6 Tips for Saving Money on a Summer Vacation

summer-vacation-beachSummer is approaching rather quickly. After all, we’re already enjoying some of this nice spring weather that’s upon us. Before you know it, you’ll be able to go outside in your bathing suit and soak up the sun. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely looking forward to that. Did you know that as many as 82% of Americans decide that they’re going to try and go on a vacation this summer? Well, it’s true, but a lot of them might not go, because they may find that a summer vacation just isn’t in the budget.

Below, I’m going to go over some tips that will help you save money on a summer vacation, so you’ll hopefully have the opportunity to go on one this year.

#1. Get Reservations

Often times, you’ll receive big discounts if you start planning your summer vacation in advance by making reservations. Hotels/motels will often offer up discounts for reservations in advance and if you plan on flying, you’ll be able to save hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars by booking your trip in advance. The longer you wait to schedule your flight, the more money you’ll have to pay out for tickets.

#2. Use Your Rewards Card

Now, it’s extremely rare that I suggest someone use their credit card, but if you have one and it has an excellent rewards program now is the time to use it. If you already have rewards points of airline miles on your credit card, you can now cash those points in and use them towards your vacation. I can’t tell you how many extra nights we’ve been able to stay on vacation, because I had so many rewards points built up.

#3. Get a Hotel/Motel Room with a Stove/Microwave

It’s very easy to blow through your budget by eating out when you’re on vacation. That’s why I highly suggest that you get a hotel/motel room that has a stove and/or microwave, so you can make some meals from your hotel room. That way, you’ll be able to avoid expensive restaurants. If you do eat out, you should get your food to go, so that way you’re not enticed to order appetizers, desserts, beverages, etc… Also, you won’t have to leave a tip.

#4. Take Advantage of Coupons

Every hotel/motel I’ve ever been to will have a coupon booklet somewhere in the lobby. I highly suggest you pick one of these books up, so you get all of the latest coupons on the attractions and entertainment in the area. I’ve saved some major cash with these booklets.

#5. Consider Driving to Your Destination

Driving takes a whole lot longer than flying, but depending on where you’re going, you may be able to save a ton of money by driving to your vacation destination. Plus, a road trip with the family can be pretty fun and you can see some really cool things along the way.

#6. Complimentary Breakfast

A lot of motels and hotels will offer a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Inquire as to when breakfast starts and ends. That way, you don’t have to pay for breakfast.

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