So you’ve purchased a vacation package, selected a beautiful property, and saved money doing it. But what about the trip itself? Read on to find out how to come home from your vacation with money left over.
Part of vacationing is sampling the local cuisine, but it’s also one of the more expensive aspects of a vacation. Try to cut costs where you can by packing coolers of water, snacks, lunch meat, etc. and plan to eat out only one meal a day. Your money will go much further, plus your choice of local restaurants will expand because you won’t be looking for “cheap eats” for every meal.
Beware Of The Daily “Vacation Budget”
Some people try to create a vacation budget for themselves. They say, “I’m only going to spend $20 a day.” Sounds good in theory, but when people plan their spending this way they usually only account for souvenirs and completely forget to plan for the things they will actually be doing on their vacation.
When day one ends, they return to their condo to find that they’ve paid for food, gas, activities, and the trinket they just had to have. Clearly, the sticker shock of the first day alone can blow the whole budget idea right out of the water.
Try structuring your vacation. Just because you’re going to a new place doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to plan where you’ll be, what you’ll be doing, and how much it will cost once you get there.
Say that you are visiting Virginia Beach and really want to go parasailing. Call ahead to the company and price check. Then set aside the funds you will need before you ever get there. If you’re working with a company that you trust make the reservations and payments ahead of time. It’s an easy way to keep track of exactly where your money is going.
Find A Welcome Center
Visitor and welcome centers often have discounts for booking activities through them or, at the very least, can point you in the right direction to plan your activities as cheaply as possible. They almost always have a collection of brochures for popular (and lesser known) tourist activities with coupons already inside them. Make a point to either call them before hand or stop in to see what options they can offer you.