When planning trips on a budget, it can be daunting fitting all of the pieces together. Between food, travel, and activities, costs add up quickly. However, there are plenty of ways to lower costs and still have a great trip or vacation. Here are my top 3 tips to help you plan trips on a budget, while still being able to have a great time!
Hotels and flights are expensive, but there are ways to save money and get better perks too. For flights, make sure you go “incognito mode” when looking for them. (Here’s how to go incognito.)
Those websites can track you and will inflate flights if you don’t book them right away. By going incognito mode, you won’t have to worry about an influx in pricing.
Also, don’t be afraid to compare websites and airlines! While you may prefer Delta, sometimes Southwest is running a better deal. You don’t have to have brand loyalty when it comes to finding a cheaper flight.
When it comes to accommodations, instead of a hotel try staying at an Airbnb if it’s more cost effective. If splitting the costs with family, friends, or a significant other, you’ll most likely get better perks (like a kitchen, private pool, etc) with an Airbnb than a hotel. Plus, it’s a little more cozy and private. A win-win situation for everyone!
Choose When To Eat Out
Eating out can cost you half of your travel budget if you aren’t careful. While it’s okay to eat out, especially when traveling to a new city or state, be mindful of how you’re doing it.
My favorite way to save on food costs is to choose one time a day where I eat out. So for example, on a 5-day trip, you may choose to eat out twice for breakfast, twice for lunch, and once for dinner during the entire stay. You can then choose the cafes and bistros you want to check out based on your schedule.
Once you’ve decided on the time of day you want to eat out, buy food that you can make in your hotel or Airbnb. With grocery pickup in multiple cities, all you’ll have to do is stop by and grab the food. Having food in your place will keep you from eating out so often, and keep more money in your pocket for trinkets and activities on your trip.
Find Free .99 Activities
Speaking of activities, mix and match what you do while on vacation! With almost every city, there is always something free going on.
Check the city’s website, look online at Yelp or Trip Advisor, and don’t forget to talk to the locals. Plus, places like parks, beaches, and even gardens are typically free. Or, you can decide to sit poolside one day while you read a good book. You’ll save money on driving or taking an Uber, and you’ll give yourself time to relax. Whatever you choose, you can always find something free to do.
See? It’s not hard to plan trips on a budget.
With a little creativity, some research on where you’re going, and a little willpower, it’s possible to have a good time without blowing your travel budget!
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