Happy summertime everybody! If you’re like me, you want to enjoy the summer and spend some well needed vacation time with family. But in the back of your mind…you know you should stick to a budget. If you are paying off debt or sticking to a strict monthly budget, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun summer! These are some tips you can use to save money on a fun family vacation this summer:
1. Plan Your Trips Ahead of Time
I’m working with a couple who is free to travel but needs to pay off their debt first. But that isn’t stopping them from planning for future travel and vacations. This couple is taking the next two years to conquer their debt and plan for their dream trip to Italy! Don’t feel like you have to plan that far in advance though. Planning can even mean taking the rest of this month to save for a trip in July or August. Start by:
- Putting away extra surprise income, fun money, or miscellaneous categories in your budget
- Pausing subscriptions for the month
- Eating more meals at home and cutting unnecessary spending
2. Book an Airbnb Instead of a Hotel
Airbnbs are the new way to travel! Through Airbnb, anyone can host travelers in apartments, homes, condos, or any kind of space. You can literally save hundreds of dollars a night by avoiding hotels. Through their affiliate program you can even offer discounts to future friends who sign up and earn up to a $30 credit for your next trip. Now that’s a deal!
3. Purchase Tickets Near a Holiday
Busch Gardens recently had a 40% off Memorial Day Sale. If you are on the email list for certain attractions you’d like to see (theme parks, tours, museums, etc.) many times they’ll inform you of holiday sales. Fourth of July is the next major holiday coming up. Subscribe to those emails and stay on the lookout!
4. Plan or Groceries if You Have a Long Trip
Eating out can get expensive. But I’m sure your family would rather splurge on enjoying the area than an overpriced meal. Go to a local grocery store and stock on breakfast and lunch items. You can still eat out, but just be smart about when and how often!
5. Set Up Price Alerts if You Plan on Flying
You might know about Google Alerts, but did you know that you could set ticket price alerts through Google as well? Through Google Flights, and other apps too such as Momondo or Skyscanner, you can track route ticket prices and receive alerts on when the price changes.
You can also check out KAYAK when searching for airline tickets. Their website tells you when tickets prices are predicted to go up, down, and the best time to purchase. If you’re planning for a trip, set up alerts at least a few weeks if not a month in advance so you can get the best roundtrip deals!
6. Check Out Free Things to Do or Purchase a Deal w/ Several Attraction Options
Depending on where you travel, some cities partner with CityPass to offer the greatest attractions in the area for a bundled discounted price. CityPass has already partnered with major cities like Atlanta, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, and Orlando just to name a few. For example, the Tampa Bay area City Pass includes:
- Busch Gardens
- The Florida Aquarium
- ZooTampa at Lowry Park
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- Museum of Science & Industry OR Chihuly Collection
With CityPass you can enjoy more of the area and put less strain on your wallet!
Need Help With Vacation Planning?
Your summer should be focused on spending time with family. But when you’re stressed about finances, it can be harder to enjoy a vacation. If you need someone to help you plan a budget friendly summer or need help coming up with a budget, call me for a free consultation! Let’s enjoy the summer together by being money-stress free 😊. Safe travels!