Learn my secret tips to help you plan a vacation on a budget. These will truly save you money!
It is the time of year when we all look forward to summer! That means swimming, lazy days, BBQs…..and vacations!!! If you plan on traveling anywhere this year, there are some simple things you can do to save on your trip!
Buy venue tickets in advance. You often can find deals to save 10 or 20% if you buy tickets online. That might mean you have to more carefully plan your trip ahead of time and purchase the tickets accordingly.
Follow Daily Deal Sites. Watch GroupOn for the city where you are heading to as there are often admission deals to theme parks, restaurants and even hotels. and other events. So, if you are heading to Houston, watch the Houston GroupOn page.
You can even keep the app on your phone and check it when you arrive. You might stumble upon a place you wish to visit and can score a discount. We did this when we took our family to Orlando. Saved us more than $20 on admission!
Save on airfaire. Purchase tickets at the right time – usually around 5 – 6 weeks before you travel. Also plan your trip to fly out and return on any day other than Friday or Saturday and you can also find some better rates.
Discounts on rental cars. If you must rent a car, find the best discount before you book. You can save if you book far in advance and even if you prepay. There are a few other ways you can save more money on your rental cars.
Don’t overplan. There is not need to see an attraction every day of your vacation. If you plan on being at your destination for 5 days, just plan events for 3 of them and then spend a couple of down days. Nothing says you have to do something every minute you are away from home.
Use coupons. Yes – you read that right! There are actually great ways to use coupons when you travel. If you own an Entertainment Book, you can find coupons to various venues in there. You may also visit the city you are visiting. For example, at the VisitKC website, there are 2-for-1 offers which anyone can use (local and tourists). Just print out the coupon and take it with you to knock money off of your admission to various locations.
If you do not find something online, ask at the desk where you are staying if they have anything like this. They may have them right in the lobby where you will have access, or they could be behind the counter and they only offer them to guests who inquire.
Stay outside of the city. When visiting large cities such as New York, Orlando, etc, sometimes the hotel costs are more expensive when you stay in the heart of the action. Find a location a little further out and you will sometimes find a lower rate.
Don’t use a hotel. Opt for the rental of a home or a condo. This will give you more space and even a full sized kitchen. That way, you can cook your meals and save on the high cost of dining out.
Hotel with breakfast. If you do need to use a hotel, find one which offers a free breakfast. That will be one less meal you have to pay for each day.
What are your tips for saving money on your family’s vacation?