Whenever we travel, we rarely stop to think about budget. It is important to budget for any trip. Your budget may affect everything you do on your vacation, and even where you go. In this article, we will offer some tips about where to go for a cost-effective vacation and also some advice on how to save money on your trip.
Many of us have a vacation idea set in our minds, and we will not budge on this travel decision – but it is important to know that certain tourist destinations cost more to vacation than others, and often there are cheaper, hidden options off the beaten path for those who travel on a tight budget. Some destinations include:
- Puerto Rico – this destination offers not-outrageous prices and a relaxing environment for travelers on any budget.
- Big Island, Hawaii – This tourist island offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re staying at Kona Seaside Hotel ($110 / night) or Four Seasons Hualalai ($795), you are bound to have a great time here.
- Sanibel / Captiva, Florida – These two islands offer excellent vacation options for everyone, whether on a budget or not. Even if you are a big spender, you won’t spend an excessive amount to travel here.
- St. Croix, Virgin Islands – You can spend $75 a night here, or $750. Cheap or expensive – it’s up to you.
The best part about these vacation spots is that if you live in the U.S, there’s no need to bring your passport or hassle your way through inbound customs. Now, we will look at some tips to make your travel life much less expensive:
- Don’t get caught up in the tourist trap: There are many spots outside of main tourist areas where the cost of a hotel, a drink, or a bite to eat is less expensive. If you go to these areas, you can see your destination as it really is – without all the tourist flair.
- Delay of Gratification: As you’re walking down the street at your vacation spot, don’t get caught up buying every souvenir or T-shirt. Don’t buy the whole menu at the restaurant – a little saving every day equals a lot of savings at the end of the week.
- Pack light: I learned this the hard way on a vacation to Thailand. Those bags may not seem that heavy when walking from the car to the airport terminal, but if you’re ever stuck walking from one hotel to another, those 50 pounds of luggage become an Olympic feat to carry.
- Know Your Exchange Rates AND Your Economy: I can’t stress this one enough – Ten dollars and ten Euro are NOT the same. And even when the exchange rates are similar, prices and levels of inflation are different in different areas.
- Don’t be ashamed to say ‘NO’ when someone offers you a souvenir, or anything for that matter – the fact that you are on vacation does not imply that you are rich and loaded with cash, nor does it imply that you have the desire to buy every trinket or food item offered to you.
We hope you have enjoyed our travel tips. May your travels be fun and fulfilling. Happy vacation!