It’s time for vacation! Whether your plans call for a quick getaway with friends over a long weekend or a fun-filled family snowboarding trip closer to home, there are some simple things you can do to get the most bang from your travel buck, according to travel experts.
Drive, don’t fly.
If time and destination allow, load up the car instead of flying the friendly skies. This can work well for large groups and helps create lasting memories of your vacation as you encounter various roadside oddities—not to mention, you can bring a full-sized bottle of shampoo.
Every vacation venue, even the high-end ones, has competitors. It’s possible to get a better rate if you investigate your options.
Use online travel sites to track down deals.
Then, get on the phone and play one against the other. You might be able to get a discount.
When flying, be flexible.
If you can change your arrival and/or departure date by a day or two, or fly at a different hour, you can sometimes save a lot of money.
Leverage your credit card rewards.
If you have a credit card with frequent flier miles, check the terms. For example, some cards let you use your points to book with any airline.
Go off the beaten path for meals.
Want to have a memorable and budget-friendly vacation? Venture outside the hotel dining room and away from the trendy restaurants. Find out where the locals eat, and dine there. That overlooked hole in the wall could serve the best tacos you’ve ever tasted.
Look for hotels that include breakfast.
If your hotel includes breakfast in the room rate, not only will you save money, but you’ll also get your vacation day off to a great start with coffee and a good meal.
Do your homework.
If you’re traveling to a new place, do some research and learn how to maximize your time and dollar. Find out about free and discounted attractions and venues that offer special pricing for children, students or military.