning outdoor shopping malls and jaw dropping amusement parks and animal kingdoms. With hundreds of things to see and do, visitors won’t be hard pressed to fill their vacation itineraries. While this sunny California city does offer ample activities and attractions for both singles and families, many find that San Diego is a little more expensive than anticipated.

If you’re heading to San Diego for Easter break, planning should be your number one priority! Planning appropriately and being aware of affordable events and alternatives for some of the more expensive San Diego sights can allow you to save big, without sacrificing any of the fun. The Pacific Inn, a cheap San Diego spring break hotel, knows the importance of value and offers savings tips and affordable activities that will fit seamlessly into your vacation schedule.

  • Check out local events. Younger kids won’t have to worry about missing out on the Easter Bunny as San Diego will be hosting dozens of Easter egg hunts throughout the county. Some of the most notable include Coronado’s Egg-streme Fun event which will include a free egg hunt, as well as carnival games from 1pm – 3:30pm and the free Easter Egg hunt at the La Jolla Recreation Center which starts at 10am. For a full list of affordable Easter events happening in San Diego, click here.
  • Find “double duty” attractions. If you’re like most visitors, you probably have a trip to the San Diego Zoo on your list. As one of the largest zoos in the country, this is the perfect place to spend your holiday. However, with the expensive price tag for admission, you’ll want to take advantage of all the free offers or opportunities for extras. For instance, the Zoo is currently holding zoo days where visitors can meet and greet extinct animals and ask their trainers questions about a day in the life.
  • Stop for Sunday brunch. Brunch is an event in San Diego and many restaurants offer bundled meal deals for lunch which can help you save. There will also be special brunch events for Easter for those who are looking to try upscale restaurants at a below average price. If you’re staying at one of the cheap hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter, be sure to check out the Easter Brunch menus for Buca di Beppo, Marina Kitchen, Bandar and for those looking to go all out, The Westgate.
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of San Diego’s beautiful year-round weather by enjoying the city’s many free outdoor activities. Spreckels Park hosts free concerts, while Mission San Luis Rey lets you learn more about the history of the city. You can even head to Mission Bay Park, enjoying various hiking trails that lead to spectacular city views.

By working free activities and low cost events into your San Diego plans, you can see all of the city without blowing your budget out of the water. And of course, don’t forget to book a cheap hotel room at the Pacific Inn. We are an affordable hotel near Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town and many other historic San Diego neighborhoods. We are also minutes from the San Diego Airport, providing our guests with additional travel convenience.

Interested in staying with us? Contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and ask about our hotel deals and discounts and see how much you can save on already low nightly rates.

2014 College Fair at the San Diego Convention Center

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2014 College Fair San Diego

Are you finally getting ready to send your son or daughter off to college? Prepare yourself for the extensive test-prep courses, college application fees and university tours. Picking the right college can be a difficult and lengthy task, but there’s one organization that is striving to make it easier for your soon-to-be college student. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is devoted to helping students transition into college education by helping them make the right choices early on. One way they aim to help students and their families is by hosting College Fairs all around the country. On Wednesday, April 23, that fair is coming to the San Diego Convention Center. If you’re interested in checking out the event, first start by learning more about Gaslamp Quarter hotels for the NACAC College Fair.

This event is expected to draw in over 6,000 people, all visiting San Diego to explore their college options. Attendees can expect 301 local, national and international 2 and 4-year colleges to be at the fair. Some of the big San Diego schools that will be represented include:

  • California State University- San Marcos (CSUSM)
  • San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • University of California San Diego (UCSD)
  • Design Institute of San Diego
  • University of San Diego (USD)
  • University of Southern  California (USC)

Students can register online for the NACAC College Fair at nacacnet.org. The student inputs pertinent information into an online form, such as intended major, extracurricular activities and SAT score. Once you click “submit”, a printable form will pop up on your screen with a barcode. Bring this form with you to the College Fair so that admission representatives can easily scan your barcode to access your information.

