Ten Ways to Save Money on Vacation This Year

Last Updated on September 5, 2020 by Ellen Christian

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These ten ways to save money on vacation are something you should think about now – before the summer is here. If you start thinking about ten ways to save money on vacation a week before you want to go, you’ll have waited too long. My family and I don’t take a lot of vacations out of state but we love being able to take off for the day to visit vacation areas in Vermont. We don’t have a lot of money to spend when we take vacations and day trips so we try to make money saving choices whenever we can.  Some of the ten ways to save money on vacation I’ll share will work for day trips and others will work for vacations when you’ll be gone longer. Either way, you should find several that will help you keep your expenses under control.

Ten ways to save money on vacation

Ten ways to save money on vacation

  1. If you can, be flexible about when you travel. If you wanted to travel in June but flights are cheaper in August, switch to August if it fits in everyone’s schedule.
  2. Check prices on package deals. You may save money if you book a deal that includes your flight and your hotel. Even better, stay with family or friends in the area if you can.
  3. Travel light. There’s no sense paying to check an extra bag if you don’t have too. Cars get better fuel mileage when they are not weighed down as much.
  4. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional. If you’re driving, instead of staying at a hotel, check out the prices at a local campground and pack your tent.
  5. Bring your own food.  Pack a picnic lunch and your own snacks instead of hitting the drive through or purchasing snacks at the attraction you’re visiting. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle!
  6. Check out public transportation or walk.  You may not need to hail a taxi or rent a car if there is public transportation nearby.
  7. Check for discounts whether they are for military, students, or senior citizens. Certain member reward programs may offer discounts and rewards at different attractions as well. It’s always best to pay less when using this deal than none at all.
  8. Don’t waste your money on souvenirs. Ask yourself if you really need another key chain, bobble head doll, or stuffed animal before you buy them.
  9. Look for free attractions before you leave. Not all attractions charge you an entrance fee.   There are plenty of places you can tour for free. Save yourself the cost of admission when possible.
  10. Stay local when you can.  Instead of traveling out of the country, travel in the states. Instead of traveling out of state, stay in your own state and do day trips. There are always ways to scale back.

Instead of waiting until the last minute, start thinking about these ten ways to save money on vacation now.  Put a few dollars in a jar each week toward your expenses and by the time the summer rolls around, you’ll have a start on your expenses.  Have you tried any of the ten ways to save money on vacation that I listed?  Are there any that you do regularly that I’ve forgotten? Where will you be heading this summer?

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16 thoughts on “Ten Ways to Save Money on Vacation This Year”

  1. Yes, great tips! very true about the souvenirs, I usually pick only one in every place I visit, usually a fridge magnet since I use them so much. No trinkets that will otherwise get broken, lost, or just clutter up the place. 
  2. All great tips Ellen! I would add to sign up for all the airlines and travel sites newsletters. They often have special member only, last minute deals they send out in their emails. Ive found great deals just by opening the Jet Blue email everytime. 
    • That's a great idea too, Isra! We don't fly that often for personal reasons but I'm starting to fly more and more for business.
  3. We always bring snacks and sandwich stuff, coffee and cereal when we go on vacation. We generally eat out for dinner and that is all except the day we leave when we eat out for breakfast. We also like to travel in the off season. Not only does it save money, but there are also less people! Dawn
  4. One tip I learned about traveling at Christmas is to check flights at other cities within driving distance. A flight to Orlando from Flint or Detroit was half the price as the same flight from Buffalo. Love your list - I've done all of them at one time or another. I agree with Cecile - I research, research, research too. Hey, anticipation and planning is half the fun!  (And if you can get the same trip cheaper by using your tips, even more fun.  Suzie Ormond says we need to learn to have as much pleasure from saving money as we do from spending money so its a double-win when planning a low-cost holiday!)
  5. My number one tip for saving money is research, research, research!  I spend hours at the computer finding the best possible deals.  I love all your tips!

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