It’s a common misconception that a budget for traveling has to be exponential. It’s 100% achievable to enjoy a relaxing vacation without breaking the bank.
We’ve included some tips and tricks on how to travel on a reasonable budget without having to camp roadside as your main lodging option.
Live Like the Locals
Just like you’d seek out fun, free activities in your own town, why not try the same for your vacation destination? Check out community calendars, libraries, museums, or even pack up the bikes for a ride in the local neighborhoods. The Downtown scene of the place you are visiting may be very walkable providing a great place to for an evening stroll.
Look for a Kitchen Area
Eating out for every single meal can get pretty pricey. Look for a destination, whether that’s a hotel or AirBnB, with access to a kitchen, or at the very least, a refrigerator and microwave. You can enjoy a nice cup of homemade coffee on the patio without worrying about room service charges. Plan out your meals ahead of time so that when you decide to dine out, you can really make it count.
Location, Location, Location
If you plan to go somewhere without your own vehicle, you should consider the cost of transportation. If you plan to go to a big city, try to find a location that has great walkability or public transportation options. Renting a car or using Uber for each and every destination can get quite pricey, especially during surge hours.
Create a Vacation Budget
We know that it doesn’t sound glamorous, but having a spending budget for your trip will actually give you more freedom. This way when the last day of your trip comes up, you won’t worry about scrounging for the protein bar you left in your purse from the airport. Talk about what you’re willing to spend on transportation, meals, entertainment, lodging and any souvenirs you may want to take home.
Scour for Deals
If you have ample time before your trip, subscribe to sites that will update you when hotel rooms and flights are at their cheapest. Day and time of day make a huge difference when it comes to airlines. If you have the flexibility in your schedule, it’s well worth the savings.
Planning ahead can make your actual vacation time much less stressful. If you have a plan going in, the stress of checking your credit card balance is eliminated and allows you to enjoy all that your destination has to offer.