We all want that Instagram worthy vacation. Usually what comes with that is a hefty price tag. This article will help you to save and even cut spending on your next trip. So, when it comes to saving money you need to find out what costs the most so you can save in those areas. Some of the most expenses on vacation are lodging, food, things to do, and personal items. Here are some ways to help you save money while being on vacation.
I know it is vacation and you want to relax and that means NO COOKING. I know but in reality eating out 3+ times a day paying for drinks, taxes, and tips really adds up. So cutting down on food expense is a great way to actually save money on vacation.
Shopping at the Grocery store or even a Outside Market is a great way to save money. Make your own food for some meals out of the week. Buy snacks so you are not constantly buying items. These small simple steps can save you hundred on your trips. Of course you should still go out and enjoy but make your own meal sometimes. Pack a lunch and go have a picnic.
Cashing in on a hotel or resorts meal plan program of breakfast can actually save you money. You are probably thinking how? Well in reality you are seeing the total amount paid for whatever you are paying for. It’s the total amount versus what you think you may pay for. Mind you this is still what you may think you pay. You may think you will only budget $60.00 on a meal but you may actually overspend. Indulging on vacation happens and you are entitled to it. By already counting in the cost of the meal there are no surprises. Here is a great travel tip. Bring your reusable travel mugs on your next trip. Need your morning cup of coffee but don’t want to pay extra bucks for it? Bring down your mugs and fill them at breakfast during your hotel stay.
Another accumulative cost is lodging during your next trip. We can’t really escape the cost of lodging but we can ease it. With so many websites to book hotels and also the option of renting lodging cost is competitive. Some of the best ways we have found to get the best deal on hotels is by booking directly through their website. Believe it or not most hotels offer the best price on their site. If not try booking special deals or rates. Some websites offer a special rate for a secret hotel deal. You pay a specific cost and are promised a three or four star hotel at a deep discount by hiding its name. These can be great ways to save money on lodging. It can also be part of the fun as you won’t know for sure what you are booking until you submit payment. Then the hotel name is revealed to you. We have saved hundred of dollars by using this. This is a great option for both short stays and longer stays. Don’t forget to add your travelers insurance before checking out!
All the adventures and experiences you want to have on your next trip can also be costly. With some leg work and searching you can find discounts to many of the things you wish to do and see. Here is a great article on ways to find some discounts. By utilizing some of the sources listed you can easily cut costs. You can even schedule you travel dates around certain date periods when there is a discount.
A lot of times thinking outside the box is the best way to save money while actually on trips. Utilizing websites such as Groupon or bloggers that live in the areas we are visiting can help. Going through Groupon Things To Do list can save you money on attractions in that area. Many times Groupon itself also offers promo codes which can stack on top of those original savings through the deal. Look into City Card for where you are visiting. I know the upfront cost may be worrisome but they actually do save you some money. The cost to two or three attraction covers the cost of the card itself. Mind you the city cards often have over $100 dollars in savings. Some even cover city transportation for 42 or 72 hours.
Another way we try to save money is by bringing our own toiletries so we don’t have to buy any on our trip. For soaps or shampoo bars we contact our favorite Etsy seller for a custom order. We custom order our specific travel soap and ask that it be cut up into travel size bars. You can also just try cutting the soap yourself. Heading to Disney? Etsy is another great resource to get those custom ears at a fraction of the cost while supporting small business. You can also make your own travel size versions of your favorite personal products. The Dollar Tree sells travel size containers for one dollar plus tax. All you have to do is fill them up with your own products!
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