Vacations are a wonderful way to recuperate from the daily grind of daily life. They can help us relax, renew creativity and fuel excitement. All good things to have. They can also be a big drain on the wallet. A huge drain if you’re hoping for something luxurious. If you’re like me, you’re conscious of your spending and desire to get the most bang for your buck. With so much going into vacation planning, it actually helps the situation, because then there are just as many opportunities to save.
Pick A Location
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This is the fun part! You’ll want to consider some places off the beaten path. You can still get time on the beach without visiting Miami Beach with the other thousands of tourists. Seriously, there is the whole East coast to choose from, the Gulf of Mexico AND the West coast. You could also consider multiple locations and make a road trip of it. Some budget road trips we’ve done in the past:
Northern New England
If you end up being really set on a big destination and can’t see vacationing anywhere else, then opt to stay in the suburbs. You’ll notice cheaper rates on hotels and parking. Plus it will be a bit on the quiet side.
Pick A Time
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The time of your vacation can be just as important to sticking to budget as picking a location. Most destinations are popular (meaning lots and lots of people!) during peak times of the year. The hotel pricing will also be higher during peak season too. And are you hoping to travel during the holidays? Yeah, don’t. That’s peak season everywhere.
Consider A Package Deal
Just like all those bundles that cable companies offer, hotels offer vacation packages as well. Look for packages offered by sites like Groupon or Living Social. They will combine the hotel, a rental car and even a flight for better rates than purchasing A La Carte. We recently booked with a budget air line (American Airlines) and snagged a rental car for the week for $80. Much cheaper than paying for a week at the airport.
Don’t Leave At All
One huge tip to planning a budget friendly vacation is to not leave. *gasp* Yep, I said it. Stay home. Ever heard of a staycation? Be a tourist in your own town or take a day trip somewhere within a fair distance. You’ll avoid paying for a flight and a hotel in one fell swoop. We do this often. Sometimes you just need to get out, am I right?
Here are some travel tips from bloggers all over the world. Check out what they have to share! Every week I will be sharing a Travel Tip Tuesday post and allowing my blogging friends to share their travel tips as well.