Plan Your Summer Getaway Without Going Broke
Summer is quickly approaching, and for many that means it’s time for travel. While the cost of vacation may be concerning, it helps to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to plan a fun trip. Here are some tips to stay within your travel budget.
Research deals and discounts. Look online for specials and coupons. Discount sites like Groupon or LivingSocial provide deals based on where you live, but you can also use these sites to secure offers for the cities you plan to visit. Sign up for those cities a few weeks before you travel so you can receive discounts for dining and local attractions. Compare pricing before making reservations, and don’t be afraid to negotiate a better rate.
Fly during the week. According to FareCompare.com, airfare is generally more expensive over the weekends. For instance, you may get a cheaper fare if you plan your trip from Wednesday to Wednesday. Avoid high business travel days, such as Friday, Sunday night and Monday morning.
Consider how you book your trip. Booking hotel, airfare and car rental together is convenient and may get you better rates, but price these individually, as well, to determine the best value. Another option is an all-inclusive hotel package that includes meals, drinks, entertainment and activities, which also help you control your budget.
Pack your own food. Going out for meals can be expensive. Bring your own snack options or stock up at a local grocery store once you reach your destination. Bring along bottled water and avoid overpriced drinks. If you have a microwave or a kitchenette in your room, save money by eating a few meals in your hotel.
Plan your itinerary. Research your destination to find free and inexpensive things to do. Having an organized schedule can save you money. But, don’t pack your trip so full that you are rushed and exhausted. Make sure to schedule some time to slow down and relax.