When summer hits, many kids are freed from school. Many workers are excited to get a week or two off of work. The summer vacation is just about as American as apple pie. Some people are concerned that the Great Recession made traveling outside one’s hometown an impossibility for the vast majority of Americans, but there are still several ways to make a vacation more affordable. Here are five.
Visit a Budget-friendly Destination
If you choose to go to one of the Disney theme parks that are situated around the globe, there is a good chance that it will cost an arm and a leg. In addition to the expense of admission, there is also the cost of lodging and food, and these will likely come at a premium. Why not go to a destination that doesn’t cost quite as much. Places like Chickasaw Country or one of the national parks in the Midwest can be great options that are more affordable for families who want a nice vacation.
Go During the Off-season
The week around the Fourth of July will always be one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year to go on vacation. Going the first week after school is out or the last week before school starts back can be great times to save a bit of money. Those who have no ties to the school calendar can also benefit from going at other times of the year. Low season in the Caribbean is October and November. Those going to Europe can frequently save during the spring. Many American beaches are cheaper in the spring and fall. Those who can visit at these times will do quite well.
Getting to many destinations quickly can require a plane ticket. Otherwise, a trip to Florida could take about a week in the car for someone from the West Coast. Airfare has gone up considerably over the past few years, and many airlines are now charging for checked luggage. One way to avoid this cost is through the use of a point-paying credit card that gives you frequent flyer miles. These miles can accumulate to the level of a free ticket. Of course, it’s very important to avoid paying interest on these cards because this will lead to more debt than the cost of the ticket.
Stay Close to Home
There are interesting places to see and activities to do in just about every part of the country. Whether it involves a few days visiting historical museums or some time at a local lake, many Americans can have a blast without paying hundreds in transportation costs. Also, camping at one of these sites can be a great way to save on lodging.
It’s never been easier to find a place to stay while on vacation. Travel websites like Orbitz and Expedia have made it very convenient to price airfare and lodging. Those who are browsing for the perfect lodgings can also see pictures and customer reviews from previous clients. This can help you save money while also avoiding the Roach Motel.
Going on vacation is great fun. Few people hate travel, and many Americans would take off if they did’nt think it was so expensive. While there is quite a bit of expense involved in taking a trip, those who are budget-conscious can still save money by following these tips.