This free event is open to the public so cheap hotels near the San Diego Convention Center will likely start filling up soon. If you haven’t reserved your room yet, call the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn located just 2 miles away from the SDCC at 1-800-571-2933. We’re currently offering 12% off already cheap room rates just for booking in advance.

Are you considering moving to San Diego for school? Explore everything that this amazing city has to offer, all of which is located just minutes from Pacific Inn’s front doors. Our affordable downtown San Diego hotel is just one block away from the San Diego Bay, 2 miles from Downtown San Diego and 10 miles away from the area’s top colleges – University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego.

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Affordable San Diego Restaurants with Patios

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Al Fresco Dining in San Diego

 

San Diego offers some of the best outdoor dining options because of its near perfect, year-round weather. However, finding the right restaurant with a patio that has great food and affordable prices can be a difficult task. Here are a few patio restaurants in the San Diego area that offer sun, fresh air, and decently priced delicious meals.

Apollonia | La Jolla
Spawned by ingenuity and shaped by simplicity, the dishes at Apollonia are spectacular. Along with old-age Greek favorites that include Moussaka and Dolmathakia, this restaurant uses fresh ingredients and natural flavors to create some surprising meals. Enjoy your mealon the covered and heated patio.

The Blind Burro | Downtown
With its outdoor bar and patio, diners get exquisite views of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Located near Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center hotels, The Blind Burro is the perfect spot to enjoy some Baja Mexican fare and a beer before a big game or after an exhausting work convention. The prices are affordable, ingredients are fresh, and they even serve unique and healthy takes on south of the Border traditions like quinoa mixed green salad and steak tacos.

Jsix Restaurant | Downtown
Not only are farm-to-table meals the emphasis at this American restaurant, but so is a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Jsix Restaurant offers small plates of fresh produce and sustainably raised meats to ensure quality dining. The bartender also serves quality-focused American cocktails that mix flavor and flash. All of this can be enjoyed on the rooftop lounge that also happens to include a pool and bar. Stay after your meal to sip and socialize at one of downtown’s hottest rooftop lounges, LOUNGEsix. For more information on Downtown San Diego do’s and don’ts while you’re on vacation, click here and find affordable Gaslamp hotels as well!

Indigo Grill | Little Italy
With its covered patio seating and nice views of Little Italy, Indigo Grill serves up class dishes with a modern twist. Rustic and warm, this is a good place to go to enjoy delicious food and a calm atmosphere. Save some money during their great weekday happy hour where they serve $4 beers and 50% off bar food.

At all of the above restaurants, lunch menu items don’t go over $30, so you really can’t go wrong, especially if you’re saving money by staying at a cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is saving you even more money by offering up to 12% off on already cheap hotel rooms just for booking in advance. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933so that you can start planning your San Diego vacation!

Free Family Friendly San Diego Activities

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Free San Diego Family Activities

Planning a family vacation can get expensive very quickly if you don’t take the time to look for affordable family-friendly activities that you’ll all enjoy during your time in San Diego. You put a lot of time into planning and budgeting for your dream trip and we know that you want to ensure that your family has a great time. To save money while not skimping on the fun, plan to do some of these free activities that will still provide your family with a fun memory.

Stargazing
On the first Wednesday of each month at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, you and the family can spend some time gazing up at the stars. The San Diego Astronomy Association brings large telescopes for guests so that they can take a turn looking at the night sky in a whole new way. Your children will enjoy seeing the rings of Saturn and the craters on the moon, and you will enjoy the price —free. While you’re in Balboa Park, now is the time to enjoy some adventure at the San Diego Zoo located just steps from the Science Center. Click here for cheap San Diego Zoo hotel information and to see how you can save money when you buy your zoo admission tickets from Pacific Inn & Suites.

