March
19 - 2012

How to Save Money on Your Spring/Summer Vacation

This is the time of year when we start thinking about taking a spring or summer vacation. Unfortunately we don’t always have the budget to take the vacation we really want. Or do we?

If you want to save money and still have a great vacation, check out the following tips and advice. They could lead you to your best ever vacation – and it’ll be cheaper too.

Be open to visiting new places

Some destinations will always be more expensive than others. Typically speaking the most popular destinations will also have the highest price tags. So consider going off the beaten track and take a vacation somewhere different for a change.

You can save a lot and get an unusual vacation too. The same applies for different destinations in a country you normally visit. Staying off the tourist trail is also a great way to support local businesses and the local economy.

Go out of season

Most destinations around the world have a peak season; it might be mid-summer, winter or maybe late spring; either way – the upshot is that pretty much whenever you decide to go on vacation there is sure to be somewhere ideal that is out of season.

When you are looking at destinations check out when their high season is and make sure you avoid those places; this will make your accommodation cheaper and will also save you spending money whilst you are out there.

Consider the exchange rate

Sometimes spending a bit more on the travel can pay off if you go somewhere the currency is weaker – and hence cheaper. Wherever you consider, check out the foreign exchange rate before you book anything and get an idea of what you might spend whilst you are there. This is especially important if you are going self-catering!

Be prepared to snap up a last minute deal

If you can leave booking anything until the last minute and be open minded about where you go you can save a lot of money off the regular ticket prices. Sign up for email alerts and pop into your local travel agent to see what you can find. Most travel websites also have separate sections for late deals.

Cook for yourself a little

Hotels can be expensive; particularly the ones where meals are included. Try to look for accommodation where you can get a reduction for not having any meals.

You will want to be careful not to spend all the money you save on meals out, but if you cook for yourself at least a few times you can probably make a saving. Cooking a foreign cuisine is fun too!

Drive instead of fly

Flights are invariably incredibly expensive and they’re unlikely to get much cheaper either, they are also bad for the environment, and have a large carbon footprint.

So how about driving somewhere that is accessible by car instead? Work out the mileage and what it would cost in gas and you could find it’s far cheaper than you think, and you’ll be doing your bit for the ozone layer too. You can travel to plenty of delightful destinations in the US, or consider Canada if you’re pretty close to the border anyway.

Summary

It definitely pays to be open-minded when you’re looking at the idea of going on a cheaper spring or summer vacation. If you plan ahead and consider all the options available to you, you could save a lot of money this year and for every year to come.

About The Author

This post was written by Mark from currency converter.

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