Save Money on Vacation and Still Have Fun
Nothing ruins a great vacation opportunity faster than having to count every last penny to make sure you have enough money to make it back home. Taking a vacation is the perfect way to relax from your normally stressful life, and for many people, is the only time they can fully unwind and appreciate downtime with their families. If you don’t have a ton of money to spend on vacation, it can be difficult to relax and try new things.
Here are a few tips to help you save money when you travel but still have fun.
Skip a Rental Car:
You don’t always need to rent a car when you travel. Some cities and destinations are perfect for walking sightseeing and using public transportation and it can often save you quite a bit of money over renting a car. You can call the hotel you plan to stay in before you arrive and ask about the public transportation options and closest subway or bus stop, and whether or not there are multi-day passes and other cost saving measures available.
Pack Your Own Meals:
One of the biggest expenses when traveling is eating in restaurants for three meals a day. You don’t have to get three restaurant meals a day in order to eat on vacation! Consider packing non-perishable items for breakfast and/or lunch and eating dinner in the restaurant of your choice. Alternatively, you can select a hotel that includes breakfast daily. Start each day with breakfast in the hotel, and if possible, take a piece of fruit or a bagel for later. If your hotel or vacation rental has a refrigerator, you can keep many more options handy for inexpensive and quick meals.
Look for Free and Discounted Entertainment Options:
You don’t have to pay for group tours or go to all of the touristy attractions that charge admission to experience a new destination. Think outside the box and consider local museums, parks, beaches and free attractions. You can get a local map and take a self guided, walking tour of the area. Visit the local library or coffee shops and look at their bulletin boards – this is where members of the community will post announcements and information about local events. Many of these events would be great for the budget traveler!
Look for Combination Passes for Local Attractions:
If there are a number of tourist destinations you intend to visit on your vacation, check into a combination pass which gives you a discount for purchasing a ticket to more than one destination at the same time. You can find these through the destination’s visitor’s bureau website, through travel agents, or sometimes through your hotel. Combination passes are most common in high tourist areas where there are many attractions in the same location.
Look for and Use Local Coupons:
If you’re going to stay in a destination for awhile, you can make use of coupons for dining, rental cars, and attractions. There are often books of coupons you can purchase ahead of time to save money on all of the local restaurants and attractions. You can also purchase the local newspaper and clip coupons or watch for specials at local restaurants – like happy hour, kids eat free, or buy one get one free nights.
All of these options will help save money when on vacation, but none will reduce the amount of fun and relaxation you experience while traveling. Sometimes thinking a little outside the box will help keep more money in your wallet, but can be just as enjoyable.