Going on a Summer Vacation? Here's How You Can Save Money on Travel
Take advantage of your vacation days without emptying your bank account
If you're like most people, you've been saving up your vacation time for the summer. If you're a savvy consumer, maybe you've also been saving up your money for the same reason. If not, don't worry; summer travels don't have to break the bank.
Here are our tips for saving money while you're on vacation:
- Stay with a friend or rent
- Use those points
- Fly on a weekday
- Don't fly on holidays
- Do something different
High-quality hotels are expensive, and those of lower quality can be questionable on matters of hygiene and safety. If you're traveling to a popular locale or a city, stay with a friend close by or rent a place. Either one will save you money on lodging, and you may also save on food if you stay in and cook rather than eating out.
Have you been racking up credit card points? This is the perfect time to use them! Credit card points can be used to book rental cars, flights, and lodgings, all of which would otherwise take a large chunk out of your bank account.
People tend to fly on Friday and Sunday nights. Since these are such popular times, don't do it if you don't have to. Tickets cost less for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday flights, so try to catch one of those, if possible.
Summer sees three major holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Fourth of July. Everyone is stressed when traveling during these times, and high prices reflect their popularity among vacationers. Do yourself—and your wallet—a favor and stay home during these weekends.
Try taking your vacation when your destination is in its low season for tourists. Eat somewhere other than the tourist restaurants. Choose a small town over a bigger or more popular locale. Each of these will save you money and probably at least one headache, too; just do some research into the area before you go.
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