Save Money on Your Next Vacation
Leave the stress at home as you enjoy new destinations.
Vacations are a great way to see the world, relax and just get away from it all. They’re not supposed to be stressful ways to go broke. With some careful planning, you can save on your next excursion.
- Travel in the offseason. Beach getaways are popular in the winter, but less expensive in the summer.
- If you fly, minimize baggage fees by using a carry-on bag and sharing checked luggage with a traveling companion.
- Avoid flying out on a Thursday or Friday, or flying back on a Sunday when flights tend to be more expensive.
- If your destination isn’t too far, consider driving. You can take whatever you want for luggage, snacks and meals. You can also enjoy the scenery along the way.
- Many cruise lines and tour operators lower their rates close to departure to fill empty rooms.
- For international travel, exchange rates are typically better when making purchases with a credit card.
- If traveling to a major city, consider staying in a nearby town where costs are lower.
- If traveling with another family, consider renting an apartment, condo or house instead of a hotel. In many cases, you’ll have more space and you can split the costs.
- If you want to try a cruise but aren’t sure where to go, consider a “repositioning” cruise. Ships need to take these one-way voyages in order to relocate for the season, and many book passengers at steep discounts.
- Taking a road trip? Check out American Family’s “Dreaming Of the Road” e-book about road tripping. It contains all kinds of fun, helpful and money-saving tips.