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Going on vacations, traveling, and taking any sort of trip is going to cost money. Being able to go on such trips is a blessing alone, but for many of us, we need to be saving money wherever we can, even on our fun vacations. It is important to be cautious of exactly how much you are spending on your trip and make sure you are staying within your budget. Vacations don’t have to be crazy expensive and elaborate to be fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. Keep reading to find out some of my tips on saving money on vacation.

  • Start planning your trip early to find the best deals on your most expensive items like hotels, plane tickets, rental cars, and attractions.
  • Think about going somewhere nearby that maybe you have never been before. You don’t have to travel across the world to have a good vacation.
  • If you want to travel across the country or even to another country, start planning and saving up for it a year or more in advance.
  • Some group trips will give you discounts for signing up with them and/or paying a certain amount of the cost up front.
  • Check with visitor’s centers for discounts on tickets for attractions.
  • Keep a look out for places that give family/group discounts for a certain number of people in your group.
  • Check travel sites to find out which attractions are worth the money and which ones you should skip. There’s nothing worse than paying a hefty ticket price to a sub-par attraction.
  • Try to find low cost or free attractions and activities.
  • Stay in the area where most of your activities are to save on gas.
  • Use travel websites to compare plane ticket prices to find the best deal.
  • Many of these same websites also compare lodging prices to help you find the best deal.
  • Be flexible about travel dates, as some days are more expensive to fly.
  • Map out your driving path to find what will be the least amount of time on the road.
  • For road trips, taking a car that gets great gas mileage is going to cost you less in gas prices.
  • Try to buy gas at places where you are a member to save cents on each gallon you buy.
  • Pack your own cooler with water and drinks. Pack a snack bag.
  • Eat breakfast at your hotel. If they don’t serve breakfast, consider bringing your own.
  • Eat cheap for lunch and save the nice restaurants for dinners.
  • Split a meals with someone rather than leaving behind food that you can’t take to-go.
  • Cut back on the souvenirs. Wait and find just a few things you like rather than buying something everywhere you stop. Remember that pictures and videos make great souvenirs.

The bottom line is that vacations don’t have to cost an arm and leg to be enjoyable. Vacations should be about having fun and making memories, so make sure that is your top priority. Follow some or all of these tips to save money on your next vacation.

Stay savvy,

Katie

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