Only a few more weeks until school is out and that means summer vacations are just around the corner. If you are looking to get some fun in the sun this summer and don’t want to break the bank or rack up tons of credit card debt, here are some tips for making your summer vacation affordable:
Take a staycation— the idea came about over the recent recession years as more families simply could not afford to travel long distances for a vacation. Depending on where you live you can find many fun things to do locally like museums, amusement parks and even go camping in a nearby attraction.
Have a picnic— instead of eating at restaurants during your vacation, go to grocery stores and pack lunches. Even at a motel you can make sandwiches and other light meals by storing ingredients on ice in a cooler. You would be surprised how much you can save by avoiding restaurants.
Look for coupons— there are coupons and extra saving specials online all the time. Plan ahead and look for special packages, reduced rates and coupons for lodging, food and more. Sites like Groupon offer vacation deals all the time, and now is the time to claim those savings.
Drive don’t fly — the costs of airfare these days is more than half of the total price for a vacation in most situations. Driving instead of flying can save you easily a thousand dollars when you are only paying for the tanks of gas.
Travel with a group— many hotels and vacation packages are reduced at a group rate. If you have enough friends or family that want to vacation together you can get a good deal on your lodging and activity rates.