With the Memorial Day weekend around the corner and summer break approaching, now is a good time to figure out the best ways to save money for any out of town trips.
Last year, American Express found that the total average for summer travel was $1,145 per person. With that sort of cost, it’s easy to see how many Americans turn to borrowing the money for a vacation or simply skipping family travel. Giving up your vacation doesn’t have to be the case, however. AmOne has put together a list of tips to help you save money before and during your vacation.
- Customer Loyalty Programs: If you’re not already a member of one, consider becoming a member of a rewards or loyalty program offered by your favorite retailer or even travel-related service like a hotel, car rental agency, or airline. Keep in mind that not every loyalty program is free from fees, so make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully.
- Promotional Codes: If you’re thinking of vacationing at a theme park, look for discount or promotional codes for attractions. Certain areas can offer competitive rates based on the number of parks, museums, exhibitions, and other forms of entertainment. Check out the location’s website before you go to take advantage of any savings.
- Coupons: Coupons aren’t just for grocery shopping. There are coupon books and websites available where you can find money off, buy-one-get-one, and other offers for things ranging from restaurants, products, car rentals, and more.
- Guidebooks Many guidebooks have listings of area attractions and restaurants with a price rating. Plan your trip ahead and look at where you want to visit and where you want to eat and use a guidebook to help you map out your route and create a budget.
- Last Minute Deals: Depending on your travel plans, it may actually save you money to wait until the last moment. Cruises and tours often see price drops the closer to the travel date you are.
- Time Of Week, Time Of Year: If possible, try to schedule your vacation during the off season. Prices are generally lower in the non-peak months. If you’re restricted to taking time off during certain months of the year, then look to booking air travel mid-week (if you’re flying). Mid-week prices are lower than the weekend.
- Freebies: Every location will offer some sort of free tour or have a county, state, or National Park in the nearby area. Look online to find activities like walking tours or historic places that are either free or will accept a small donation.
These are just some of the ways in which you can save money for vacation and during your vacation this year. Whether you spread your time off across several long weekends or are taking a two-week trip with your family, looking for deals and discounts in advance will help you keep to your budget and spend less.