Seven Easy Ways To Make A Vacation On A Budget 

Seven Easy Ways To Make A Vacation On A Budget
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Relaxing on vacation is important, but it doesn’t mean you should overspend. Here are some travel hacks to help you receive the vacation you deserve while staying within your budget.

You’ve saved enough, taken your PTO, and are now enjoying some much-needed R&R on vacation. However, while you’re soaking in the sun and taking in the sights, you don’t want to overspend and end yourself in debt. If you worked hard to save for your trip, there’s no reason to blow it when you arrive, making life more stressful when you return—and you can still enjoy an Instagram-worthy vacation while traveling on a budget.

Furthermore, with travel rates projected to rise this summer, you’ll want to plan ahead and seek methods to economize after you arrive at your location. Here are some budget-friendly recommendations for a vacation that will be relaxing in more ways than one.

Before You Book, Make A Budget

Before you book your trip, make a budget for your vacation—flights and accommodations will most likely be the largest expenses. Go on a weekday (Monday thru Friday). Fly out on Saturday morning for a trip to the United States. Because of the reduced occupancy during the week, hotels normally have lower costs, and if you book for more than two nights, you may be able to receive a better rate and food and beverage discounts.

Carry A Prepaid Visa Or A Debit Card

For vacation spending, use a debit card or a prepaid Visa card. You’ll be more aware of how much money you have available. Keep a credit card on you for emergencies and a debit or prepaid card in your wallet for everything else.

It’s also a good idea to bring your debit card with you in case you need to make a cash withdrawal. It is advisable to save up to $200 for tips and other minor expenses. You might be able to earn certain reductions if you pay with cash rather than a credit card. Pay your service employees in cash so they don’t have to wait for their tip.

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Set A Daily Spending Limit 

Setting a daily limit, in addition to an overall budget, will help you stay within your means. Make a batch of envelopes with the dates of each vacation day written on the outside. Use only the cash or gift cards in the envelope for that day, and if there is any leftover, put it in the envelope for the next day. Breaking up your overall vacation budget and having a defined amount you can spend per day will make it easier to stick to and stay to it.

Use A Credit Card Designed For Travel

Travel credit cards, like cash and prepaid cards, have their advantages. While on vacation, you can earn benefits by using a travel credit card. According to Mason Miranda, a credit industry analyst at Credit Card Insider, “travel credit cards feature some of the finest benefits in the credit card market. Use these to save money and keep on track with your budget”.

Free travel insurance and reduced car rentals are common features of many travel credit cards. Look for a card that suits your holiday needs the best, whether you want to save money on travel or earn points when you spend money on entertainment or restaurants.

If you use a credit card, be sure you pay it off

Pay down your entire statement debt each month to avoid paying interest, which can cancel out any benefits you’ve earned. To help you stick to your budget, most credit cards feature online banking apps that you can use to check your spending or freeze your card if you go over your limit. Miranda claims that he and his wife check their credit cards once a day while on vacation to ensure that they stay within their budget.

Cook A Few Of Your Meals

When you’re on vacation, it’s natural to want to sample the local cuisine, but eating out frequently can rapidly add up and detract from other aspects of your trip. If you’re staying for a week or more, travel advisor Erica James of Nashville suggests looking for hotels with a kitchenette so you can prepare some quick meals in your room. Check to see whether the hotel you’re staying at has free breakfast, or carry leftovers from a restaurant back to your room to eat the next day.

Purchasing meals at the airport is extremely costly; bring a meal or snacks with you to avoid blowing your budget before you even begin your vacation.

B.Y.O.B.

Bring your own alcohol if you’re staying somewhere that isn’t all-inclusive. Sure, you can treat yourself to an expensive cocktail now and then, but according to James, “alcohol can become your biggest expense while on vacation.” Those miniature bottles of bourbon will fit easily in your carry-on and save you a lot of money.

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Spend Your Money On Experiences Rather Than Things

While it may be tempting to buy souvenirs for yourself and others, this can quickly deplete your budget. Spend your money on experiences and shoot a lot of photos and movies, which are both free and will last a long time.

It can be recommended to do one free activity and one paid activity per day so you do something fun and exciting each day while sticking to your budget. For example, if you’re going on a beach vacation, you can spend half the day laying on the beach and the other half taking a surf lesson or renting a jet ski. 

Sticking to a budget will ensure that you have a pleasant time both on vacation and after you return—nothing kills the vacation glow like discovering you overspent. Knowing exactly how much you have to spend each day and planning ahead of time which activities you want to undertake help to ensure you have the stress-free, enjoyable vacation you deserve.

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