Seeking Sea Creatures
During low tide, take the family down to Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma to explore the tide pools. Here you and your family can spend a fun afternoon seeing all kinds of sea creatures. The pools contain sea life such as flowering anemones, deadpan’s fingers, shore crabs, starfish and a variety of other sea animals. If you are lucky, you might catch sight of a shy octopus. Just let your kids know that touching the living plants and animals isn’t allowed, as it can disrupt the very sensitive ecosystem.

Flying Kites
One of the features of Mission Bay Park is Tecolote Shores – a grassy area that is free of power lines and tress, making it the perfect place for your family to try your hand at flying a kite. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket to make a day of it. Seeing the smile on your kids’ faces as their kite catches air will make the few dollars that you spent on food and simple kites well worth it.

Walking in the Past
When staying near San Diego Old Town hotels visitors are encouraged to wander through the streets, checking out the old buildings that served the town in the past. Walking through the area is free of charge and there are even a handful of volunteer led tours to enjoy that are also free. Your family will delight at exploring Seeley Stables, an authentic blacksmith shop, and San Diego’s oldest school.

For more ideas on what to see and do while you’re visiting San Diego, just head to Pacific Inn’s website at PacificInnSD.com and click on the “Attractions” tab at the top. When you visit our homepage you’ll also see all of the amazing deals we’re offering. To book a cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room for your upcoming family vacation just call one of our reservations specialists at 1-800-571-2933 and be sure to ask about the convenient Kids Suites.

Visiting San Diego on an International Budget

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Travel to San Diego from Overseas

If you’re traveling to San Diego from outside of the U.S., there are many ways that you can save money before you arrive at this waterfront paradise. The following are a few suggestions for international visitors to San Diego on how to get the most out of their travel dollars.

  1. Shop around for a cheap airfare online – Although San Diego is home to an international airport that is gaining popularity, flights directly into SAN are typically more expensive than those landing at the nearby Los Angeles International Airport. If you have time to make a pit-stop during your travels, look for flights into LAX, spend a day exploring the area, and get a cheap rental car to drive to San Diego. Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, driving from Los Angeles could provide considerable savings.
  2. Make hotel reservations early – If you’re looking for a hotel in the middle of all the action, you’ll want to make hotel reservations as early as possible, especially if you’re traveling during the peak spring and summer seasons. Hotels like the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego are great options for international visitors with cheap nightly rates and spacious accommodations. Learn more about cheap inns in downtown San Diego for tourists.
  3. Make advance reservations or opt for public transportation – Once you’ve landed, of course you’ll want to see the sights! Fortunately, you have plenty of options for transportation. Check for cheap rates via online websites prior to your flight and reserve a car for the length of your stay. Many of the rental offices are near the airport, and you can usually take advantage of the free airport shuttle to get there. You can also take advantage of the all-day passes for the San Diego trolley, which makes stops at key tourist spots for just $5 per day if you’re really looking to save. Click here for more information about centrally located and cheap hotels near San Diego Airport.
  4. Eat like a local to enjoy additional savings – When booking your hotel, try to find one that offers a complimentary continental breakfast for its guests every morning. When it comes to lunch and snacks, taquerias and Mexican food trucks are widespread around San Diego, where you can frequently find a very tasty and filling meal for well under $5 a day. If possible, try to coordinate your visit to San Diego during the twice-annual Restaurant Week, where local restaurants offer affordable fixed-price menus so that locals and tourists alike can step outside of their culinary comfort zones.

The Pacific Inn welcomes international travelers! If you are visiting San Diego from another country, be sure to call the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about our affordable hotel near SeaWorld, Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and other popular San Diego attractions.

