Summer is almost here, and many are planning a vacation for the family to enjoy. Disney trips and major road trips to see the sights of the United States are big choices but can come at an even bigger cost. There are ways to save money on any trip you decide to take this summer. I love finding discounts along a trip and here are some of my favorite ways to save.
Buy Tickets Early
Believe it or not, buying tickets to amusement parks and other major events you want to see or do can be bought cheaply if you buy them early. It does mean planning early and you can’t predict any future hurdles with your trip. Check the return policy on all tickets before you make that final decision. Tickets for travel, such as trains and buses, are best to be bought early. However, flights are a little trickier as they change often and not necessarily in your favor if you hit them early. A good rule of thumb is to buy them about 6 weeks out or earlier. Anything too close to the date could land you having to spend more than you want.
Gather The Family
If you want to save money on accommodations, it might be best to bundle up with family you haven’t seen in a while. Whether it’s a cabin in the woods or a beach rental house, you can save tons of money by splitting the cost with other family members. This is often a far better choice than staying in a hotel or motel because rental homes and cabins are more accommodating for larger groups than a hotel or motel. It can even become a family tradition to meet each other every summer at a different location.
Find Deals Online
Never underestimate the power of finding deals online. Sites like Groupon and Living Social are excellent choices to finding an excellent vacation package that can save you up to 50%. Many times, these sites offer their best deals during the winter when people aren’t necessarily thinking about a summer vacation. Don’t forget to check around for discount codes that can help you with extra savings.
Avoid The Weekend
Rather than doing any traveling on a weekend or planning a weekend vacation, focus on during the week. Flying is cheapest on Wednesday, tickets for trains and buses mid-week are far more affordable, and hotel stays can be significantly cheaper during the week. Most destinations are also bigger on the weekends. The exception to that rule are the larger amusement parks like Disney World or Universal Studios.
Keep An Eye Out For Other Events
Sometimes it is important to find out if there are major events at your desired destination during the time you want to go. You want to know if there will be a struggle for hotel accommodations or airline flights. It can also be helpful to know so that you can expect longer lines at parks, restaurants, and increased traffic to an area. Can it save you money? Maybe, but it will save you your sanity.