Though many people find it fairly easy to stay committed to a budget, vacations often become the straw that breaks the camel’s back. They tend to be seen as one of those things that, if they’re worth doing, they’re worth doing right, meaning spending what it takes to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. While that’s understandable, think about if the following tips will work to help keep you on budget while you’re enjoying time away.
For one thing, consider what other options you have besides a hotel. Are you traveling to a destination where you have friends? Even if you just spend a night or two with them, it could make a huge difference in overall costs. You can thank them with a nice bottle of wine and still walk away with a substantial amount saved. There are also a number of options online to rent rooms in local homes or the entire property. Even the latter can often cost less for a hotel room during the same amount of time.
You should also look at the money you’ll be spending on food. The nice thing about renting a home or apartment—so long as it’s affordable—is that you’ll most likely get a kitchen to use. Doing your grocery shopping and preparing your own meals is not just a great way to better understand the area; it will keep money in your pocket too.
Lastly, book your vacation soon enough that you can choose the parameters. Experts say that Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are the cheapest days for flying, as well as the actual day of a popular holiday. Many airlines will also allow you to type in where you wish to fly to and they’ll tell you when it will be most affordable to do so.
With a little planning ahead, your next vacation can be plenty enjoyable and maybe even your most affordable yet.