10 Great Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Summer Vacation

Managing your finances should include plans for leisurely activities.  On this post, we present ten great ideas on how you can prepare for a summer vacation without breaking your budget:

summer vacationPlan a group activity.

Instead of just planning a trip with your family, why not collaborate with friends so you don’t have to pay all travel expenses (accommodation, car rental, etc) on your own?  Sharing the costs is a smart way to minimize expenses if you want to go on a trip.

Save up early.

If you set aside a small portion of your salary each month for your summer vacation, travel expenses won’t be such a burden.  If you want to treat your family for a grand trip, you can plan ahead and start saving up early as well.

 Encourage participation.

If you have kids, encourage them to take part in your family’s summer vacation plan by contributing their own savings.  Not only will the contribution benefit the whole family, it is good way to teach kids about the value of budgeting and saving.

Look for promo packages.

Travel agencies usually offer promo tour packages especially during off-peak seasons as a way to improve their sales.  You might be able to enjoy a bigger discount or qualify for group rates if you can make an early reservation.

Work and play.

Consider volunteering half the time you’re on a trip to cut back the costs.  You can look for part time job opportunities at shelter homes or the local community organizations so you can earn while you’re enjoying the tour to your destination.

 Pay online.

Online travel agencies usually offer lower rates than regular agencies but you have to be prepared to make an early reservation.  See to it that you leave enough room in your credit card’s limit when you pay online.

Rent a house.

Instead of accommodating in a hotel, renting a transient house is a lot cheaper especially if you are travelling as a group.  Use the internet to find available transient houses that you can choose from and once you found a suitable one, contact the owner at least two weeks in advance.

Cook your own meals.

Eating at restaurants while on your travel can truly be expensive. How can you avoid these costs?  Rent a house with a kitchen and appliances that you can use so you can cook your own meals.  Get to know the market locations in the destination you plan to go so you can shop for food once you arrive.

Plan your itinerary ahead.

Use the internet to find tourist attractions that you plan to go.  Make a list of the sights or activities that you plan to do for the day.  This is a great way to save on gas and to make the most of your time while on vacation.

Save up for souvenirs.

Travelling is more fun if you can buy a few souvenir items from the place. Make sure that you set aside a separate budget for this and that you will not go beyond the amount you set.

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts

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