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Budget-Savvy Tips for Last-Minute Trips

Updated November 29, 2016 . AmFam Team

No matter what your budget, travel is always an option. Check out our penny-pinching tips for last-minute getaways and hit the road!

Whether you live for weekends away or constantly seek to satisfy your wanderlust on a grander scale with a trip abroad; travel is a dream shared by many. But it takes time, money, and resources to plan a trip, making last-minute getaways few and far between.

Fortunately, we’ve got some good news — it is possible to plan a spontaneous trip without breaking the bank! Just check out our penny pinching tips and hit the road:

Don’t wander far. While you may not have the means to jet-set off to an all-inclusive resort, odds are you can afford a stress free mini-vacation close to home. Do your research and see what your state or region has to offer — you might be surprised at some of the hidden gems nearby.

Consider the bus route. Another benefit to sticking close to home? No airfare! Find out where a Megabus can take you and travel on the cheap.

Turn to Twitter. This may surprise you, but Twitter is a prime place to find low fares on flights or last-minute discounts on vacation packages. Follow travel websites, airlines and hotels on Twitter and you might stumble onto some top-notch deals.

Go mid-week. Airfare and hotel prices tend to drop during the mid-week slump. So consider taking off for your next mini-vacation on a Tuesday or Wednesday. It’ll be a fun change of pace!

Cozy up in a rental. Why spend the big bucks on a hotel when you can rent a place from private owners for a lot less? Sites like Airbnb and Homeaway have been gaining a lot of steam lately, and for good reason. Look into this option and save some money on your spontaneous getaway.

Tour for less. City tours are a great way to experience new places, but they can be pricy. The good news is you’ve got options! Look into self-guided tours available online, or see if your destination offers free tours by foot — a pay-what-you-like option lead by seasoned, freelance tour guides.

Protect your property. Take some precautions to protect your property. If you’re a renter, renters insurance travels with you to help safeguard your personal property on the road. Contact your American Family agent (Opens in a new tab)to get renters insurance coverage before you travel.

No matter what your budget, travel is always an option. Keep these tips in your back pocket and embrace the spontaneous getaway! You deserve it.

This article is for informational purposes only and based on information that is widely available. This information does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal or financial advice. You should contact a professional for advice specific to your situation.

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