It’s that time of year–school is on its way out, and everyone is planning their summer vacations! Taking a vacation every summer is great for de-stressing and spending time with your family. However, if money is tight, it can be hard to find budget-friendly travel options if you aren’t looking in the right place. Today we are going to show you four easy ways you can save a little money on your vacation without any fuss.
Book It Right
When booking flights or hotels for your vacation, you want to make sure you get the best price possible. There are several ways you can do this, but one way to make sure you are getting a good price is to do your research. Sign up for newsletters that will send you info on the cheapest flights for the week. You can do this by just searching “Cheap Flight Newsletters” in your internet browser. Another subject to research is cash back websites that offer a certain percentage of cash back if you book hotels or flights through their sites. Some sites can give you up to 15% cash back! Giving Assistant and Ebates are two popular platforms for this type of savings.
Take Advantage of Freebies
When you book your hotel on vacation, make sure you look at the amenities you get with your room. Is there a free breakfast or complimentary wifi? Do they have a pool and fitness center? If they have a free breakfast, that’s one meal you don’t have to pay for. If they have free wifi, you don’t have to use data on your phone or pay ghastly by-the-hour internet fees at the hotel. A pool and fitness center can be free entertainment for kids or teens during down times. It’s important to think about what your needs are going to be and how the hotel you book can fit your needs. This may be an obvious tip, but this type of planning can save you some real money–especially if you have a larger family.
Don’t Eat Out Every Meal
Eating out can be one of the most expensive parts of going on vacation. When thinking of vacation destinations, find a place to stay with a kitchen if at all possible. If there is no kitchen available, at least try to find a place with a refrigerator and microwave. When you arrive at your destination, get your family to decide what meals you would like to eat out. (Hint: it’s often cheaper to eat out at lunch rather than dinner.) Go to the grocery store and buy items for the meals you decide to eat in, depending on what kind of amenities you have available. A trip to the store is much cheaper than eating three meals out every day.
Find Free (or Cheap) Events
When researching your vacation destination, look for upcoming events in the city you want to visit. More often than not, you can find community calendars with free or extremely cheap events that you can attend. Whether it is a concert in the park, a free movie night or a free admission day to a local museum, you might be surprised at what you find. Sprinkle these type of events in with the more costly attractions to save a little money.
With a little research, it’s clear that you can find ways to reduce your costs while still having a great time on your vacation this summer!