San Diego’s Top Hipster Bars

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San Diego Hipster Bars

What is a vacation to San Diego if you don’t experience the vibrant, trendy and laid back San Diego hipster scene? A hipster is typically someone in their 20s and 30s who follows the latest trends. Urban Dictionary describes a hipster as someone who shuns “mainstream societal conventions “ and values “independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”

The word “hipster” has made a strong comeback in the last few years. During the 1950s it was used to refer to someone who isolated themselves while wallowing alone with soulful jazz music. This dated definition applies to much of what we know about hipsters today. A modern day hipster will usually be found sporting some form of facial hair –preferably a handlebar mustache- while drinking PBR in a tallboy can, because it’s ironically cliché. While not everyone may understand the pinings and attitudes of a San Diego hipster, none can deny that our nightlife scene is hip indeed.

Here are some of the top bars and clubs where the local hipsters congregate:

  1. Craft and Commerce | 675 W. Beech Street, Little Italy
    The outside of this bar and restaurant is covered in green shrubbery, the inside displays chalk board quotes and classic novels all while the Bible or some other dramatic book-on-tape is being played in the restrooms. I think it’s safe to say that this is a token hipster bar. For a safe menu option, order the mini corn dogs, but if you want to experiment then give the roasted bone marrow a shot! You also can’t leave before trying one of their mason jar cocktails like the Black Sheep with coffee bean-infused whiskey. For more information on what to see and where to stay in Little Italy click here!
  2. The Lion’s Share | 629 Kettner Blvd., Downtown
    This classic hipster bar, located next to top San Diego Convention Center hotels, oozes class and sophistication instead of pretentiousness and nonchalance. Their dim lit lounge is covered in eclectic art work and a mounted antelope head, ironic because of the antelope sliders that sell like hot cakes on their menu. Grab a seat at the bar where you can chat up the friendly bartenders, or mixologists, while you nibble on an Exotic Sausage board. Cheese, apparently, is overrated.
  3. Tiger!Tiger! | 3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park
    Beer, bicycles, beards and burgers! This bar has everything that a hipster could hope for. Lock up your bike on the railing outside before you stop in for some truffle fries, coconut glazed donuts or pork belly. Of course, you’ll need to order one or three of their rotating craft beers to wash it all down.

Looking for a hip and cheap downtown San Diego hotel that’s close to all of this action? Book a room at Pacific Inn & Suites, located no more than 5 miles away from all of the above mentioned hot spots! We have tons of ways to help you save on your stay during your San Diego vacation. Call our reservations line at 1-800-571-2933 so that we can find you the best deal!

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1 Day Itinerary for Couples on a Budget

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 Cheap Date Night San Diego

Did you know that Travel & Leisure Magazine rated San Diego as the 6th most romantic city in the United States? Clearly travelers keep flocking to America’s Finest City for a reason. We have over 70 miles of beautiful shoreline, a celebrated nightlife scene, and culturally diverse towns. Even couples looking for a budget getaway will find plenty to do in this historic and charming city. Here’s a low-cost itinerary for couples who only have a day to take in San Diego’s most charming qualities.

Morning
Start your day with breakfast at Pacific Beach’s Café 976. This small, laid-back café offers shady, outdoor seating complete with fabulous coffee and bagels. If you are there on a Friday, your bagel will even come free with your coffee.

Next, head to the Mission Beach Boardwalk for a little ocean-side strolling, sunbathing and prime people watching. The area also contains a plethora of boutique shopping options and inexpensive eateries. Consider stopping at The Green Flash for their Sunset Happy Hour where you can grab a $3 drink and a $13 steak.

Afternoon
After lunch, pack up your beach bag and travel 13 miles south to the Coronado Ferry Landing. Rent bicycles at Bikes and Beyond and explore the manmade island’s unique shops and beautiful scenery. The landing offers free outdoor concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm, featuring the area’s best local talent in an incredible outdoor setting.

You could also purchase discounted San Diego Zoo tickets through Pacific Inn & Suites. Grab your sweetheart and journey through the Lost Forest together where you can see the brand new baby gorilla.

Evening
Watch the sun sink into the ocean, and then head over to Spiro’s Gyros for a feast of Lamb Gyros and rice. Spiro’s has a cozy outdoor seating area, where you will have a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. Snuggle up with your significant other as you enjoy San Diego’s stunning sunset.

