Seven Easy Ways to Save Money on Vacation
It’s not impossible to save money and still have a good time on vacation. Trust me, I know this for a fact! I’ve compiled a list (from personal experience) of ways for you and your family to have a great time on your next little getaway, without breaking the bank. Here are seven easy ways to save money on vacation:
1. Discount web sites
Nowadays, there are tons of travel discount sites that offer discounted travel packages. You can book your airfare, hotel, and car rental, or any combination of the three. You can also even bid with your own price and may actually win. Next time you start planning, give it a try!
Editor’s note: Discount sites are great, but be sure to check the details regarding fees, upfront payments, cancellation policies and loyalty program points. Hilton offers a Best Rate Guarantee — if you find a published rate that’s lower than what’s available on Hilton.com, we’ll match it and give you an additional $50. (See the website for details.)
2. Be flexible
A lot of the websites like the ones above will have last-minute deals that are complete vacation packages which include airfare, car rental, and/or hotel at deeply discounted prices as low as 70% off! The only catch is you have to be pretty flexible because most often the trip would have to take place within the same week and the destination may not be exactly what you had in mind. But you can’t go wrong when there’s sun, sand and water involved, right?
3. Membership discount programs
There are several different membership discount programs, like a roadside assistance programs, that can be used for travel. Personally, I only have experience with AAA, and in my opinion, it has a wonderful “perks” program. We save a considerable amount of money, not only on our hotel stay, but also on our car rental, too! Just make sure that when you’re booking your hotel/car rental that you either mention your membership to the agent or look for that savings option online.
4. Hotel perks
Some hotels partner with nearby attractions. Depending on your hotel, you may be able to take advantage of some these savings. Some of these deals are advertised on the hotel’s website, the attraction’s website or both! It also doesn’t hurt to ask your concierge upon arrival for any attraction discounts that may not have been advertised.
If your hotel doesn’t offer complimentary breakfast, then get your family ready to head out for the day and grab breakfast from a local spot. This is a win-win because you’re likely to stumble upon a really good local favorite, and it’s even more likely that the cost savings will be substantial.
6. Public Transportation
Don’t shy away from taking public transportation to get around your destination. Taxis can be pretty expensive, no matter where you are. So even though you may not be familiar with your surroundings, look at it as part of an adventure. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids love taking the subway and riding the bus!
7. Go off-season
It’s no secret that everyone wants to travel during the summer, spring break, etc. So, you may want to consider traveling to your destination when it’s not peak season. My kids feel like they’ve hit the jackpot when they arrive to the amusement park and there are no lines! This is the way to go, because it’s a lot cheaper and places are way less crowded.
These are just a few ways that we try to save some money on our vacations, and I’m always looking for new ways. The more I learn, the more I’ll share. Stay tuned!
What are your best tips for easy ways to save money on vacation? Please share with us in the comments below!
Our Hilton Mom Voyage team members live throughout the U.S. and have traveled by air and car all over the world with their families!