Vacation is Far Too Important Not to Make the Most of It
4 Financial Tips To Keep Costs Low And Experiences High
by Meredith Morris
June 19, 2019 .3 min read
Bring on the sunshine! Summer is officially here and that just means vacation mode is in full effect.
Whether you're planning to travel across the world, go somewhere not too far from home or explore the wonders of your city with a staycation, the one thing all these types of trips have in common are expenses.
With that, we want to make sure that while you plan to take the time to get some real R&R, that you're doing the most by keeping your expenses low, so it doesn't end up stressing you out later.
Here are some of our financial tips to help you get the most out of your summer adventures:
1. BYOS: Bring Your Own Snacks
This is a great hack to save money on what adds up to be a lot more than a few dollars when all is said and done.
When you’re traveling, food can be costly!
If you’re going on a road trip, be sure to pack snacks that will carry you through your travel day. You can even bring a cooler with homemade food for that first day.
Although you can’t bring beverages through security, most airports don’t have an issue with snacks brought from home, especially if they have not been opened.
Once you arrive at your destination, you can find a local grocery store and get some items there that will reduce how much money you’re spending throughout your trip on food. Items like oatmeal, bananas, avocados, and granola bars are great to keep on hand, mainly because they don’t require a refrigerator!
2. Saving the Little Things
Checking a bag when you take a flight adds an extra expense on your trip.
If you’re going on your trip with friends or family, try to cut down the number of outfit options that you’re bringing. By doing so, you might be able to fit your clothes in one bag and ditch the cost of checking it. That’s a meal's worth of money saved, right there!
You can also reduce annoying costs like parking at the airport by opting for the economy lots and making a reservation ahead of time. It’s often cheaper if you plan ahead and reserve your spot. Also, economy lots are known to offer some parking coupons online, so don't forget to check those out!
If you’re taking a flight for your summer vaca, try downloading the app Hopper, which analyzes flight prices and notifies you when the best flight prices are available for you. With just one download, you could you be on your way to saving some extra cash, especially if you’re planning to purchase tickets for your whole family.
If you’re driving, you want to do what you can to get the cheapest gas prices. If you have a membership to a warehouse chain like Costco, BJ’s or Sam’s Club, you often can get a discount when you get gas at their establishment when you use your membership card. Take advantage of this!
4. Making the Most of Each Experience
Experiences like swimming with dolphins, going to amusement parks, or ziplining, can be very pricy. But there are ways that you can still enjoy these experiences without breaking your bank account.
If you have kids, check first for experiences that offer deals specifically for children. You might come across deals that allow free admission for children but on specific days or maybe they provide a discounted rate for children under a certain age. Either way, take advantage of any opportunities you come across to save some extra money.
Another helpful tip is spreading out your excursions. Instead of doing multiple tours in a day, spread them out over the time you're on vacation, giving you an activity to look forward to each day. You might also find that planning your activities during a weekday instead of a weekend could be cost-effective.
Wherever you plan to go this summer, whether it be across the world, a few hours from home or even right in your own city, make sure to keep expenses low. The last thing you need to do is worry about overspending while you're trying to get some rest. Be smart about your finances, plan, and budget so you can truly enjoy that refreshing margarita the waitress just brought over.
Meredith is a Philadelphia native with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Duquesne University and has worked in digital marketing for over seven years. She’s passionate about writing to women to help them feel more confident in their financial lives.