Whenever we see a travel brochure it’s typically full of photos of happy families, smiling and enjoying a beach, an amusement park or some other incredible destination. Unfortunately, taking a vacation can be a real challenge for many of us, given our busy lives and financial responsibilities. Many families don’t think they can even afford a fun trip. But there are ways to cut down on travel costs and still have a great family adventure. Here are five tips to help you vacation for less.
Take a Trip in the Off-Season
Consider taking a vacation at the beginning of the year or during the fall to avoid high tourism and high costs during the summer months and holidays. By staying flexible on travel dates you can save quite a bit of money.
Take a Short Trip
By planning shorter trips that are closer to home, your family can have a lot of fun, while saving on transportation costs. Traveling for a shorter duration will also cost a lot less overall because you’ll have fewer days to spend money, but make sure you structure your itinerary to get the most out of the trip.
Consider Budget Flights
Buying tickets on budget airlines, like Spirit or WOW Air, can save you big money on flights, as long as you’re willing to sacrifice some amenities and comfort. When booking a budget flight, timing is important. Budget airline prices will increase as the departure date gets closer. The best price is typically found three months before the flight. To monitor prices, set up an alert on flight cost monitoring sites.
Crash at a Friend’s Place
If you are looking to travel to a place where you know friends or family members, give them a call and ask if you can stay with them. Sure, there’s a risk they could say, “no,” but if they say “yes,” you’ll be able to cut out a significant portion of your travel expenses.
Rent a Place to Stay
If you don’t have any family and friends who will put you up, try exploring other options like rentals to help you save money on lodging costs. Renting out a house or condo will probably cost you significantly less than a hotel room or suite. Plus, a rental will often include multiple rooms, a kitchen, backyard, and other amenities you’ll appreciate on a family trip.