Traveling can be expensive, but if you have the right strategy, you can cut down the cost. Try these effective ways on your next vacation and your budget will thank you.
1. Look for free activities. If you spend time doing a little research, you’ll see that there are often a lot of free activities in the area. See what is going on in town by looking at community calendars or doing a self-guided walking tour to get familiar with your destination. Museums often have discounted admission after a certain time of day or have a ‘pay what you can’ day once a week.
2. Book a room with a kitchen area. Some people don’t like to cook while on vacation, but making breakfast on your own is an effective way to save your money. A refrigerator and microwave will also be helpful for storing and reheating leftovers.
3. Shop at local stores and farmer’s markets. Shopping at local stores give you the opportunity to taste the local cuisine but not have to pay the price of a restaurant. Also, farmer’s markets often decrease the price of their food towards the end of the day. Buy some local fish and cook it at your room.
5. Carry snacks/water during outings. Your kids will need snacks and water while you are exploring, and it is such as waste to spend money on silly snacks. Put some granola bars in your bag and bring them out when your kids need fuel.
7. Look for city tourist cards. Using city tourist cards, you can gain free entry to top tourist destinations, free public transportation, discounts at restaurants and shops, free guidebooks, skip-the-line options at busy attractions.
8. Don’t get the best room. How much time will you actually use your room? Will you just use it to sleep at night? Do you need a room with so much extra space or such a good view? Will you use all the amenities like a pool or a fitness room? Consider these things before booking a room in order not to waste your money on unnecessary things.