Summer vacation is something most people look forward to all year. Whether you’re going to the beach or taking the family to Europe, money can be a concern.
The professionals at Broussard Poché, LLP have some vacation tips to make sure your mind is on relaxation and not money matters.
Look for Deals
Once you decide on dates and a destination, shop around for deals. Remember, there are websites like, Priceline or Kayak, that can help you bundle things like airfare, hotels, and car rentals. Also, apps like Airbnb could land you a beachfront house for a fraction of the price of going through a real estate website.
- Look for online coupons and even package deals that might include discounts on flights and rental cars.
- Look for a few freebies. Things like free breakfast, buffet coupons, and local tours could be included with the price of your hotel room or car rental.
- Consider joining a few discount programs like AAA or AARP.
Book Flights Quickly
- If you are positive about your dates and destination, book the flight ASAP. Flights can easily double overnight. And depending on where you live, you may be working with only a few airlines. Typically, the cheapest flights are found on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Pay For as Much as You Can Upfront
- Hopefully, you’ve been saving a bit for this trip, use your vacation savings to pay for the flights and hotel upfront. That way you can just be concerned with food and recreation during the vacation itself. If you can find a “package deal” vacation, you may be able to buy things like theater tickets in advance as well.
Don’t Cancel Once Booked
- Once you decide where you want to go, stick with that decision. Once flights, hotels, and rentals are booked it can cost big bucks to back out. Even changing the dates can come with steep financial penalties.
Save Your Most Expensive Events Until Last
- If you’re going to splurge at the casino or on Broadway tickets and a fancy dinner, save that until the end of the trip. That way you can examine your budget before the final blow-out event!
A Few More Things to Keep in Mind
- It’s always a good idea to set a daily budget.
- Also, if you’re traveling with pets don’t forget to factor in pet fees for accommodations.
It’s easy to let expenses add up when you’re having fun. Make a plan and stick with it.