Vacations are a treasured family tradition. After working endless hours all year long, fighting morning and evening commutes and running back and forth to the kids’ enrichment activities, you definitely need a well-deserved break. Sharing new adventures and time outdoors is the perfect way to unwind and to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you sort through your vacation options and plan ahead, you can enjoy your special time away and have a wonderful time with your family. The following are three great ways to save money for your next vacation.
Pick the Best Times to Travel
When you choose to travel makes a big difference to cost. If you are flying, it’s best to fly midweek or very early in the morning or late at night. Off season discounts can be substantial so it may be worth pulling the kids out of school for a week and taking advantage of vacation openings during off-peak times. Crowds at theme park resorts also really thin out during shoulder times such May and September, so there could be substantial savings then. If you are planning a once in a lifetime trip and you want to go during peak time, you may need to be creative about how you pay for your adventure. For recent college graduates with student loans, one of the best ways to come up with new cash is to refinance your existing debt. When you refinance, you can substantially lower your monthly payment and save thousands over the course of the loan.
One of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors is to pack up your family and your gear and go camping. An instant cabin tent with room for the whole group can be purchased for just a little more than the cost of a hotel room for a single night. Add some camp chairs, a grill and some sleeping bags and you are just about set. Campsites are affordable and some have restrooms and showers too. After a day exploring the beautiful sights in the area, you’ll enjoy coming back to your camp and having dinner around the fire. Then it’s time to roast some smores and gaze heavenward as a blazing canopy of stars and constellations lights up the nighttime sky. Sounds like a dream, right? Camping is one of the best ways to make memories that last a lifetime without having to splash out on expensive hotels and resorts.
Split the Cost of Renting a Vacation Home
There are lots of choices available today when it comes to choosing a vacation home. Online services can show you all the listings in an area and highlight sleeping capacity and availability too. If you are looking for a great place to stay and want to save lots of money too, consider renting a beautiful place that will accommodate more than one family. By sharing your rental with some friends or another family, you will dramatically reduce your nightly rate and be able to afford a wonderful home with lots of great amenities and space. Some properties offer multiple decks, outdoor eating areas, stunning views and beautiful sunsets. With fully equipped kitchens, you’ll also save a lot of money on meals too.