Low-Cost Travel Tips
You work hard to keep yourself and your family on a schedule, but breaking away from the everyday routine can do wonders for the soul. Vacation is great way to make memories and get out of a rut. And the best part is – with a little creativity – you can enjoy the adventure without breaking the bank.
Timing is everything
The price of travel is directly related to demand: When attractions and locales are more popular, you pay more. So, one effective way to save money is to plan travel for off-peak times. A good example might be a ski resort—in the winter it’s high season, and in the summer there are lots of activities like golf, hiking, horseback riding, etc. But if you go in what’s called “shoulder season,” (fall and spring) you can still enjoy most outdoor activities and get much better deals.
What about New York City in January? Chicago in February? Mexico in the heat of summer? Do your research to find out what the off-season is for your destination because it may differ based on hemisphere and local events. Explore options that might require you to arrive mid-week vs. on a Friday or Saturday when most people check-in to their destination to save on rooms and airfare.
Camping is cool
In a world bombarded by technology, research is showing that simply being in nature can make you happier, less stressed, and more creative. Camping is one of the most economical ways to bond with family and friends while getting back in touch with the natural flow of life. A typical campsite costs about $29 per night but there are often options that are cheaper or free.
Of course, there’s the initial investment in equipment to consider, but after the first camping trip you only have to deal with costs for transportation, food, and entrance fees. The more you go camping the cheaper it gets. Plus, it’s neat to show kids that they don’t have to be plugged in to have fun. Instill in them a love of nature that will serve them (and you) for the rest of their lives.
No matter where you live, there are unexplored areas of your city or town just waiting to be discovered. Get information from your area’s convention and visitors bureau and don’t forget that in smaller towns the local Chamber of Commerce may be the source. Explore a park you’ve never visited. Check out a museum, or see a concert or local play. Dine at a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. Make a list of local activities, events, and attractions you would like to do and keep adding to it (and checking off items) throughout the year.
With a little creativity, some fun ways to save, and an adventuring mindset, a great vacation is within reach. There are tons of travel tips on the web. Do your research—take advantage of early bird pricing or last-minute deals. Or, just be spontaneous and spend time outside. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t cost a lot to make terrific memories. And if you need to plan for something bigger, let us know. We’ve got some great ways to help you save for whatever you can dream up.