Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Budget-Friendly Vacation Ideas


For some people, taking a vacation can be one of their biggest annual expenses. The cost of transportation, hotel rooms, food and entertainment can really add up when planning a trip. Here are some ideas to help you spend less the next time you plan your getaway.

An article by the U.S. News & World Report names Yosemite, Yellowstone, Nashville and Savannah as some possible vacation destinations that cost less than others. With the cost of air travel on the rise, consider taking a road trip to one of these less expensive destinations. If you do not need the extra space, try taking a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle on your trip. You can also use a mobile app like GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas prices while on the road.

If traveling with a larger family, consider camping or renting a cabin to cut down on lodging costs. It costs an average of $20 a night to stay at a campground. You can find national campsites at websites like reserveamerica.com.

If sleeping in the great outdoors isn’t for you, trying staying at a hotel a little further out than your destination. Staying on the outskirts of a big city and taking advantage of public transportation can help you save. You could also visit your destination in the off-season to find additional savings on hotel accommodations.

Spending a fortune on a nice meal out doesn’t have to happen while on vacation either. Visit restaurant.com to find discount gift certificates for restaurants in the city you are visiting. The website offers more than 50,000 discounted gift certificates each day. You could also consider renting a place with a kitchen during your vacation. Part of the attraction of being on vacation is freeing yourself from chores like cooking, but you can save a tremendous amount if you take a trip to the local grocery store and prepare a few selected meals while you’re away.

Michigan is also climbing the charts as a popular vacation destination. In fact, USA Today just named Saugatuck, Michigan as “Best Summer Weekend Escape.” An article on MLive.com mentioned that tourism brings $255 million to the small town of Saugatuck each year.

How much of your own state have you seen? Michigan is home to beautiful lakes, wineries, art, culture and many historic locations. Visit michigan.org to find a Michigan destination you haven’t been to yet.

Vacations are important to our physical and mental health. Even the shortest of getaways can help a person relax and refocus. You don’t need to spend a fortune or leave for an entire week to get the refreshing benefits from a vacation.

Have you saved money on a vacation? Post your tips and stories in the comments section below.


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