Now that Daylight Saving Time has passed and we can enjoy the sun on our commutes home, it’ll only be a few short months until summer is here. And what’s the best part of summer? Summer vacation! Each summer, families from all over travel the globe see new sights, eat new food, and share memories together. It can help bring families together as everyone is so busy all year round. This is a time to sit back and relax.
Because summer vacation is a time to let loose, sometimes people can be a little more lax in their spending. Although it’s certainly okay to treat yourselves on your vacation, too much spending could lead to a traveler’s hangover: when you get back from vacation, you review how much you spent and immediately regret getting that $15 shrimp cocktail when you know that you need to get your brakes replaced soon.
Going on a vacation should be a relaxing, enjoyable time it shouldn’t produce more stress afterwards. With that in mind, let’s look at some ways you can save on your vacation, so you can avoid a traveler’s hangover and still enjoy your time with your family.
- Are Your Lodgings Too Fancy? This one doesn’t make any sense. Unless you plan on staying in your hotel room, why would you spend a large amount of money on lodging? Of course, you shouldn’t have to stay in a roach-infested Bates Motel room either, so you’ll have to find a happy medium. Luckily, there are a million discount hotels out there, and they’re not too hard to find. Any number of travel sites or travel agents can help you find the right one for you.
- Save money on meals: A major expense during most vacations is dining out for every meal. Unless you have a kitchen in your hotel room or vacation rental, it will be tough to cook your own meals, but it is possible to reduce your food costs. For example, you can plan your meals ahead of time. Most restaurants have menus online, and Yelp can help by showing reviews and prices, too. Lunch prices can be a better deal at many restaurants, offering a way to experience a nice restaurant for less money. Seek out coupons and mid-week specials, too, and you will help cut back on your dining expenses.
- Talk to the Locals: You’re on vacation; why not meet new people? If you’re apprehensive about going up to random people, enlist the help of your social networks. Ask if there are people from the area you’re visiting to see where you can find good deals and less touristy attractions that often cost more.