Looking to save money on your vacation this year? You are not alone. Today, more than ever before, people are vacation bargain hunting. Having a vacation on a scaled back budget is very doable and with the help of these tips, you will be on the road to savings in no time!
Be on the lookout
Sign-up for alerts through websites including TravelZoo.com and AirfareWatchdog.com to receive weekly e-mails about airfare specials. If you can be flexible on your travel dates you may be able to score last minute bargains which will help you save money too.
Enjoy a “staycation”
Save money on your vacation by staying at home. In Northern California, we are blessed to have access to countless amenities including amusement parks, hiking trails, state parks, museums and zoos alike which offer an array of wonderful possibilities. Not only will you save money on airfare, lodging and food, but you will get to explore your very own backyard.
Shop around for bargains
The old concept of supply and demand is likely going to work in your favor this summer. People are saving their money and not spending as much, and hotels and resorts are feeling it. Shop around for deals on the Internet and take advantage of deals that involve free meals for kids, which can easily save you $100 or more over the course of a week.
Bring along refillable water bottles
Pack water bottles in your suitcase and then use them once you arrive at your destination. A family of four can easily spend $20 or more a day buying water.
Take advantage of coupons
Whether it is for lodging, food or attractions, coupons save money. You can find them online, in your local newspaper, at grocery stores, etc. Be sure to read the fine print carefully for terms of the coupon.
Eat more meals in your room
If you are staying at a hotel, go to the nearest grocery store and pick up some food items for snacks, breakfast and lunch. This will save you a lot of money and give you a break from restaurant dining.
Consider getting a credit card that gives you travel points or miles
United Airlines and Southwest both offer credit cards that reward you with miles based on your spending. Be sure to read the fine print and ask about associated fees. If you travel a lot, however, having such a credit card may pay off for you.
Pack lightly and carefully
The airlines have new lower baggage limits and some carriers are charging fees if you check more than one suitcase per person. To avoid unnecessary fees, check the weather conditions at your destination ahead of time at WeatherChannel.com and pack according to the forecast.
What are your money-saving vacation tips?