Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t take a fun trip. With a little planning and some restraint, you can have a fantastic time without losing all your savings or going into debt. Here’s how you can save money on vacation. The more you save now, the more you can save up for a resort vacation later.
1. Avoid the Busiest Times
Not only will you save money, but you’ll avoid long lines and crazy airport travel and traffic. Avoid traveling during school breaks and holidays.
2. Ask for a Lower Price
At hotels, before you book online try calling the hotel directly to ask for a lower rate. As long as you’re polite, there is no reason not to ask — and you’ll often get a better deal.
If you love nature, book a campsite for $20-40 per night, rather than a hotel for $100+ per night. And if you want to camp in style, try renting an RV instead of staying in a hotel. You’ll have the great outdoors, all the conveniences, and plenty of savings to boot. One tip? Rent from local RV owners instead of big RV rental lots.
4. Road Trip It
Especially if you have a big family, a road trip might be more affordable AND easier on the kids — depending on how far you go. Explore local destinations you might take for granted, and you won’t have to spend a solid week in the car. No matter where you go, bring plenty of fun reading materials for the kids.
5. Plan Splurges Carefully
Maybe it’s a nice meal. Maybe it’s an amusement park or other exciting experience. Just plan your vacation splurges carefully and choose only one major one per trip. You’ll make your trip memorable without spending too much on daily extravagances.