Finally, clean up at your cheap downtown San Diego hotel room before you end your evening at the Coronado Playhouse. This 50 year old theater is a small cabaret-style venue that offers engaging plays in an intimate setting for a fair price.

There’s no place like San Diego for a taste of lively entertainment and casual romance. Even the most frugal vacationers will fall in love with San Diego’s magnetic charm as they fall more in love with their partner.

To make your stay in San Diego even more special, book the affordable Jacuzzi Suite at Pacific Inn. With this luxurious suite you get to enjoy a private in-room whirlpool Jacuzzi tub, a California King Bed with a pillow top mattress, a wet bar and complimentary plush bath robes. Call 1-800-571-2933 today to reserve this room as space is limited, and don’t forget to ask about our available savings and discounts!

Is that San Diego Attraction Overrated?

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Overrated San Diego Attractions

Travelers ready to explore a new destination start out adventurous and end up flocking to the same tourist attractions as everyone else. However, following the crowd isn’t always good for adventure – or the wallet. While your ultimate decision to visit a specific attraction will depend on your personal preferences and budget, here are a few attractions that are as easy to avoid as they are to seek out.

  1. SeaWorld – SeaWorld has enough amusement park rides, shows and restaurants to keep the most energetic child occupied. Unfortunately, this can be the park’s downside too. There will be large crowds and sore feet by the end of the day, not to mention that it is impossible to give each exhibit the time it deserves. Even if you stay at a cheap San Diego hotel near SeaWorld, Birch Aquarium is an alternative attraction that is located only 15 minutes away in the neighborhood of La Jolla and is much more affordable for visitors. It may be without the glitz, but offers an in-depth look into the underwater world and is fun for the whole family.
  2. San Diego Zoo – The famed San Diego Zoo is considered by many to be one of the best in the world. If you’ve never been to the Zoo, it definitely is a must-see attraction. However, if you’re on a budget this vacation or don’t have too many days to spare in San Diego, it might be the attraction to skip because of its high ticket prices. A family or group of four could easily save about $500 by passing on this outdoor adventure. If your heart is set on visiting the zoo, the best way to explore the more than 100 acre park is over multiple days with a discounted multi-day pass so you can enjoy all of the attractions, getting as much of your money’s worth as possible. And don’t forget to book your cheap hotel near San Diego Zoo for additional savings.
  3. The Beach – During the peak seasons, a trip to the beach is a must, just don’t expect a quiet relaxing haven for a lazy beach bum. Those who want simply to relax need to know their San Diego beaches. The popular beaches such Pacific and Mission beaches are packed with sightseeing tours, amusement parks, overpriced food, crowds, noise and even some garbage. Sticking to the budget might mean seeking out the less popular areas such as the San Diego Bay which still provides you with water views and sand, without some of the extra visitors!
  4. The New Children’s Museum – This attraction is polarizing for parents and is often put at the top of the list of a family’s San Diego to-do list. However, reviews say it is either a good museum for children to wander around in, or it is a cramped space with few exhibits. Some even argue that it doesn’t go far enough in terms of actually teaching kids. Parents should do their own homework and decided if the museum will engage their children before paying the admission fees.

Did we spark your interest? As one of the preferred cheap hotels in downtown San Diego, we’re always looking to share great travel tips and information with our readers, at the very least to give you a different perspective on some of the most well known activities and attractions in the area. For more San Diego vacation advice, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and don’t forget to contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to check upcoming rates and availability for the Marina Inn & Suites.

5 Costly Travel Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, hitting the road can is almost always a big undertaking. And if you’re not careful, it can also wind up delivering a big hit to your wallet. To ensure that you don’t run into too much trouble on your upcoming trip to San Diego, the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego wanted to offer some of the more common and costly mistakes travelers make, so you can avoid these same mistakes yourself.

