It’s hard to believe that summer is already here, and I can’t be the only one to notice that everyone’s Facebook accounts are full of vacation pictures and all around summer fun.
If you feel left out or like you can’t afford a vacation this summer, think again. There are so many ways that you can cut costs so that you can have a nice relaxing time too without breaking the bank.
Below are a few ideas on how to do just that:
Try a Staycation
I know it sounds counter-intuitive, since a vacation is supposed to take you away from the chaos of daily life. However, think about all the cool sites and attractions right there in your own town. I’m sure your city has some museum exhibits, an old cemetery to explore, or a new restaurant or two. Take some time to soak in what’s right there in front of you without jet lag or hours in the car. My husband and I did this once when we lived in Richmond, Virginia, and we had so much fun. It really forced us to get out and soak in some new sights.
Travel With Friends
If you have a friend or two that you love hanging out with, go on a vacation with them! If you can rent a big beach house and split the cost with another couple, then it’s much less expensive for you. You can also travel in the same car with two friends and split the gas. Either way, the more people you bring, the more you save.
Rent a House
Whenever we travel with my husband’s family, we always rent a house with a kitchen because they love to cook. So, instead of paying for 10 people to eat dinner at a restaurant every night, we make a big pot of spaghetti or soup. Remember, it’s who you’re with on vacation that’s most important, not how much money you spend.
Keep Shopping to a Minimum
When people go on vacation, they always shop, shop, shop! Remember, you don’t have to bring back a ton of souvenirs. Just one simple item to remember the trip by is all you need. Even better, just take an awesome picture and buy a picture frame to put it in. It’s easy to underestimate how much we will spend on shopping while on vacation, but if you cut out that large expense, you can save hundreds off of your vacation budget.
I have a friend in Grenada who trades houses with people so that she can go on vacation. They come and enjoy the island, and she can go wherever she wants. It’s a great compromise. The last people who stayed in her house even took care of her dog!
So, if you can cut out the housing costs of your vacation, that’s probably the biggest expense. Then, by cooking meals inside and limiting your shopping, you can have a very affordable and memorable summer vacation.
What are some other ways that you can save on summer vacation?
**Lance’s Two Cents** A staycation is a great idea and even better for us personally since we live in a local tourist destination. We’ll have to add it to the list of “vacation ideas” for an extended weekend!