How to Stay within Your Budget on Vacation

Want to go on vacation, but afraid you won’t be able to stay within your tight budget? There are plenty of ways you can ensure you keep your money right where it belongs…in your pocket. First and foremost, think research, research, research.

Do your research before you ever step foot on a plane. Research flights to find the least expensive. Did you know that if you fly on the off-season, as opposed to the in-season that you can save a ton of cash? Avoid holidays too. Flights are always in higher demand during those times. The time of day or night you fly can also affect the cost of your flight.

Then research accommodations. If you will be traveling with your family or a group of friends, renting multiple hotel rooms can get expensive. Consider a condominium. Condos can also be more affordable. Instead of paying a per night rate, you pay a set fee with no hidden fees for parking, pool towels, etc. You also have access to a fully equipped kitchen, which can save you a bundle on meals.

Research activities. There are some great things to do that are absolutely free. In Central Florida for instance, Bandshell in Daytona Beach hosts free concerts all summer long; Disney’s Boardwalk, a recreation of a 1930s Atlantic coastal village, offers free street musicians, magicians and other performers; Universal CityWalk is a free part of the park with sidewalk attractions and free parking after 6pm. Black Hammock Adventures in Oviedo has free alligator and bird exhibits. The Daytona Flea Market, considered one of the five best markets in the country, is a great place to browse for inexpensive items and hosts a classic car show once a month. Walt Disney World’s monorail and water taxi are free, and there are numerous parks for hiking and picnics.

You’ll even want to research restaurants. If you have kids, it may interest you that there are some places where kids eat for free. And, if you just do your due diligence, you can find some great eateries that won’t break the bank!