Everyone loves a good vacation. It’s a chance to explore new places, build some lifelong memories and recharge your batteries. However, all of that exploring, building, and recharging usually comes with a pretty significant price. There’s no need to completely break the bank when it comes to vacationing, and with a little planning and smart traveling, you can save some money. Here are some tips for saving cash during your next vacation.
Checked baggage fees can quickly take a substantial bite out of your vacation budget. The easiest way to avoid those fees is to pack light so that you can fit everything into one carry-on bag. Try to book a hotel with laundry facilities so that you can pack fewer clothes. You’d be surprised how much room you save in your carry-on bag when you don’t have to pack an outfit for every day.
Be Smart When Buying Souvenirs
When it comes to buying souvenirs on your trip, the most important thing to remember is to shop around. Don’t buy something the first moment you see it. You may be able to find the same item for much less at a different location. After you’ve explored your destination a bit you can backtrack to the places that had the best “deals.”
Bring Snacks When You Fly
Food and drinks at the airport are expensive. Bring snacks with you to avoid hefty lunch tabs. When it comes to beverages, you can either bring your own refillable water bottle or wait until you get through security and buy the biggest bottle you can find so you’ll be set for the rest of your flight.
Speaking Of Snacks, Be Coffee-Smart
If you’re a coffee lover you’ll soon find just how expensive it can be to buy coffee every morning while you’re on vacation. Avoid the expense by investing in a small French Press. You can either bring your own beans with you on the trip or buy some from a local joint when you arrive at your destination. The initial investment will be cheaper than buying cups every morning in the long run.
Walk If You Can
You can avoid extra expenses by walking to all of your destinations while on vacation. Cab and public transportation fees can quickly add up. If some of your hot spots are too far to walk, consider renting a bicycle or scooter. It will likely still be cheaper than cab fare.