5 Tips to Reduce Your Vacation Expenses

Vacationing with the family doesn’t need to cost a fortune. It may seem hard to believe, but you can definitely go on an unforgettable trip with a very limited budget.  All you need is to make a number of wise choices:

1) Travel off-season.

If possible, vacation during the off-season. You’ll get a better rate on accommodations, plane tickets, train tickets and even theme park passes this way!

2)  Choose your accommodations wisely.

There’s no rule that says you have to stay in a hotel. Stay at a vacation rental or even a condominium unit for the duration of your trip. Vacation rentals are especially great for large groups. You’ll save a lot of money and will enjoy all the conveniences of home.

3)  Skip the attractions for a day.

You don’t need to go to a key attraction every day. Give your wallet a break and spend a day doing free or low-cost activities such as hiking or swimming in the pool. Have a picnic in the park, fly a kite or play a few board games in your vacation rental.

4)  Make smart dining choices.

Dining is a major traveling expense if you eat every meal at an expensive restaurant. Make a trip to the grocery store and get necessary food supplies. Take advantage of your rental’s kitchen and prepare breakfast for the family. Pack sandwiches and various snack items in your bag before heading out for the day. Be sure to pack refillable water bottles for the family in order to avoid buying overpriced bottled water!

5)  Let your children do the budgeting.

If your kids are on the older side, give them an allocated amount of cash for the duration of the trip. Giving them a budget to work with will make them put more thought into their purchases, as well as teach them a sense of responsibility.

Keep in mind that even the smallest of expenses can add up. Practice these five travel tips and tricks and cut down your travel expenses significantly.

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  1. These are excellent money saving vacation tips

  2. Love the idea of having older children budget…helps them get an understanding of what it means to budget in life.

  3. I think staying someplace that has a fridge or even a kitchen is a great way to spend money. Most of the spending money goes towards eating on vacation!

  4. Great tips! Using airbnb is good also.

  5. used several of these tips on our recent spring vacation ~ brought many of the dry good items we would need from grocery budget shopping with coupons ahead of time…saved on much of the food bill that way & enjoyed an early season rental home with heated pool ocean front so much of our time was spent w/ great included activities, we also drove which was still cheaper than flying for our family and enjoyed many sights through scenic routes/areas off the main highways…had a great time & prepared ahead so we would remain in budget 🙂

  6. You go Sheryl! That’s awesome – you did great 🙂

  7. Accommodations really take up huge chunk of vacation budget, along with fares (especially if travelling by plane), so finding the most affordable and yet quality accommodation is really important.

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