Being thrifty and going on vacations don’t usually mix because, well, vacations are expensive!
I have been on two out-of-country vacations throughout my adult life; both trips were to Cuba, a relatively inexpensive place to vacation.
But…This March, I have the opportunity to go to Florida at a very low cost, and I am ecstatic! This is my excited face:
One thing I can’t seem to shake, however, is this reoccurring thought: “how will I ever afford this?!” That’s why I have compiled a list of ways that you as a thrifty traveler can enjoy yourself to the fullest on vacation.
- I’m here to partay – Unless I’m going on a volunteer or work trip, my vacations usually consist of drinking. I don’t know about everyone else, but I find this to be a huge expense. My plan? Limit myself by purchasing one bottle of liquor and two bottles of wine. By doing this, I won’t spend money on drinks while out for dinner because I know my alcohol is patiently waiting for me at the resort.
- With alcohol out of way, let’s talk about food. I know what you’re thinking…No one likes to cook on vacation, but let’s face it, we’re trying to save money here! As long as you’re not eating at a restaurant more than once a day, you won’t break the bank. Set a budget of $30/day/person for food, depending on where you are. If you stay under budget, treat yourself to a fancy restaurant your last night there – everyone likes to feel like royalty sometimes!
- Transportation – This includes the flight to your destination and the vehicle you’re going to use to get around. Monitor travel deal websites and plan ahead. Sometimes buying early or buying last minute can save you a pretty penny, and being flexible with your dates and times can get you even more of a deal. Flight more expensive on a Saturday? Opt for the Sunday flight instead. Flight deals can also be combined with rental cars as a package deal. Check with your favourite travel website (like expedia.ca) and see what kind of package you can put together. We plan on renting a vehicle for the week and splitting it between the family.
- Pack lightly, and by this I mean skip the shopping and souvenir craze of traveling. Photos are priceless memories so save the money and the back-ache.
- Plan, plan, plan – I can’t stress this enough. Budget planning and entertainment planning will help ensure that you have enough funds to make the most of your trip, and that you will always have something exciting to do!
So the next time you think about going on vacation, turn your thoughts into a structured and affordable plan.