As summertime approaches, you may already be daydreaming about your next vacation. Whether that simply be some time off work and enjoying a little staycation somewhere nearby or travelling and indulging in a full-on getaway. It’s no secret that vacations of any kind can be pricey. That being said, there are definitely ways to ease down on the cost and plan a budget-friendly vacation. If you know one thing about us, it’s that we love a deal. We’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks to help make your next vacation as budget-friendly as possible!
Here are 7 tips to save money on your next vacation!
Figure Out How Much You’re Willing To Spend
The first, and probably most obvious tip, is to plan your budget. Find out exactly how much you want to spend on your vacation to help manage your expectations and whether you should opt for a staycation or to travel – and for how long.
Book In Advance
Whether it be a flight, hotel, or both, the price is usually way lower than a last-minute trip if you book as far in advance as possible!
Create An Itinerary
Creating an itinerary will help you plan out what exactly you are going to spend. And sticking to a plan will help avoid overspending in the moment (we’ve all been there).
One of the most costly parts of a vacation is eating out. However, if you plan out your meals and how often you are willing to eat out, you can save quite a bit! Depending on your individual vacation plans, it will vary how much you can meal plan. If the location you’re staying in is equipped for cooking, making some of your own meals will save you a ton. If you’re travelling somewhere like a resort, check out the packages and try and book something all-inclusive so you don’t have to give your meals a second thought!
Research The Cheapest Times To Fly/Travel
Prices tend to vary on flights depending on what time you’re flying. From the day of the week to the time of the day all the way to the month you’re travelling. (August, for example, is a great time to travel to save costs).
Split The Costs
If you’re going on vacation with a group, always have the budget discussion in advance! You don’t want to get stuck spending more than everyone else. Things like food, transportation, hotels, Airbnbs, etc. can all be split up to ensure no one is spending more than their share.
Make a list of everything you’ll need over your trip and check it over a few times to ensure you didn’t miss anything! This will save you from having to buy any supplies on the go (where it may be more expensive). Although you want to pack everything you need, you also don’t want to over-pack. Especially if you’re flying, if you want to save from having to check a bag.
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