Going on vacation can be expensive. With rising gas prices and expenses for hotels, food, and activities, it’s no wonder why people willingly (or unwillingly) choose to stay home these days. However, there are ways to save money to make going on a Spring Break vacation an actual possibility. Here are 6 ways to save money on your Spring Break vacation.
- Be flexible with your flights. Flights may be cheaper if you adjust a few days. For example, flying during mid-week is cheaper than during the weekend and flying with stops rather than a direct flight can be cheaper as well. You can also use websites like airfarewatchdog.com, which alerts you when airlines have sales and Kayak’s Explore tool and Google’s flight search, which both allow you to search for the cheapest fares from your local airport to anywhere in the world (Time)
- Stay somewhere other than a hotel chain (unless you’re using points). Usually large hotel chains are going to be pricier than local B&B’s or guest houses. A good tip if staying at one of these is to get to know the people working at these local spots. More times than not, they’ll be able to tell you where the best places are to eat and see, which also tend to be cheaper and a much better experience overall.
- Be your own tour guide. Many larger cities offer free self-guided tours that you can download from a government tourism website. Search with key words such as “free self guided tours” and then the city you are traveling to and some helpful websites should come up. Also, you can find audio tours that you can download to listen to as well. A good audio tour resource is Rick Steves. He has a whole website geared towards touring Europe and he has audio tour podcasts that you can download for free.
- Don’t leave home without the necessities. If you do, these items will be exponentially more expensive if you purchase in your hotel or right around the tourist areas. If you are vacationing at the beach, key items to pack are sunscreen, sand toys (if you are able to carry), goggles, floaties, and sunglasses. If you are making it a snow vacation, then be sure to pack gloves, hats, long johns, hand warmers, heavy socks.
- Rather than eating all three meals out at restaurants for your entire vacation, head to a local grocery store to buy some easy breakfast and snack items like bagels, chips or snack bars and some waters. If you have a mini-fridge in your hotel room, then you can also pick up some drinks and sandwich items for lunch. Also some accommodations provide outdoor grills which you can use to cook dinner. Eating out not only gets very expensive, but it can also be unhealthy. So save money and the extra pounds by opting to eat in a few meals!
- Book your activities or excursions ahead of time. Booking activities before you go will allow you enough time to compare prices for each excursion in order to find the best price. Plus, you may possibly find discounts for booking online or ahead of time. Also, booking ahead can be helpful as some activities can sell out fast so it will guarantee you a spot for that activity.
Do you have any recommendations on how to save money when enjoying your Spring Break vacation?