Travel Spending: Yet More Tips to Save Money on Vacation

We’re here again, the time of year people call vacation, holiday, or time off. Be it a few days or a few weeks, folks pack bags, stop the mail and head out on the road for a new adventure. Most of the times these quests are full of excitement and wonder. However, there are some vacations loaded down with dread and despair as funds for various accommodations and activities dwindle. This can cut a vacation short and make a young family quite miserable.

As we normally say, it doesn’t have to be this way. In addition to budgeting and planning, there are other ways to save money for holidays, even while on the trip itself. Here are a few things to look for that may keep the money going throughout a trip.

Groupon

The home for deep discounts isn’t just for department stores and restaurants. They also have a travel section that offers reduced rates for hotel rooms in various areas across the country and the world. Some of these discounts may fit into a vacation schedule while others fall during a region’s downtime. Best bet is to carefully read the guidelines before making a selection. Travelers should also contact the location in question to see if they are really working with Groupon.

RV Rental

This option seems to cost a good deal, but in the end it can save money. Yes, travelers may pay up to $1,000 for a week rental; however, this means they don’t end up spending the money on below par hotel rooms and poor restaurants. You stay and eat where you drive, and the rates at RV parks are much cheaper than some discount motel chains. How to make a decision on a RV rental will depend on where the travelers journey. Wide open spaces are much better for a RV than the streets of a bustling city.

Gift Cards for Dining

There are a few reason to obtain these cards before going on vacation. First, these cards have a set amount of money on them, meaning travelers can’t or shouldn’t go over the limit. Second, there’s a good chance the restaurant will be in the vicinity of wherever the young family stays, allowing for the younger, finicky eaters to enjoy a meal in a familiar environment. Of course, research should be done to make sure the restaurants are available before making a purchase. And stick with national chains instead of regional ones.

Eat Locally

We’ve probably mentioned this before but it bears duplication. Some of the best and least expensive food is not found in the touristy areas visited by throngs of people. It’s located off the beaten paths in locations only known by locals. Las Vegas is a perfect example of this type of environment. Sure, the restaurants along the Strip serve delicious food prepared by celebrity chefs but they charge a premium rate. Ask Vegas locals about dining locations and they’ll point you to places far from the glitz and glamour. The best part — asking locals for advice normally costs nothing.

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