Monday, May 23, 2011

Saving Money on Your Vacation

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?

10 comments:

  1. What GREAT ideas! I just love Our Fine House! The blogs are so HELPFUL with neat ideas and tips and tricks on just about EVERYTHING! Thanks for awesome money saving ideas when planning a vacation! I'm big on saving a buck when you can, and these fun tips will help me save even more!

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  2. When we go on vacation we try not to eat at "touristy" restaurants, we ask locals what they recommend and eat somewhere that isn't charging an arm an a leg just because they know they can "sucker in" SOME tourists. A dear friend of mine is a successful realtor and she just recently negotiated her stay in Shasta. So there's another money saving tip!

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