Budget Friendly Vacation Ideas
This guest blog post was curated by a guest writer for Bucky.
Every year, people are increasingly foregoing their summer vacations simply because they are too expensive. However, unbeknownst to many, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many budget-friendly and low-cost ways to get the most out of your next summer vacation. Here are just a few ways you can savor your travels and your savings at the same time.
Save on the flight
When booking a flight, try to be as flexible as possible with flight times and days. Prices can be cheaper during less popular times, so do a little research on ticket prices before you buy. Just be sure to do the booking in incognito mode so companies can’t track your search history. If they see you have visited the site more than once, they are more likely to raise their prices. Setting price alerts and signing up for a cheap flight newsletter could also prove useful in getting the cheapest flight possible. And don’t forget to use up any excess credit card miles you have available to save even more.
Pack as light as possible. You could even share your luggage space with a friend to reduce the amount of bags you bring and the fees you pay for. Just don’t forget things like sunscreen or a bathing suit because those can be a bit more expensive to buy at tourist destinations. For the plane, bring your own snacks to avoid exorbitant food prices in both the airport and on the aircraft.
Save on booking
In terms of location, big cities generally have higher prices on everything from food to cab fare. Try your best to stay outside of larger cities in favor of more remote resorts if you plan on doing a lot of exploring outside of the resort or hotel. You could also consider vacationing in the “off-season” to really get the cheapest experience.
Most people don’t know that you can actually negotiate rates directly with the hotel rather than with travel agencies. That way, you can eliminate the middle-man and keep your expenses low. Just keep in mind the area’s exchange rates to get the most value for your money.
When booking, you should also consider if going all-inclusive is right for you. There are tons of options for all-inclusive resorts and cruise lines that can save you a lot of money, in the long run, depending on factors like how much you plan on drinking or how often you’ll stay on the premises. Just remember that if you venture off of the premises, those all-inclusive deals likely won’t follow you.
Save on shopping
First off, become friendly with your concierge. They know the best deals, restaurants and shopping around, and they’re more likely to share if they like you. When shopping for souvenirs and food, there are several important things to keep in mind. Try shopping locally instead of from large businesses. Often, you are able to haggle prices down from these local shops to save a few dollars here and there, which can really add up. You should also practice self-control and wait to purchase souvenirs until you’ve seen several different shops. Take mental notes of the cheapest prices, and come back to those shops at the end.
To save money on food, try eating in your room at least once a day. If nearby, go to a local grocery store or market and find yourself a nice, cheap meal. If you have the convenience of a kitchen where you are staying, you can even take it one step further and cook yourself an authentic meal made from local ingredients. And while seeing the sights, be sure to bring snacks and drinks to avoid paying for food on the go.
Vacations are fun; saving money is fun. It’s a shame that most of the time, they don’t always work out together. Proper budgeting and planning can really help you get the most bang for your buck while on holiday. These tips aren’t the only ones out there; people are constantly innovating ways you can save money traveling. Share your ideas in the comments below to keep the conversation going!
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