Sometimes money is tight. If you're like me, what's in my bank account doesn't change my love for traveling. Thankfully there are many experienced travelers out there that travel frequently, some year round, and know the best places to travel on a budget. We've compiled some great tips and bits of advice on how to take a vacation when you're trying to make every dollar count.
Visit Out of Season
It’s a great idea to look up plane tickets and destinations outside of peak seasons. There are many apps such as Hopper that help you track flight prices throughout the year and when prices may go down. Beware if you’re visiting outside of peak tourist season, you may have a trade off with the weather as well.
Ditch the Hotel
Staying in higher priced hotels on vacation is a habit that is starting to fade. With the emergence and boom of airbnb as well as many other house renting apps out there today, travelers benefit by having to pay less than retail price and homeowners also benefiting from additional income for their current property. Most hosts are also super friendly and can provide local recommendations and insight if requested.
Try to avoid Uber and other expensive travel services when visiting a city. There are great apps like Transit that help take the anxiety out of riding a transit or subway system when you’re traveling. Depending where you are and your surroundings, walking is always an option too and is much more popular when on vacation in Europe.
Although it’s one of the best parts of traveling, going out to eat doesn’t need to be for every meal. Depending where you’re traveling, a local market could give you even more fresh ingredients to try and cook with first hand just as a local would. While saving money could be the top priority there are also some other great reasons to cook while traveling. These tend to be a bit cheaper than dining at touristy restaurants.
Try All Inclusive Options
Another great money saver for an inexpensive vacation is looking for accommodations that are All-Inclusive. A fan favorite, all inclusive accommodations ensure your food and alcohol is not a worry after the fact and you pay what you can budget for up-front. With this approach you can allow the days to be full of making memories and having fun on a resort vs. stretching each dollar. Not every all-inclusive option fits every budget but travel consultants are a great resource to help find the perfect fit. Travel Consultants can assist with bookings, accommodations and itineraries as well as ensuring your budget requirements are being thought of.
Minimize Souvenir Shopping
Instead of needing to buy everyone in the family a gift or souvenir, utilize what’s free, the actual beauty of where you are. Take pictures. Take videos. Bring a journal. Try and compile your best photos and thoughts all in one place. Your stories and compilation of memories can be shared with those who matter most in a tasteful way.
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