How to Save Money on Summer Trips
With the summer holidays swiftly approaching, the smart vacation planner will be on the lookout for the best deals possible. There are numerous ways to save cash, ranging from packing lunches to going on non-holiday weekends. Here are a couple of suggestions.
Plan and Pack Your Meals
Going to a restaurant might seem like a good idea. The new cuisine and the convenience of not having to cook can be a nice change of pace. However, this treat can swiftly consume even the most frugal of holiday goer’s budget. The reason for this is markup. The restaurant must account for wages and resources used in preparation of the food. All of that, plus the profit margin, goes directly towards a higher bill.
If you are going on a day trip, pack a picnic basket. Doing so will enable you to simple utilize your normal food budget, and also customize your food in ways that most restaurants can’t.
Go During the Week
The weekend crowds are a headache for everyone. Accommodations are often booked well in advance, and those that are free are often charged a premium rate since there are so many looking for lodging. Additionally, most attractions in larger cities have fluctuating rates, in order to help keep their attractions from becoming too crowded at any given time. The best way to avoid this is to visit when there are fewer people. The middle of the week is perfect for this, since not that many families are willing to take vacation time now.
The week of a major holiday is always well booked, and those deals you see are discounts based upon a marked up rate. Do not fall for the gimmick, go the week before or the week after.
Remember, when there are crowds there are higher prices. This is due to business owners knowing that the more people are looking for a room, the more they are typically willing to spend. Save the money, and stay away from the holidays!
Check Chamber of Commerce
Often local businesses work together to offer discounts during the slower parts of the year. The reason for this is simple. A single business with a discount might bring in four or five new customers, but if the whole time chips in then there will be dozens, if not hundreds, of visitors.
Look online or call, often the people there will be delighted to help point you are the best values in town. When doing so, branch out to neighboring communities. You might find a special going on in a neighboring town that is worth a visit.
Planning a family vacation can be a delightful experience, if you make a game out of it. Timing is a major factor in this monumental task. Avoid the weekends, and holidays. Those two time periods often attract large crowds and higher prices.
Pack your own meals if the trips are short enough. This will help you save cash, and have healthier meals at the same time.
By looking at the Chamber of Commerce for the town, and neighboring communities, you will be able to find out special deals on popular attrac6tions, and potentially discover something new to visit. Remember – research is the key to saving cash and finding the best attractions possible.
A summer time trip can be truly relaxing, if a few moments are spent doing some research and planning before heading out the door. By keeping an eye on the calendar, you can save a great deal of time and enjoy the attractions without being overwhelmed by other tourists.