Have you been dying to get away but the cost alone stops you dead in your tracks? Why not consider budget travel options instead of full-price vacations? As long as you are smart about when you book your flight and hotel, you can really get away with spending next to nothing for a wonderful vacation. Whether you want to travel internationally, fly across the country, drive somewhere a few hours away or even take a stay-cation, there’s no reason to not treat yourself to a getaway.
Know When to Fly
Knowing when to fly is the best way to save. Rates are lowest during the week, specifically Tuesday through Thursday. You can also get low prices if you’re willing to fly early in the morning or late at night. If possible, fly during the off-season. Rates are low because the tourist population is down. For example, San Francisco’s coldest month is July. If you fly there during this time, you’ll be able to take a summer vacation without spending a bundle. Just bundle up! The city is chilly this time of year.
If you don’t mind not being able to choose your destination, check out the last minute travel deals that airlines are offering. You can really head to some unique places if you’re willing to keep your mind open to where you visit. The best way to plan this type of last-minute vacation is to find joint airfare and hotel deals. Often, the destination you can fly to for a reduced rate will also have hotels that have discounted rooms.
All inclusive resorts are great if you want a ton of activities and perks for one, easy-to-understand price. This is also a great way to travel to exotic locales without spending a ton of money to pay for everything individually. For example, if you want to get away to Mexico, all-inclusive deals will take care of everything from your rooms and meals to activities and events.
Odds are that there are plenty of places in your own hometown that you’ve never explored. If there are B&Bs or lodges nearby, that means that people are traveling out of their area to vacation in your town. Why not do the same? Booking a few nights at a nearby hotel means saving a ton on travel fare. You can even treat yourselves out to a nice dinner or order in room service for the entire weekend with all the money you save.
A great way to save money while you’re on vacation is to make smart eating decisions. Fill up on the complementary breakfast that your hotel offers. Plan for one or two splurge meals and eat for less the rest of the vacation. If your room has a fridge, stock up at a local supermarket and try to eat a meal or two in the room every day or pack up snacks to take along with you while you’re out and about.