7 Tips to Help Stretch Your Vacation Dollars
Whether you're considering a handful of one-day adventures, a cross-country road trip or a seven-day cruise, vacation inevitably means spending your money.Make the most of your vacation by following these money-saving planning tips:
Book early. Get bargain rates and special offers when
you make arrangements well in advance. Reserve rental cars at least a
week ahead since the lowest rates usually require a few days’
Establish a budget. Figure out how much you’ll spend
(include a little for unexpected expenses) and start putting money
aside now. Avoid or limit credit interest by paying cash for some or
all of your vacation.
Go off-peak. Travel midweek or off-season to save
money and avoid crowds. Good deals usually go fast, so be ready to act
Ask for discounts. Lower prices on everything are
often available for senior citizens, automobile clubs and
special-interest groups. If you see an ad in a local paper advertising
a reduced rate, call and ask for the same discount.
Dial direct. Hotels often offer reduced rates when
occupancy is low. Call a chain hotel’s local number instead of the
toll-free reservation number.
Call late. The early morning hours are a great time to
get discounted airfares so call after midnight to book a flight.
- Tap into tourism. Call or visit the local tourism office or chamber of commerce. They’re often privy to special offers for hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Make you next vacation a great time – at a great price.