8 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Summer Vacation

Soon, your kids will be out of school and pestering you about that trip to Disney World you promised you’d take them on 4 years ago. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have enough money saved up to deliver this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a decent vacation and still have money left over for the Disney fund.

With a little research and some budget-savvy tips, you can have a fulfilling summer vacation while saving money. Listed below are 8 tricks that will have your wallet feeling full even after you return from your getaway.

Stock Up Before You Leave

Purchase sunscreen, snacks, batteries, and other supplies before you leave. That way, you can avoid paying more for the necessities. Be sure that you bring plenty of extra sunscreen and towels if you’re hitting a beach-town, because they tend to overcharge for beach provisions.

Hit The Road, Jack

With airline fees at an all-time high, many Americans are choosing summer vacation destinations that are within driving distance. Travel to a big city in a neighboring stateómost city-dwelling workers head to the beach or lake when they have time off. That means that hotel rates will plummet.

Stay Outside City Limits

Hotels can run you an exorbitant amount if you choose to stay within the city during a peak period; especially if there’s a festival or other attraction. Do your research and find a luxury hotel that’s just outside of city limits. If you know the city’s public transportation routes, you can save money getting in and out of town.

Utilize Public Transit

You may hesitate at the thought of using a foreign city’s public transportation system, but if you want to save money on traveling it’s a great option. Look into day passes so that you can get unlimited trips and don’t have to carry around change.

Study the routes on the transit website before you leave your hotel. Also, install a corresponding app that will give you arrival schedules in real-time. Vacations on a budget require an extra amount of dedication to saving money; don’t be afraid to cut corners.

Go Camping

America’s national parks are great summer destinations for families that are looking to disconnect for a while. Visit a park that doesn’t get a lot of tourist traffic: some parks are busier than others.

Yellowstone, for instance, gets millions of tourists from June to September. It set a visitor record of 975,000 visitors just in the month of July. Great Basin National Park, however, only has about 100,000 visitors per year. It’s located in Nevada and has the darkest night skies in the country, making it ideal for star-gazers.

Look For Deals, But Be Wary

If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always look for the catch. For example, you might stumble upon a cheap cruise package, but it will cost you an arm and a leg to get to the port. Instead of questioning the validity of coupons and ìcheap vacationî websites, simply ask for upgrades whenever you can.

Limit Eating Out

Bring as much food from home as you can. Also, hit the grocery store as soon as you check into your lodging. That way, you can limit your restaurant expenses to one meal per day. Buying food while out can end up costing a family a small fortune by the end of a vacation.