This is a guest post by Ana Brady.
The older you get and the more people you become responsible for, the more complicated it gets to plan a vacation. You can’t just suddenly decide to fly or ride to a desired spot, book a room anywhere you feel like, and live on sandwiches for ten days. Not only that, but planning a vacation with your spouse becomes a stressful thing where you can’t even come to an agreement about the date of travel, let alone other specifics.
Planning a vacation really doesn’t need to be that much work. You just need to lay down some basic steps: how much money you are ready to spend on the whole trip, where you will go, where you will stay and eat, and what means of transportation you will use. Here are some helpful tips on how you can spend as little money as possible on vacation, and still have a good time. Just remember: it doesn’t need to be a luxurious arrangement in order to be fun.
- Avoid expensive hotels. Check out hostels online, or private houses. Depending on where you are traveling, you might find a really great private housing deal. Of course, prior to booking an apartment for rent, you need to get in touch with the owners and make sure that it’s 100% safe. Hostels, on the other hand, are becoming more popular for city sightseeing. You can start your research here: www.hostelworld.com.
- Make careful calculations of how much the transport will cost. Sometimes traveling by bus or car can be a lot of fun for a family, and much cheaper than airplane.
- If you’re traveling with small children, you can find amazing deals on all-inclusive arrangements. You should set aside a few hours for research and really check out all options. Sometimes cruiselines have great discounts on exotic cruises, scuba diving schools have their own programs that could turn out to be a cool way to spend some part of the summer, or you can just spend a quiet ten-day vacation in a mountain, away from city noise and rush.
- If you’re renting a place with a kitchen, you can bring some food with you. Of course, cooking during vacation is probably not a great idea, but you can pack anything canned you like to eat, and save on food that way. You can also bring bottles of wine or beer, and have fun drinking on the beach, instead of going to a bar where one glass could be more expensive than the whole bottle of alcohol.
- Try not to buy anything at your destination place, especially if it’s a popular tourist destination. Everything is much more expensive there, than in your stores back home. Make sure you’ve packed slippers, towels, goggles, sunglasses, bathing suits, toothbrushes, etc.
Planning a frugal vacation does not necessarily kill the fun. It actually often leads people to more creative and entertaining options, than what a fancy five-star hotel offers.
Author bio: Ana Brady enjoys writing about frugal and healthy lifestyles, nutrition, exercise, and her family. She writes for a project on medical labels.