The travel options most of us are exposed to, are expensive. It's unlikely that you'll see many advertisements for budget vacations. High-profit travel companies run the travel destinations you see in colorful brochures, high-end magazines, and on television.
Expensive vacations are a possibility, but there are more economical options to consider. Many people manage to travel the world on a budget of $50 or less per day. Here are 6 ways to spend less on your next vacation.
1Try The Shoulder Season
Hitting Europe in the summer and Aruba in the winter might be ideal. However, you can save a lot of money by traveling just before or after peak seasons as the costs are lower, and the weather is still good. It's also less crowded and more peaceful.
2Bid For Your Hotel Room
Most travelers are aware of websites like Priceline.com and Hotwire.com, but it's challenging to know if you're getting the best deal. Betterbidding.com can provide actual bidding information and advice for the popular bidding websites. You can find out the average room rate and compare. You'll know with certainty if you're bidding too little or too much.
3Wait Until The Last Minute
While airfares go through the roof close to the travel date, many other travel-related services, like cruises and tours, tend to drop in price. Typically, people on business-related travel fly at the last minute. This group of travelers isn't as price conscious.
Cruises and tours mostly have fixed costs, so they get all the money upfront. There's little reason to send out a cruise ship with empty rooms. Leaving those rooms vacant gets them zero dollars, so they'd rather sell trips at a discount to bring in more income.
4Plan Your Meals
It's easy to spend a lot of money on food, especially if you have a large family. Find discount coupons and deals ahead of time. Decide where you're going to eat before starting on your journey. Remember that you can cook for yourself, too, even on vacation with some planning. An electric skillet can save you a lot when you're on vacation!
5Try To Travel Light
Airlines like to give the impression of lower fares, but by now, you likely know the truth. They charge for everything else that used to be free, and the bags cost a fortune. Some airlines charge for any checked luggage. Plus, overweight bags can cost you hundreds of extra dollars before you even board the plane for your trip!
If you're taking a road trip, consider your gas consumption. Many rewards programs can help you save money on gas. If you have a smartphone, you can find apps to assist you with finding the best gas prices on your route. Many gift cards give additional discounts on gasoline, as well.
6Find Free Entertainment
Most cities have some free entertainment just about every day of the week. Many museums offer free admission one day a week. Get online and see what's happening, where you're vacationing.
A budget vacation doesn't have to feel like you're skimping. It simply requires some creative planning. With a concerted effort, you can have your greatest vacation ever, without breaking the bank. Use these tips and your ideas to save money, while giving your family a vacation to remember.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2.".