Going on vacation can help you relax and recharge. Most working people find they are ready to get back into the swing of things with a renewed vigor after having a week or two of vacation time.
For families, vacations are a great way to make memories and spend time together. However, going on vacation can be really expensive. Use the following 6 tips to save money on your next vacation and make a getaway more of a reality.
Use Smartphone Apps
Download apps on your phone to find cheap food and entertainment at your destination. Apps like Foursquare and Scoutmob are the most popular, but they won’t help you find lesser-known places where deals are abundant and crowds are scarce.
For the best deals, try smaller free apps like Happy Hour Finder which lists happy hour deals near you.
Use Daily Deal Sites
Take advantage of Groupon, Living Social and the other daily deal sites. Look up the city you’re traveling to before you head out and grab some cheap deals. Not only will you score a bargain, you’ll also get a better idea of what there is to do in the area you’re headed to.
Skip the main tourist attractions and visit the smaller, lesser known places listed on the daily deal sites for an adventure minus the crowds and big bills.
Research Public Transportation
Research the public transportation systems ahead of time, print maps and plan your days in advance. Doing this little bit of work can not only save you time when you get to your destination, it’ll also save you money. Rather than spending cash on a cab, hop on the subway to get your destination faster and for a lot less money.
Most big cities have transportation near their airports and many hotels are located along commuter lines.
Use Restaurant.com Deals
Scour restaurant.com in advance of your visit. Check out some great local places to eat and then check restaurant.com for discount gift certificates. Just type in the zip code of the area you’re headed to and you’ll see a list of local eateries offering great deals. Make sure to read the fine print to make sure the certificate is good on the days you plan to be in town.
Check out your member perks for any services you belong to. If you’re a member of AAA, Bank of America or any other organization that gives discounts and perks, check out what’s available at your destination. For example, Bank of America offers free admission to partner museums on the first weekend of every month. That can really add up if you happen to be traveling at the right time.
Go grocery shopping, even on vacation. Eating out is expensive, so if your accommodations have a small fridge, you can pick up some easy-to-eat groceries like milk for cereal or sandwich ingredients. These small meals are good enough for a quick breakfast or lunch and can help cut your food budget in half.