Winter is here and you may be dying to go somewhere with a little bit warmer weather. There are so many things I wish I could go outside and do, but I don’t want to freeze, either. So what better time to take a vacation somewhere with some serious sun? As much fun as vacations are, learning how to travel on a budget may seem impossible. It’s tough to travel on a budget, but there are so many things you do to make it a little bit easier. Here are some of our favorite go-to tips to help you travel on a budget.
Go Off Season
As difficult as it can be to wait, there are so many advantages to going on vacation during the off-season. Since it’s not the peak season, you’ll be more likely to have several options when it comes to lodging and flights. Not only is there more availability, but prices are significantly reduced. You’ll have more freedom with flights, hotels, and what you want to do while you’re there. Shorter lines and fewer crowds mean you can do more with the time you have! You might even be able to afford to go somewhere for a few more days or stay somewhere a little nicer.
Share a Suitcase
Plane tickets always seem to be one of the most expensive parts of traveling. Especially when you spend a few hundred dollars just to check a few bags! Instead, trade in that huge suitcase for a large carry-on for each person traveling. Try to fit as much in your carry-on as possible, but make sure it will still fit on the plane. Don’t forget about personal items, too! Whatever can’t fit in your carry-on, try to condense in one or two suitcases. Not only will you save money on baggage fees, but you won’t have a bunch of bulky suitcases to carry around.
I will never get used to the frustration of opening my suitcase and seeing shampoo and conditioner all over my clothes and shoes. No matter what I do differently, it seems to happen every single time we fly. So if possible, I use the toiletries provided in our room. If I’m not sure if toiletries are included, I try to bring a few basics that everyone can share. Sharing basics like body wash, shaving cream, and deodorant is a great way to make extra room in your suitcases.
If you’re planning on being out and about for most of the day, make sure you’re prepared! Especially if you have kiddos, it’s important to make sure you don’t waste money on over-priced snacks and water. Grab a few granola bars, some home-made snacks, and some bottled water and throw them in your bag for the day. Buying a few bottles of water for $5 each adds up quick. On the other hand, If there’s something specific near you that you can’t get back home, it’s okay to splurge!
Hotels are great and have always been the most reasonable option. But with the popularity of renting out apartments or homes, hotels may not be the best option if you’re traveling on a budget. It’s a great option to save some money on lodging, but you get additional advantages a hotel can’t offer, like a working kitchen! If you’re able to, try to cook a few meals. Not only can you save some money, but you also get to relax and spend personal time with your family.
As our families get older and the time spent together slowly starts to dwindle, it’s important to take every opportunity to make unforgettable memories. There’s always so much pressure when planning trips for your loved ones. But always remember – the journey can be just as much fun as the destination.
What are some of your favorite ways to travel on a budget? Let us know in the comments below!