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Don’t Get Tripped Up by Trip Expenses

Vacation season is here! Whether you’re dreaming of white-sand beaches, snow-capped mountains or attraction-packed cities, there’s one thing these destinations all have in common: they’ll cost you. But exactly how much money you spend on your trip depends largely on the choices you make during your travels. Give these ideas a try to spend less and save more:
  • Limit restaurant meals. Consider only going out to eat for dinner and buying your breakfasts and lunches at a local grocery store. (Be sure to take advantage of free breakfasts at your hotel if available.) Or, if you want to try as many restaurants as possible, split meals with your travel companion. Most restaurants serve huge portions anyway, so this could be a good way to cut costs and limit food waste.
  • Dress in layers. Even if you’re traveling to a place that’s known for warm weather, you should still have at least one long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt in your suitcase. After all, you never know when a cold snap could hit – and it would be a huge waste of money to have to buy a sweatshirt on your trip when you probably have plenty at home already. Consider bringing sunglasses, a hat and an umbrella from home as well, as these are additional items travelers often find themselves needing.
  • Don’t go to pricey attractions every single day. Sure, it’s fun to check out a few of the hotspots your destination has to offer, but try to spend at least a few days doing free or low-cost activities. You could go for a drive, read a book at the beach, window shop or even play board games at a local park – all for the low cost of nada.
  • Spend less on accommodations. This one can be a little tricky, because unless you’re backpacking or camping there’s a good chance you’re going to have to spend a good chunk of change on a hotel or rental. But spending less is possible. Consider planning your trip for an area where you have a friend or family member that would open their home to you. Or maybe spend one or two evenings at a fancy hotel, but then switch to a more budget-friendly option for the remainder of your trip.
Obviously, you don’t want to go overboard with saving and let it negatively impact the overall enjoyment of your hard-earned vacation. But keep in mind it is possible to have a fun-filled trip without completely abandoning your budget.