Save Money Monday: Vacation Money Saving Tips
Everyone needs a getaway, but vacations typically involve a huge expense. If you don’t have a lot of disposable income, you might forgo an annual trip. But rather than pass on the opportunity to enjoy a little relaxation and fun with your family, consider these tips from PennySaverUSA.com, to help you save money on vacations.
Stay With Family or Friends
This is probably one of the easiest ways to save money on a vacation. If you’re going somewhere that you have friends or family you can stay with, instead of paying $100+ per night, you can stay with friends or family for free. Even if you’re only staying with them for a portion of your trip, you’re still saving a considerable amount of money overall.
Find Discount Hotel Rates
If it’s not possible to stay with friends or family, then always look for discounts when booking your hotel. Use online discount sites like Expedia.com, Priceline.com, or Hotels.com. You can get great savings up to 75%! You can also look for coupons and promo codes if you want to book directly with a desired hotel. Do an online search for a specific hotel followed by the words “coupon code” or “promo code”.
Book in Advance
Last-minute airline tickets are costly, but you can save money by booking plane reservations three or four months in advance. Use a comparison travel website to get the best deal, such as Kayak.com.
Do you NEED a Rental Car
Before you book a rental car, figure out if you really NEED one. Most hotels offer airport shuttles, and may also provide shuttles to nearby attractions. You can also opt to use public transportation. If you determine that you only need a rental car for certain days, check through your options when booking. See if it’s a better value to book for the entire length of your stay, or only for the days you’ll need to use the car.
Monitor Hotel and Rental Car Prices
Even after you’ve already booked a hotel or rental car, still continue to keep a close eye on hotel and rental car prices. Prices for both can fluctuate on a daily basis. Do book your hotel and rental car reservation early, but continue to check for specials or deals. If you find a better rate, cancel your previous reservation and re-book to take advantage of lower rates.
Plan a Cruise
Cruise vacations are an ideal way to save money, especially if you’re able to drive to the cruise port. Accommodations, entertainment and food are costly when planning a vacation. But if you book a cruise, you can enjoy all three for one affordable price. Book during the off-season or with a group to enjoy additional savings.
To save money on food, purchase an ‘Entertainment Book’ for the area that you’re visiting. These books can costs as much as $35, but with so many two-for-one deals, you can recoup your investment after two meals.
Cheap Vacation Packages
If you can’t book a cruise vacation, or an all-inclusive, look for packages that bundle attractions and offer discounts. Sometimes, you can get packages with tickets to multiple attractions, or that offer 2-for the price of 1, which will save you quite a bit of money.