Planning a Frugal Weekend Getaway
Peak vacation season is just around the corner, which means that families all across the country are going to be getting ready to take vacations. Summer vacations can be expensive, though, so many families are looking for ways to save money. There are a variety of methods which can be used to make your summer getaway a frugal one, and when combined, they truly make your vacation an incredibly inexpensive one on which you and your family can still have an unbelievable amount of fun. So if you want to plan an unforgettable vacation without having to spend an unforgettable amount of money, keep these tips in mind.
First of all, you should try to visit somewhere close to home. As tempting as it is to fly halfway around the world for your vacation, you’d be surprised by how many awesome places to visit there are in your specific state. Even if you want to get out of the state and visit somewhere with a different climate, you can still do that without having to leave the country. America has a little bit of everything as far as geography goes, so you could be on a white sandy beach, walking through a majestic redwood forest or cuddled up in a snowy mountain cabin without having to pay for passports and international airfare.
If you do decide to travel outside of the country or at least take a domestic flight, you need to make friends with the world of credit card bonuses. Many credit cards have programs that give you a certain amount of points for every dollar that you spend. Over a year, those points can add up to pay for part of a plane ticket or even a hotel room for a night. Other credit card bonuses give you discounts on restaurants or entertainment, so get well acquainted with the bonuses offered by your card provider.
Coupons are another excellent way to save money when traveling. With the development of the internet, you have a world of coupons right at your fingertips for a myriad of different airlines, hotel chains, restaurants, museums, tourist attractions and more. You should scour the internet for coupons related to the destination that you will be visiting until you have amassed a collection that will save you a significant amount of money on the trip. Try and find a coupon for every aspect of the trip, even including things like car rentals.
The final- and one of the most important- tips is to try and avoid eating out as much as possible. While eating out is often a necessary evil of vacationing, if you can manage to snag a hotel room with at least a microwave, you’d be surprised at how much you can save by eating in the hotel room vs. at a restaurant. At the very least, make sure to catch the continental breakfast at your hotel every morning before starting out your day.
If you follow all of these tips, you should find yourself on a vacation that is significantly cheaper than you would have originally thought. With all of those savings, you could afford to take a vacation every year or perhaps even more than once!