Vacations and quick weekends away can get expensive fast. It doesn’t have to always end up that way though. If you simply use this quick tip, you can cut a big chunk of money off of your weekend getaway or full blown vacation!
How To Save Money While Travelling
This tip may seem stupid, but if you really think about it, it has massive potential to save you money. Simply don’t eat out, or cut back on eating out, while you’re on vacation. I know that a lot of people love to eat out when they reach their destination.
We’ve been programmed to believe it is part of the vacation feel. Before you completely revolt, the occasional special meal at a nice restaurant on vacation isn’t what I’m talking about. I’m talking about eating out when you get in the car and drive or get on a flight and fly to your destination.
The best part about this tip is the bigger the family the more you save!
Your Dining Options For A Road Trip
If you are driving to your destination, stop by the grocery store before you leave for your trip. Instead of spending money on the typical restaurant experience, buy some items you can pack for lunches, dinners and some snacks for in between.
Most people just stop somewhere quick in the rush to get to wherever they are going. Your fast food options normally include McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King at most interstate exits and can be quick if appropriately staffed. That isn’t always the case and they aren’t very healthy either.
Gas stations are another option but they have very inflated prices and typically only carry snacks and lighter meal items. That doesn’t even factor in the cost of putting the horrible food into your body!
Packing your food is even faster than fast food or a gas station because you don’t have to stop at all! I always liked to pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with Pringles but you can pack deli meat sandwiches in a cooler if you prefer. For drinks I pick up a 24 pack of water bottles (the only time I buy bottled water) and a 12 pack of soda as well.
Again, the larger the family the more you stand to save. The best part is, I always have leftover drinks to enjoy once I’m at my vacation spot so I don’t have to pay the high prices from vending machines or local vendors. I get to save money twice with this trick!
Your Dining Options When You’re Flying
Things can be a bit more complicated in the airport but bringing along food and drink is still manageable. Airport food is very expensive and, unless you like overpriced food, is rarely worth it. You can easily pack some food in your carry on bag but drinks are a bit harder because of those pesky security guards.
There is a way to get around it. What I do is buy a 1.25 liter bottle of Coke Zero (my soft drink of choice) a week or so in advance. When I am done drinking it I keep the bottle. You can take empty bottles through security and the fill it up with the water fountain on the other side. Drinks at the airport cost at least double what they are anywhere else so I always bring an empty bottle.
Like I said before, once you reach your destination you’re free to eat out if it is part of the vacation plan. I like eating at beachfront restaurants when I’m going to beach. I try to stay away from the major chains because I can go to them at home and it is the same exact experience.
Vacations should be about experiences and memories. The car or plane ride is rarely one of them so next time you head out save some money by stopping by the grocery store before you go!
If you really want to save the maximum amount of money on your vacation and you’re not a big fan of dining out, you should book lodging with a kitchen. Simply stop by the grocery store on the way to your lodging destination and stock up on groceries to cook your meals at your vacation “home”!
Do you have a travel tip you’d like to share? What do you think about this idea? Let me know if you plan on trying it out!
Photo by: GoodNCrazy Text added by: Lance Cothern