July 17, 2017
If a vacation is part of your summer plans, but your budget is tighter than you would like, check out these tips to keep your cash outlay reasonable- without sacrificing any of the fun or adventure.
Tip 1: Time your vacation right. When planning your vacation, time your trip so that you arrive when the local kids are either still in school or back to school. This will usually mean that you are hitting venues off peak times and can expect to pay less for attractions and lodging.
Tip 2: Rent a home not a hotel. You have likely seen advertising to rent a home rather than staying in a hotel. For summer travelers, this can be an economical alternative. Plus, if you have a larger group and/or kids it may be more comfortable as well.
Tip 3: Try out the new hotel on the block. If you prefer a hotel, but the prices are creating a cramp in your budget, look for new hotels that offer a low introductory rate. When you book a stay at a new hotel during the soft launch period, you can maximize savings by paying substantially less than the standard rate.
Tip 4: Try these frugal food fixes. Food often comprises a major part of any travel budget. One easy way to save money on meals is to book a vacation rental property with a full kitchen. If you don’t want to cook every meal on vacation, book a hotel with a kitchenette or at least a fridge and microwave so that you can make some lighter meals and snacks. Doing this can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of your getaway.
Tip 5: Avoid being gouged by gas prices. If your budget is really tight- or you just want to be sure you don’t pay a penny more than you need to for fuel-monitoring gas prices can help you decide whether it makes sense to fill your tank today for tomorrow’s road trip. Using an app like Fuelcaster can help you keep tabs on local gas prices.
Tip 6: Find the freebies. The easiest way to make your vacation dollars go further? Find activities that cost you nothing! Wherever you travel, there are likely some free activities that you can add to your itinerary if you are willing to do a little research. From parks and parades to food and festivals, see what complimentary events you can enjoy.
Tip 7: Make the most of membership discounts. Whether you have an AARP or AAA membership or you belong to an alumni or other association, be sure to check out if there are travel and attraction discounts that you can access through your affiliations. Taking a trip away from home and discovering new places is a time-honored summer tradition. However vacations can put a strain on your wallet, so use these tips to keep your trip frugal and fun!