Posted by Tim Stobbs on July 8, 2011
Some people approach their vacation as a license to spend money. So they don’t really pay attention to what they spend since they consider the same as getting off a diet and you can do what ever you want. I’ve never been able to do that, even when it’s ok to spend more I tend to still save somewhat. So often my vacations come under budget, yet still somehow I feel happy with the entire experience.
So how do you keep costs under control and still have fun? Well there are lot of different ways to do that, but here are a few ideas.
- Control your distance. The further you travel the higher your costs are going to be so consider why you need to travel far and what you want to do carefully. We tend to rotate vacations from close to home one year and father out another to keep the average cost reasonable.
- Watch where you sleep. Accommodations can suck up money very fast depending on where you stay. Yet if you never spend any time in the hotel room, why do you insist on sleeping in a really nice place? I personally tend to go for clean, decent bed and reasonable price most of the time when I travel. I also do splurge once in a while for a particular experience like the odd theme room or perhaps being really close to where we plan our activities to save on ground transportation costs.
- Skip eating out breakfast. We often just eat our morning breakfast in the hotel room since we aren’t big breakfast eaters. We tend to just eat muffins, toast, cereal and/or fruit. We do eat a ‘big’ breakfast once a week with eggs, pancakes or french toast. So we do eat that meal out, but save the cost on the rest of the week.
- Don’t assume free = crappy. Free events and attractions or activities can often be a lot of fun and get you to try out new things. Yes do spend money on those things you really want to do, but balance those off with a walking tour or hike as well or something else you like.
- Borrow Travel Guides from the library. I haven’t used travel guides much in the past, but gave it try when I was in Hawaii. I didn’t regret it as the guide helped us find lots of great places to eat in a range of prices and what was worth seeing. Best of all after we got back we just returned to book to our library. Or another option is to borrow a book from a friend if possible.
So how do you keep your vacations costs down and still have fun? Or what items do you think are worth spending money on?