Summer time means vacations for many families. Even if you only take them once or twice a year, vacations can be quite expensive. Whether you are visiting local attractions or taking your family on a vacation across the country, there are easy ways to save on vacations so they don’t break the bank.
10 Easy Ways to Save on Vacations
Vacations are a special time in my family because they aren’t something we do all the time. I don’t want to feel like I am pinching every penny when we’re trying to enjoy ourselves. These tips are easy for everyone to do and still allow for a few splurges.
- Don’t wait till the last minute. You will get much better rates on hotels and airfare if you plan ahead by several months.
- Use reward programs. Many credit cards and reward cards allow you to earn points to put toward travel.
- Look for discount restaurants or buy your own lunch supplies at a local grocery store. This works especially well if you have a mini-fridge in your room. Ask if there is a free breakfast buffet as part of your hotel stay.
- Stay with family when possible. Combine your vacation with a visit to family or friends and stay with them instead of paying for a room at a hotel.
- Look for free attractions. There are many attractions you can get into for free. Check with your travel agent when planning your next trip and be certain to visit a few.
- Have a staycation when you can. Can you turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis or a fun attraction for the kids? You may want to vacation at home this year or at least visit attractions within driving distance of your home to avoid hotel fees.
- Make a budget. Figure out exactly what you have to work with and be certain to stay in your budget.
- Skip the souvenirs. Do you really need another t-shirt, magnet or baseball cap to remember your stay? If you must have a souvenir, try a postcard or two and take lots of photographs.
- Search online for coupon booklets, free entrance passes and coupons for the attractions you want to visit. Some attractions will have free entrance days or bracelet days where all the rides are free with the cost of the bracelet.
- When dining out, if your child is very young, skip the children’s mean and let them eat from your plate instead. My children rarely finished a children’s meal when they were small.