7 Easy Tips To Save Up For Your Next Vacation
Today we have 7 easy tips to save up for your next vacation. Camera, sunscreen, golf clubs, a good book — when it comes to vacation necessities do not forget to bring along your wise spending habits. They will not take up any room in your suitcase and even better, they might just result in a richer yet less expensive vacation experience.
According to financial planners, making the effort to stretch your vacation dollar may give you more options on your trip to relax while seeing and doing more. Individuals may even be able to stretch their vacation a little longer than originally planned. All you really need is a nose for finding deals (access to the Internet helps, but is not essential). Here are some tips for uncovering the best deals:
- Hunt online. “E-commerce sites can save you money on meals, activities, services, sightseeing and amusements specific to the area you are visiting,” said FPA member Amy Hoffman, CFP®.
- Scour kiosks and displays. Visitors bureaus, tourist information centers, even hotels and restaurants, have racks full of discount flyers, coupons and info on special deals.
- Take advantage of the eat-in option. You can run up quite a tab eating out three times a day. So if you are staying in a rental property with a kitchen, or a hotel/motel with an in-room fridge, microwave or kitchenette, make a point of preparing at least some simple meals.
- Pounce on meal deals. Many hotels/motels offer free breakfast. Also, look for two for one and kids-eat-free deals at local restaurants.
- Pick up a discount card from a local grocery store. Whether it’s for meals or just for snacks, buying groceries with a discount card can provide significant savings. Use the discount grocery card to buy supplies for a picnic you pack for your day’s destination, whether it is a beach, park, or local attraction.
- Use public transportation instead of renting a car. Vehicle rental and parking can be really pricey, especially in cities and during high vacation season. Check with the transit authority in the area you are staying to see about short-term passes that provide unlimited transit ridership.
- Check in early. If you are traveling by air, check in early by computer and prepay the baggage fee for the return flight. It can be cheaper that way.
Check TripAdvisor-Know Before You Go Thanks to TripAdvisor you can read reviews, compare prices and book everything you need for your next adventure. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site with over 600 million+ unbiased traveler reviews. Plus even better, you can Search 200+ sites to find the best hotel prices as well as things to do, often saving you money. A little research ahead of time can save you hundreds of dollars allowing you to stretch your money even farther.