Planning a family vacation on a budget
Although summer is almost over, there is still time for a family vacation before school starts in September. And there are plenty of ways to have the vacation you and your family have been looking forward to all year without having to spend a fortune. Keeping cost down and energy high are the main goals as you pack up for an adventure. A number of items can help you save money and eliminate the stress associated with traditional plans.
Take advantage of the following tips to make the most of your money and your vacation.
1. Last-Minute Deals
Rather than being leery of deals, seek them out. Deal sites, as well as last-minute travel deals from travel providers and sites, can present significant savings. However, be sure to read the fine print. Many “deals” can come with certain stipulations, such as blackout dates and days of the week when it can be used. Yet, when it’s all said and done, that last-minute deal can be the ticket to considerable savings.
2. Plan for Meals
The compiled cost of fast food meals can be significant. Ditching these options can be one of the simplest ways to save. Thankfully, the solution is simple – bring healthy snacks and drinks along. This can be an easy way to avoid the overpriced treats at convenience stores and fast food places. Just think about the rising cost of theme park food.
3. Pay Attention to Your Car for Road Trips
If your family is headed out on the open road – with plenty of snacks, music, and car-based games, of course – spending some time with the car is a good idea.Proper maintenance can help prevent a costly and unfortunate detour to the mechanic or the gas station:
- Use a synthetic motor oil if driving greater distances
- Check and maintain all fluid levels
- Purchase an emergency roadside kit
Don’t neglect your car; doing so could compromise your ability to reach your destination safely.
This is the most important tip for saving money on a vacation – budget wisely for your trip and stick to your plan. Going somewhere and being surprised by the prices isn’t the way to a smooth vacation. You must systematically plan and budget accordingly. For older kids, giving them a set amount of spending money is a great way to avoid the case of the gimmies throughout the entire holiday. In reality, this is the way to keep everyone in check. After all, even the parents are tempted to spend more than they should on a vacation. The budget is the solution.
Guest Post: Grace Montana spent years traveling in Europe and now loves to write for travel magazines, blogs and forums. Her favorite history and food are found in Rome.