For many people, summer means travel, and to some, travel means money. Big money. Because of this mental leap from summer, to vacation, to spending too much money, lots of people are just opting to stay at home. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, because so many people are staying put this summer, there are lots of discounts for those of us who do choose to travel. So travelers, check out these ten vacation ideas. You’ll be able to have all of the fun of summer, on a budget!
When you stay in a house or apartment, you are free to cut back on costs, by buying your own groceries and cooking your own meals, rather than pay for pricey hotel restaurants. This is a great option for large families, and even better for multiple families who can split the cost! Check out Vacation Rentals By Owner for vacation rentals where you’d like to go.
Traveling in large groups has more benefits than just saving on lodging. Tourist spots often offer group rates on not only hotels and homes, but on flights, and activities like zoos, museums, and amusement parks.
If you want to skip the hassle of finding (and paying for!) a vacation home or hotel altogether, try bunking up with a friend. You can even start by planning your vacation around where friends or family live. Use the money you save on lodging to sightsee and have fun in the area!
According to Airfare Watch Dog, most airlines will charge you around $20-$30 for just one checked bag. Try to avoid this by packing light enough to rely on just a carry-on. Even if you are driving to your vacation destination, you can save money by packing well in the first place, so you won’t have to buy clothes on your vacation. In tourist hotspots, a simple sweater might be twice the price it would be at home.
If you are flying, you can save a lot of money just by booking your flight for a weekday. Travel picks up on the weekends, and so do the prices.
Stopovers are inconvenient, boring, and more often than not filled with at least one crying child. But they are worth the money saved. Direct flights are much more expensive than flights with one or two stopovers. It may take a little bit longer, but the money saved can be well worth it.
Taxis are expensive in general, but when it comes to popular tourist spots, especially during high-travel times like summer, taxis’ rates can be downright criminal. So avoid the feeling of getting ripped off, and go for public transportation, like a bus or a shuttle. Or if you’re travelling with a large group, you can split the cost of a rental car. For longer vacations, a rental car will pay for itself—both in the freedom of travel and cost.
Often hotels will sneak in fees for things like “complimentary” breakfast or drinks. To save some money, ask the hotel if you are, in fact, paying for these services, and see if you can cut them. You can even see if your hotel includes a kitchen or kitchenette, so you can make your own meals, just like in a vacation home.
Even if your vacation has nothing to do with business, many companies can still use their company discounts for your benefit. So ask your boss; it doesn’t hurt to try!
We know it’s already July and the time for planning out a summer vacation is dwindling, but the further ahead you book your vacation, the cheaper it will be. Flights, hotels, and even tickets for activities are all cheaper when you book in advance. So get to planning, people!
Are you planning a thrifty summer vacation? Comment below and let us know how you plan on saving!