Taking a vacation isn’t cheap – in fact, it can cost big bucks when you get down to it: flights, hotels, meals, attractions, and more all add up. That’s why booking vacation packages can really help when you’re on a tight budget. But there are other things you can do to enjoy an inexpensive vacation as well.
Take a look at these five great tips to planning a vacation on a budget.
1. Start planning early. This tip is pretty straightforward: start planning your vacation in advance to save the most money. Sure, we’ve all heard of last-minute deals, but they are pretty hard to find. With more time to plan, you’ll actually end up paying less.
2. Skip the peak season. Traveling during non-peak times can save you a boatload of money! Often, you’ll find that hotels, attractions, and air travel cost less during these off-peak times. You’ll still have lots of fun but won’t have to deal with breaking the bank or tons of tourists.
3. Make it a group trip. A great way to minimize your financial burden and still have a great vacation is to travel with another family or two. This way, you’ll get to take advantage of group travel rates. Just remember to choose a family you know you’ll get along with. The benefits of spending less money might not outweigh having a terrible time with a family you don’t get along with.
4. Visit off-the-beaten-path destinations. You’ll find that the more popular the destination or attraction, the higher the prices. Take some extra time to research the destinations just outside of the most obvious choices. You’ll be surprised at how inexpensive a trip you can have but still visit the same basic location.
5. Search and compare for the best deals. Don’t buy the first vacation you come across. That’s a big “no-no.” Take some time to really do your research. Figure out what you want to do, where you want to go, and how you want to get there. And, if you are flexible on when you can go, you might save even more.
Remember, traveling on a budget can be a lot of fun! Just because you are spending less money doesn’t mean you are having less fun – you might actually enjoy yourself more knowing that you’ve gotten a great deal while others are going broke!
The bottom line really is with a little time and extra effort you can go on that dream vacation without spending every last cent you’ve got. The more time you have to plan and search for deals, the less money you’ll spend in the long run. So, what’s stopping you? Start planning today.
About the Author: Anna Dewinter is a freelance writer who enjoys traveling and meeting new people.
Yes, that’s right! This post was not written by Chais or Shawna, but rather a guest to FullCourseTravel.com. I hope you enjoyed it!
Please comment below: Tell me…how have you saved money on a vacation? Did you have just as much fun even though you didn’t spend buckets of money?