*Disclosure* I understand that everyone travels differently. These tips are my strategy when I pick a place to travel to or visit. It’s helped me out tremendously* Feel free to share some of yours!
It is no surprise that I don’t have all the money in the world to travel, but I haven’t let that stop me in the past. I have taken a few vacations in my life, and loved every minute of those vacations. And now I want to share some of my strategies with you for Budget Friendly Travel
1) Pick out Pedestrian Friendly Places
By doing this you’re saving on transportation costs. No car to rent, no need to, and your go see places are all within walking distance.
2) Look for the Deals
Whether you’re scouring the newspaper for travel deals, or the hotels for even better deals, do it! Buy when the price is low, and affordable.
Also, often times cities have their annual City Pass deals where at one price you purchase this city pass and it gets you into some of the more famed museums and attractions the city has to offer.
3) Visit a Friend
How many of you have friends located out of state? How often do you get out visit them? If not enough, plan a visit. They’d love to see you, and it’s good for both of you. You for getting away from the place you reside, and for your friend because it may give them a new approach to the place they live in. And it always ends in lasting memories. And who knows, they may even let you stay with them which saves on the accommodations 😉
4) Make it a StayCation
We all have a list of places we want to check out in our city. On a weekend you’re wanting to get out and about pull out your list and pick something at random. It’s a day out on the town in the city you may forget to give a second glance from time to time.
5) Cut the cost on the Hotel
Some people won’t agree with me on this, but lets think about this. When you go on vacation how often are you in your hotel room? For me, I usually go there to have breakfast and to sleep. As long as the hotel has a bed, a bathroom, and offers free breakfast it’s enough for me.
Don’t get me wrong, every now and again, it’s nice to stay at a really nice, extravagant hotel to go all out on, and it’s totally okay to do once in awhile.
But another key point when looking for hotels is look for newly open hotels, sometimes they have really good prices and deals because they’re not as well known yet. I did this with a hotel in Orlando, Florida, and it was one of the nicest hotel stays I’d ever had!
6) Go Camping!
Some of the most affordable accommodations are at campsites! So go camping and make it an adventure as you travel. I know on our cross country road trip from Minnesota to California, we skipped the hotels and stayed at campsites the entire way. And it was such a blast. Sleeping in that tent at night looking up at the stars in the Colorado mountains was heavenly.
7) Hit the Cities around your State
Instead of flying across the country for a major vacation, think locally. Have you been to San Diego? Las Vegas? Places in Arizona or Utah? Or even San Francisco? If not, make it a weekend getaway. Just getting away from home will rejuvenate you in a way you’ve needed. And these are some pretty awesome places.
For those elsewhere think of the surrounding areas around you. Is there a place within 4 to 6 hours that you’ve always wanted to visit? DO IT!! You won’t regret it.
8) Go on a Cruise
These cruises especially around the months of February and March offer affordable deals, and the best part is: food and accommodation are all apart of the deal. And you get to stop at different ports along the way and see a few places you might not have otherwise.
Some people don’t like cruises because they feel too rushed at a Port stop, but it’s a great way to visit a variety of places in one excursion.
9) Rent a Motor Home
Who doesn’t love a good road trip? But think of it this way, a road trip that has the avail of food and accommodation all in one place??? Oh yea, that’s definitely the way to do it. Just do your research and look to where you can park the motor home at night. The cost may get hefty on that end.
10) Travel on the Actual Holiday.
A lot of times the crowds at the airport are before or after the holidays, but the actual holiday the airports aren’t as hectic. 4th of July had a ton of travel deals each year, so look into those.
The only holidays I wouldn’t recommend travelling around are Thanksgiving and the end of December 😉
11) Use your Tax Refund
Put that tax refund to good use by planning a vacation. Every year I don’t anticipate getting anything back from the government, so when I do, it’s a nice surprise and it’s used for something I’ve been saving up for or a vacation getaway!
Anyway, just some insight into travel suggestions for getting your family out and about this upcoming year. Summer’s right around the corner, start planning those vacations today =)