My family loves to travel! We’ve been to Puerto Rico, Miami, and the Gulf Islands just to name it. Tatiana loves staying in hotels and sightseeing in every destination, but in order to travel frequently as a family we have to stick to a very strict budget on every trip. When we’re about to travel, I make a very tight plan that must be followed to the T. Today, I’m sharing with you my top 5 tips for vacationing on a budget.
1. Plan ahead – The number one tip to vacationing on a budget is planning ahead. You have to know how much everything is going to cost, how long it will take to get there, etc. Poor planning leads to spending more money. Skyscanner.com is a great tool to use when you’re searching for the best deals on flights. When we’re planning our trips for the year, I use Sky Scanner to get the best deals on our flights because plane tickets for 3 aren’t always the cheapest.
2. Take public transportation – Public transportation isn’t always available but when it is be sure to take full advantage of it. Skip the expensive taxi cabs and Ubers. Public transportation such as buses and trains will save you hundreds of dollars on your trip. It may take you a little longer to get you to your destination but with proper planning you can save money and make it to your destination on time.
3. Buy snacks – This one is one of the most important tips, especially if you’re traveling with kids. I can’t tell you how many times Tatiana has asked for water and snacks in between meals when we’re on the road. Going to a local grocery store and buying snacks for when you’re out rather than stopping in convenience stores or the hotel lobby will save you money. When we’re on vacation, we usually grab a few boxes of snacks and a case of water. Then we divide the snacks into plastic ziploc bags and grab a few bottles of water to take with us when we’re out.
4. Leftovers will be your best friend – Is it just me or does food always taste better the second day? When we’re vacationing, we always seem to have leftovers from lunch or dinner. To save money, we take the leftovers back to our hotel room and store them in the fridge for a snack or another meal. Some hotels these days don’t include microwaves in the rooms anymore, but a quick call down to the front desk and you can get a microwave in your room to heat up those leftovers.
5. Take advantage of deals – I love a good deal and I’m not afraid to take advantage of a good one when I see it. When you’re about to go on vacation, scour sites like Groupon or Living Social or even Facebook for some great deals in the area you’re visiting. I’ve had luck finding deals for attractions and restaurants in the past which saved up to 50% on some trips.
What do you think about my top 5 tips for vacationing on a budget? Do you have any that work well for you?