One of the most common reasons I get from people on why they do not go on vacation, is because it is too expensive. I agree that certain aspects about vacationing can get expensive but there are so many ways to save money when planning your trip. Here are some pointers to help you save money and still have the vacation of a lifetime.
Travel During Non Peak Times
I have done quite a bit of trip planning in my lifetime. It is amazing how a week or two can change the amount of money you are paying for hotel, flight and even excursions. If you are flexible on your travel dates, run a few options in your search engine. Holidays, spring break and summer vacation are all high travel times and should be avoided if you can help it.
Choose One Meal A Day To Eat Out
Unless you are traveling to one of those wonderful all inclusive resorts, you have to plan for your meals. Majority of hotels will offer some kind of free breakfast, which is something to look for when booking. Lunch time can be a little more tricky depending on where your day will take you. Whether you’re road tripping or flying, packing a lunch is usually the easiest and best way to save money. Having a picnic with your loved ones is also a great memory to share. After a wonderful day of vacation, a big delicious dinner will complete it!
Plan Ahead For Souvenirs
Most people enjoy getting a souvenir to remember their vacation by. Some can be expensive and some not so much. Depending on your family size, it may be difficult to allow all of your children to choose one at every location you travel too. At most locations they have pressed penny machines, which I think are a wonderful souvenir. I also think that postcards, magnets and pencils are great ways to remember vacations by and very affordable. If you or your children are a little harder to please than that, set a limit and stick to it.
If you know in advance that you will be visiting a certain establishment, check their website for coupons. A lot of places will give a certain percentage off for buying your tickets online or will offer a coupon to use at the gate. Most places will scan coupons from your phone but some still require the ticket to be printed, make sure you read the fine print. Hotels also sometimes have special discounts for local attractions, so it is a good idea to check with them when you arrive.
Make The Call
You would be surprised how many places give perks just for asking nicely. Make the call, ask if they offer private tours, discounts, early entrance, free food passes, etc. Some have a certain number of freebies they give out monthly and they are just waiting for someone to ask! The worst they can say is no.
Getting away is a time to relax and enjoy, not worry about money. Plan ahead and utilize as many of these tips as you can to save all that you can.