Between gas prices, hotel, rental cars, restaurant bills and sightseeing, the annual family vacation can rack up a heft bill. Here are some tips to keep your family vacation affordable.
Use the apps. There are numerous iPhone and Android apps available that can help you plan your vacation on a budget. GasBuddy finds the cheapest gas around. ATMHunter allows you to avoid fees when withdrawing money. ScoutMob offers 50 percent-off deals for restaurants and salons in various tourist destinations, just to name a few. While the savings may only be a few dollars, it can add up over time.
Brown bag it. When you travel, pack snacks to save money when those mid-afternoon hunger pangs kick in. Bring brown bag lunches and have a picnic in the park. It will save you a significant sum of money.
Dine wisely. When you do eat out, do some research first. Many eateries will offer deals for children, or specials on certain nights. Researching these deals ahead of time can cut money on the dinner bill.
Souvenirs. Take your time when buying souvenirs. Many times they are impulse purchases (that neon keychain and random figurines cluttering your shelves?). Choose special mementos that you will either use or will be proud to display in your home. And selecting your souvenirs with care prevents you from impulse purchases and save you money.
Use public transit. If you are in a metropolitan area, use public transit. Not only will it help the kids learn to navigate public transit, it is significantly cheaper than a renting a car or hailing a cab.
Take free tours. There are a million different all-inclusive, customized travel packages- and for the convenience of having the details planned out for you comes with a hefty price tag. Many major cities offer free walking tours- and some museums and exhibits have free admission. It’s a great way to see a city and take in some culture for free.
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