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If you are trying to plan a vacation, then you probably already know just how expensive it can be. The total cost can add up quickly when you try to budget for travel expenses, hotel accommodations, food, and spending money. The good news is that there are five ways you can take a vacation without breaking the bank. You just have to be a smart travel planner.
Choose a Roadtrip
First, choose a vacation destination that is within driving distance from your home. When you are trying to vacation on a budget, there is no need to pay for expensive airline tickets and have to rent a car when you get to your destination. You can use the money you would have spent on airline tickets to pay for your hotel room or for spending money on the trip.
Look for Variety
A second way to vacation without breaking the bank is to look for hotels or resorts that offer many different amenities. Then you won’t have to spend extra money trying to find things to do to keep you and your kids busy during the trip. For example, look for a resort that has an on-site water park, a kids’ activity area, and a basketball court to keep everyone entertained.
Avoid Eating Out
Third, dining out on vacation can be quite expensive. Go to the grocery store, and buy food to keep in your hotel room to eat for breakfast and lunch. Then you can eat dinner out in a restaurant. Paying for one meal a day versus three can save you a lot of money.
A fourth idea is to share your accommodations. For example, you may be able to rent a beach house with two other families and split the cost three ways. This could work out in your favor and keep you from going over your vacation budget.
Use the Right Credit Card
A final way to vacation without breaking the bank is to use your credit card to pay for some or all of your vacation expenses. You just have to be smart about how you do this. Ask yourself, “What are the best credit cards?” Do your research to find cards that allow you to choose how long you want to take to pay off your balance or that offer you a special deal for applying. Also, look for 0 APR credit cards, which will save you money in the long run over cards that charge a high APR.
While a vacation may be a bit more on the expensive side, there is ultimately no reason why you should avoid going on one. Every family needs a vacation, and they are ultimately good for your mental health. So instead of cutting your vacation altogether, simply find a few ways to go on the vacation you want at a lower price.
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