  1. Expired Passports – If you’re traveling to San Diego from another country, make sure that your passport is up-to-date. While it is possible to get a passport renewal processed quickly, it can also cost you $60 or more if you need it in less than 25 days. With the added stress of waiting, it’s best to renew your passport as soon as possible.
  2. Cell Service – Before traveling outside of your state or country, take a few minutes and contact your cellular phone provider and speak to a representative about out of area calling. Some cellphone companies have out of state and international service that you can switch over to for the duration of your trip. Be sure to double check before you leave as roaming rates can leave you with a doozy of a phone bill.
  3. Baggage – While you’re planning your trip — and, preferably, before you even book your tickets — read up on the airline’s policies and fees regarding checking your bags. Some airlines can charge as much as $90 for an extra bag, so make doubly sure your luggage is within the airline’s weight and size restrictions. For additional convenience, book a cheap hotel near San Diego Airport and skip high transportation fees and walk to popular downtown attractions.
  4. Travelers’ Insurance – Emergencies can happen to the best of us, but delays or cancellations can throw a really expensive monkey wrench into your plans. Travel insurance can protect you in the event of unforeseen emergencies like illness, baggage loss, flight delays and more.
  5. Itinerary Mishaps – Coordinating time off in conjunction with your travel itinerary can be tricky, but scheduling hiccups can lead to all sorts of headaches. Make sure to double- and triple-check your calendar and your travel plans to make sure there are no discrepancies. If you have your hotel and rental car reservations made ahead of time, also call them ahead of time to ensure all check-in dates are correct.

Don’t fall victim to these 5 costly travel mistakes and make sure your friends and family don’t either by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter! And if you’re looking for affordable hotel accommodations near Balboa Park, the Padres Stadium, Little Italy and other great downtown attractions, contact the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about our discounted hotel rates.

5 Costly Travel Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasuring, hitting the road can is almost always a big undertaking. And if you’re not careful, it can also wind up delivering a big hit to your wallet. To ensure that you don’t run into too much trouble on your upcoming trip to San Diego, the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego wanted to offer some of the more common and costly mistakes travelers make, so you can avoid these same mistakes yourself.

1.      Expired Passports – If you’re traveling to San Diego from another country, make sure that your passport is up-to-date. While it is possible to get a passport renewal processed quickly, it can also cost you $60 or more if you need it in less than 25 days. With the added stress of waiting, it’s best to renew your passport as soon as possible.

 

2.      Cell Service – Before traveling outside of your state or country, take a few minutes and contact your cellular phone provider and speak to a representative about out of area calling. Some cellphone companies have out of state and international service that you can switch over to for the duration of your trip. Be sure to double check before you leave as roaming rates can leave you with a doozy of a phone bill.

 

3.      Baggage – While you’re planning your trip — and, preferably, before you even book your tickets — read up on the airline’s policies and fees regarding checking your bags. Some airlines can charge as much as $90 for an extra bag, so make doubly sure your luggage is within the airline’s weight and size restrictions. For additional convenience, book a cheap hotel near San Diego Airport and skip high transportation fees and walk to popular downtown attractions.

 

4.      Travelers’ Insurance – Emergencies can happen to the best of us, but delays or cancellations can throw a really expensive monkey wrench into your plans. Travel insurance can protect you in the event of unforeseen emergencies like illness, baggage loss, flight delays and more.

 

5.      Itinerary mishaps – Coordinating time off in conjunction with your travel itinerary can be tricky, but scheduling hiccups can lead to all sorts of headaches. Make sure to double- and triple-check your calendar and your travel plans to make sure there are no discrepancies. If you have your hotel and rental car reservations made ahead of time, also call them ahead of time to ensure all check-in dates are correct.

Don’t fall victim to these 5 costly travel mistakes and make sure your friends and family don’t either by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter! And if you’re looking for affordable hotel accommodations near Balboa Park, the Padres Stadium, Little Italy and other great downtown attractions, contact the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about our discounted hotel rates.

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