Money-Saving Tips for Summer Vacation
Book an air-and-hotel
package. Often times, booking a package, instead
of all of your travel arrangements separately can lead
to savings. Look for packages that include admission to
Pack light. Many
airlines are charging extra for travelers who check more
than one bag or have bags that exceed airline weight
BYOF (Bring your own
food). Many summer travel destinations have
parks or other scenic areas that make a perfect spot for
a picnic. Bringing your own food instead of eating out
can lead to savings. If you get a hotel with a
kitchenette, you can cook your own food. Some hotels
such as Residence Inn offer free grocery delivery, so
you can order your groceries and have them delivered.
Look for hotels with a
free continental breakfast or free evening appetizers.
Everybody loves a free meal. Getting a free breakfast
every morning can add up to big savings during weeklong
Rent a house.
For large families traveling together, renting a house
can be a cost savings measure compared to renting
several hotel rooms. Rental houses also offer kitchens
that allow families to avoid spending money on eating
out every day.
Stay with relatives.
This is an increasingly common trend, especially when
travel prices increase. Advantages include having a
friendly tour guide that can show you all the sites for
free, and avoiding eating out every day because of the
availability of a kitchen.
Be flexible in your
travel dates/times. Flying on off-peak days and
times such as Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays can
often times lead to savings in airfare. Also, if you
are taking a weekend trip consider flying out early on a
Saturday morning instead of a Friday night, which can
save you hotel costs and occasionally save airfare costs
destinations. Popular winter destinations such
are not as popular in the summer because of the extreme
heat. As a result, travelers can find often find summer
deals to these cities. They still have all the
attractions and they have air conditioning.
airports. Check the prices at airports that are
near your destination. Occasionally, deals can be found
when flying to an airport an hour away from your primary
destination. Compare the costs of flying to your
primary destination or renting a car at a secondary
airport and driving and hour to your primary
destination. There could be savings depending on the
Book as early as
possible. Booking early will give you more
travel options as popular hotels and flights fill up
fast. Booking early can also often times save you