By Sean Hutchison
As the weather heats up, so do many peoples summer travel plans. Is it possible to take a trip without spending your past three months salary? We will look at five ways that you and the family can get out of the house, and not have buyers remorse the rest of the summer.
Travel During Non-Peak Days and Hours- Now depending on where you are traveling, peak travel dates and times are going to vary drastically. Ex: Traveling to Phoenix, Arizona in July is going to be much cheaper than in December. The main aspects to consider (much like this list) are five fold: 1. Destination 2. What season is it where you are traveling? 3. Time of day you are traveling 4. Day of the week on which you travel 5. Is it during a holiday? Generally speaking, traveling at late hours of the night and early hours of the morning, as well as in the middle of the week, provide the cheapest travel costs.
Connecting Flights Are Not the Enemy- When setting up your travel arrangements, check to see if their are cheaper routes. In particular, many travel websites will provide different flight routes that can be up to 200 dollars cheaper than their direct flight counterparts. If you have no time constraints, the longer route can be a nice alternative to a direct flight. Also, ask your travel agent, as they are experts in this regard.
Prepay for Events- Whether traveling with a large group or just just one or two people, affordable activities are at a premium. Websites offering prepaid coupons are a great way to save a few bucks, but there are other options also. Major cities often have websites offering exclusive deals with vendors, shows, and restaurants. Many of these events provide discounts for buying tickets in advance, and some even provide discounts when buying as a group. The more you search the better deals you will find!
Buy Groceries- This is the simplest suggestion to do, but the one that not enough people utilize. There is no quicker way to run up a huge tab during your travels than to eat out at expensive restaurants for every meal. If you are going to be at one location for any period of time longer than a night, finding the local grocery stores is a savvy move. You can provide yourself with cheap breakfast options, and make yourself packed lunches for your days on-the-go. On top of that, finding the grocery store will help you learn your surroundings quicker.
Pick Somewhere Reasonable- So you just started a new job and have a little one on the way. Perhaps that’s not the best time to go on a 21 day cruise to Monaco? Being realistic as to what your financial situation is will help you pick a more attainable trip, which ultimately will make your trip more enjoyable. Choosing a lesser known amusement park over the mouse with the big ears, or going to a closer destination are just a few examples of making your vacation feasible for you and your bank account.