Whether you’re heading to the beach for a week-long vacation or traveling through Australia on the trip of a lifetime, traveling in any form can be expensive. You’ve saved for months, sometimes years, to make sure you can take this vacation, so you don’t want to blow the money you saved so hard for in the first couple of days, leaving you unable to have the experience of a lifetime. In this blog post, you’ll find a few tips and ways to save money while traveling, so you and your family can have the time of your lives.
Take Advantage of Coupons and Rebates
You use coupons and take advantage of rebates when you’re at home for groceries and other items, don’t you? So why not take advantage of things like a Walgreens rebate and other retailers’ rebates during your travels? You’d be surprised at how much you can rack up while on the road, whether it’s having to replace your contact lenses or needing a new hairdryer, there are always coupons and rebates to take advantage of when traveling.
Don’t Buy too Much Just for the Trip
Everyone is guilty of going a little, okay a lot, overboard when it comes to buying things to take on the trip with you. Of course, there are travel essentials that you can’t avoid buying, but did you really need that $100 dress or six new pairs of flip-flops? Instead, make a list of everything you need for the trip. Once you’re done with the list, sit back and decide if the things on the list are must-haves or just things you’d like to bring along with you.
Pack Healthy Foods that are Instant
If your trip is going to take you two or three days, it’s going to be super tempting to stop at fast food joints along the way. While you do need to stop and eat, you need to eat healthily and you don’t need to stop for snacks and drinks if you take them with you. Food is a major expense for any trip, so pack healthy instant foods such as almonds, granola bars, and other nuts to snack on along the way.
Take Advantage of the Free Breakfast
It’s highly possible that you’ll need to stay in hotels along the way (if you’re driving) to your vacation spot. One way to save a ton of money is to take advantage of the free breakfast provided by many hotels. The food is hot and healthy, something to look forward to in the mornings for the entire family. If you’re going to be staying in your hotel for a couple of days, try to get accommodations with a kitchen. This way you can cook a few meals and save even more money to spend when you get to your vacation spot.
Camp Instead of Staying in Hotels Along the Way
If you love the great outdoors or have an RV, it’s worth it to avoid hotels and camp along the way to your destination. This saves you money in a number of ways. You don’t have to pay for an expensive hotel, you can cook over an open fire or in the RV’s small kitchen and you get to do activities such as fishing and hiking that don’t cost you a dime, or at least very little. If you’re looking to save money during your travels, then this is the perfect way to do it, and have fun at the same time.
These are just a few tips and ways that you can save money during your travels. You want to save all that you can to spend once you get to your vacation spot, not spend it all getting there.