How to Save on Your Vacation
Everyone deserves break, but not every budget can afford it. If you’re looking ahead to summer fun and wondering how to make it happen, consider a few of these money-saving tips.
Go in the Low Season
Although they still have much to offer, some locations are less popular in the summer months, allowing you to beat the crowds and score big discounts on airfare and hotel stays.
Do some research to find your preferred low-season option. Ready to explore a new city? Brave the heat in perennial favorites like New Orleans or Miami. Planning a hike in the mountains? Take advantage of summer recreation in ski resort destinations like Park City, Utah, or Stowe, Vermont.
Find Cheap Flights
If you’re planning to fly, there are a few ways to save on airfare bookings. For the best prices on domestic flights, aim to make your booking one to three months before departure.
When booking, be as flexible as possible. An early morning weekday flight may not sound ideal but can cost significantly less than weekend flights. Likewise, non-stop flights are easier but indirect flights are cheaper. Evaluate the time and convenience factors versus cost savings.
Save on Meals
While on vacation, cut down on daily expenses with smart meal planning. Stock up on refreshments at the grocery store and carry snacks with you to avoid impulse purchases.
Consider keeping a cooler in the car for road trips, and booking accommodations that offer a fridge or even a full kitchen. With the option to prepare your own food, you can save on expensive restaurant meals and put that money toward more vacation fun.
Make It a Staycation
For an affordable and relaxing getaway, you may want to look no further than your own backyard. A staycation offers you and your family the chance to get reacquainted with local amenities while saving money.
Go camping at a state park, plan a day at the beach or pool, explore nearby museums or the zoo, book tickets to a show or ball game. Start with a few of these suggestions; then, brainstorm your own staycation ideas.
Tips to Help You Save
Do your finances still feel miles away from being vacation-ready? Make your trip a top priority by saving a little all year long. Web Branch can help make it easier:
Open a special savings account dedicated to saving for your vacation.
Web Branch How-to: Open your account online in minutes. Rename your account by going to the Account Details tab and clicking on the pencil to edit. (“Super Fun Family Vacation Fund,” perhaps?)
Set up automatic transfers from your checking account into your savings account.
Web Branch How-to: Select Transfers & Payments to set up recurring transfers. Choose from a range of frequencies including weekly, biweekly, bimonthly and more.
“Hide” your account to avoid any temptation to use funds for other purposes.
Web Branch How-to: Uncheck the Favorite Account box under the Account Details tab to keep your special savings account out of sight.