Vacations are fund to take, but they can take a toll on our wallets. However, there are tips and tricks you can use to get more bang for your buck and save some of your hard-earned cash for another vacation down the road.
Go to popular places in the off season
Going to a beach during spring or fall is going to save you more money on hotels since hotels in the area are expecting guests during the summer season, which is the most popular. Not only can you save on hotels, but you can also potentially save on activities. For example, if you are going to a theme park, you are likely not going to need to pay extra money to get front of the line passes since there is a good chance you will not be waiting long in line since it is the off season.
Book a cheaper vacation
Instead of going to Disney World, how about backpacking in a state park? Instead of going to an all-inclusive resort, why not make it a stay-cation and watch a movie marathon at home? Vacations don’t necessarily have to be away from home or take a lot of money to do. Vacations are rest from work life, and there are ways to take a break without spending an arm and a leg to go out of the country.
Pay for hotels well in advance
Hotels will take advantage of folks who book at the last minute or even only a few weeks before needing the room. Some hotels will offer deals to individuals who book a year in advance (which might be recommended anyway if you are going to a very popular place). It doesn’t hurt to look around for hotel deals and unless there is a cancellation fee with a room, it might be better to hold a room and not need it instead of paying full price for it closer to your vacation.
Bring your own food
Instead of dining out every meal, why not bring some food from home? It’s easy enough to go to a grocery store and buy a box of cereal for breakfast instead of going to a pancake house away from home, and food is normally okay to pack for road trips and airplane trips. Meals tend to be a large expense on any vacation, so why not trim your budget by buying some tasty treats from
the grocery store the day before and save it for when you’re craving it on vacation?
Cut your budget
Some vacation planners will set a budget at the start of vacation planning which is excellent. You can save money in the long run by establishing a budget and sticking to it, and making a budget up front will allow you to look at your list of expenses and see where you could possibly cut costs. For example, instead of paying for a plane ticket, could you drive to this destination? Could you cut food costs by eliminating fine dining meals planned? Budget ahead and time and see what you can do to cut costs.