Vacationing on a budget [Infographic]
If work has calmed down enough for you to sneak away, don’t let money hold you back from going somewhere extravagant.
There are little ways to save in every step of the traveling process so that you can go to your dream destination.
Aside from travel and lodging, food is one of the largest expenses of a trip. Consider finding a hotel that offers complimentary breakfast. Although it might not be a four course meal, you are basically eating for free, and who wants to pass up a free meal? Also, consider packing lots of snacks so that if you find yourself hungry on the plane, you don't have to buy expensive airport food.
You will want to try the local cuisine. Food is one of the best parts of the trip. Try and opt for a fancy lunch instead of dinner. Restaurants usually have lunch menus that offer cheaper versions of the delicious dinner options. Plus, you won't have to fight dinner crowds.
When choosing where to stay, there are a couple things you should consider to save money. If you are staying at a hotel, choose properties that are less crowded. Try and do business hotels on the weekends and leisure hotels during the week.
If you are staying for an extended time, consider renting a cabin or condo. Check websites like Airbnb and VRBO for different choices from around the world.
If you are more daring and are looking to truly experience the culture, you might be a fit for couch surfing. The website couchsurfing.org is a growing community from around the world that offers their couches to world travelers.
Airfare is usually the largest spending point in most vacations. If you can, try and find alternative airports in the area. You could save hundreds of dollars by flying into a different, smaller airport. Look at the all the different options and find the one that best suits your needs. Also, try and be flexible on dates when you are making your flights. Some online booking sites offer a flexible date option to show the most economical choice. Utilize it.
If you are renting a car, try and do so off of the airport property. Rentals are usually less expensive when they aren't located at the airport. Plan ahead and travel smart.
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