How to Vacation on a Budget

Being sensible with your money, saving for a rainy day, and sticking to a spending plan are all very good ways to live your life, but everyone needs a break every now and then. Even if your funds are limited you can save up the money for a trip, it’s always good to have something to look forward to. These are a few ways to make your hard saved cash go a little bit further.

Bag a bargain

With all the internet sites that promise you a great deal on holidays it should be pretty easy to shop around for a deal. Try getting your accommodation and travel separately and as a package; and if you can travel out of the more popular season you should be able to save a lot.

Go direct to the hotel

Rather than going through an agent try going directly to the accommodation that you want to stay in and talk to them, you may be able to negotiate a better rate, or get some extras thrown in.

Share the cost

Travelling with a group means you can get a villa or house which will generally work out cheaper than a hotel, and you’ll be able to fit extra people in if there’s a pull out bed which means the costs go down again. Accommodation with a kitchen also means you can cook for yourselves, much cheaper than eating out all the time

Get take out

Eating out all the time will make your holiday budget disappear really fast. If you have self catering accommodation then you have a kitchen to cook in, make the most of it; if you are with a group take it in turns to cook a big meal, much more fun than eating out all the time.

If you don’t have a kitchen then get take out some of the time, it’ll save you loads.

Hunt the freebies

Pretty much every holiday destination will have plenty of free activities to do, and things to see so do some research in advance, and ask about when you get there. You can have a great time hiking trails and playing on the beach, no need to spend a fortune on entertainment. If there is something that you really want to do that has a cost, try booking in advance, or grabbing a leaflet at the airport, you can usually get a discount this way

Make it a game

If you are travelling with friends you can create a little competition; see who can get the best discount for an attraction you want to visit, or who can make the bet meal for the least money. This can be a lot of fun, and as the whole aim is to save money you’ll be winning even if you lose.

If you have trouble sticking to your budget the split your budget in cash across an envelope for each day, and leave them safely in the safe. That way you won’t blow through your budget on the first day and spend the rest of your break delving in bins for food. A little bit of forward planning goes a long way.