There are a lot of families that would love to travel more but don’t because of the cost. Here are some money-saving hacks to make travel more affordable for families.
- Get a Credit Card With Free Benefits
First thing, you need a credit card that rewards your everyday spending with airfare. Why not benefit from everyday spending?
- Go Off Season
Both airfare and lodging prices dramatically decrease during the off-season. Going to Disney or the beach in the winter costs a lot less than going during peak season.
- Have Flexible Dates
Typically the cheapest days to travel are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Most people have a week for a vacation. There’s no rule that your vacation week needs to run Sunday to Sunday.
- Check Nearby Airports
There are a lot of cities that have multiple airports or with close proximity to each other; booking a slight distance away can save you big bucks.
- Hotel Rewards
Enroll in a hotel rewards program. It’s free and just like the credit card, you earn points for hotel stays you are already taking that can accumulate into free stays.
- Check Your Lodging Options
You don’t have to stay in a hotel when you travel. It’s worth checking sites like Airbnb; where people rent out their own properties.
- Think Twice Before You Eat Out
This is a huge opportunity area to save money when traveling.
Theoretically, if you have accommodations with a kitchen, your food budget should stay the same as if you were at home. Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean that you have to eat out for every meal!
Obviously, if you are staying in a hotel without a kitchen space you are more limited. Pick hotels, which include breakfast. Almost all hotel rooms these days have a mini fridge. Utilize it and buy things for lunches and snacks.
- Buy tickets online and always check Groupon first.
Always check Groupon before buying tickets or booking an excursion.
I’ve also found that buying my tickets online is almost always cheaper.
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