If you’re planning to take your family on vacation this year, you’re probably looking for some thrifty ideas to help stretch your hard earned money. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to make the most of your vacation fund and maximize the number of things you get to see and do. Being thrifty doesn’t have to be boring. Make a game of saving money with your family and you’ll have fun finding ways to vacation for less. The more thrifty you are, the more often you can take fun vacations with your family. Here are four easy ways you can save money on a vacation.
Eat Out Less
Eating takes up a large chunk of your vacation budget. Eating breakfast in your hotel or RV is a great way to save money while traveling. A simple bowl of cereal with milk and some shelf-stable fruits make a cheap, yet delicious breakfast. Most hotels have mini-fridges you can use to keep your milk cool, and buying generic cereal will save you even more money. Also, eating breakfast in saves time, so you’ll get to spend more of your day doing the things you want to do rather than satisfying your hunger.
Find Free Things To Do
Do research before you leave and find some inexpensive or free activities for your family. Check out a local museum at mid-day, stroll along a beach, or walk through a city taking photos of interesting sights. The options are unlimited and making a list of free or inexpensive things to do between your main activities will help keep your budget in check. The trick is to do your research ahead of time as most free or inexpensive activities aren’t well advertised.
Wash Clothes Rather Than Overpacking
Packing an excessive amount of clothing will cost you in airfare if your bags exceed the luggage limit. Try to limit the number of clothes you bring and instead pack a clothesline and some laundry detergent. Washing your clothes takes a little bit of time, but can usually be done before you go to bed, and by the time you wake up your clothes will be as good as new. You may be tempted to bring more clothing if you’re planning a road trip, but more clothes means more weight and more weight cuts down on your gas mileage meaning more fill ups on the way to your destination. Leaving some of your clothes at home may be less convenient, but it can save you money.
When choosing a vacation destination, opt for somewhere local rather than an exotic local. The farther away you go, the more expensive your vacation will be. Most people have beaches, resorts, campgrounds, and other types of tourist areas nearby. Even if you don’t think you live somewhere exciting, spend a weekend playing tourist in your own backyard and have a wonderful vacation for a fraction of the cost of traveling far away. As a bonus, you’ll get to sleep in your own bed at night, and save a lot of money on food and travel expenses.
Vacations don’t have to be expensive. With a little bit of planing and some research, you can plan a vacation on the cheap that your family won’t soon forget.