Vacations are fun but let’s be honest, they can be quite expensive. Depending on where you travel and how long you will vacation there, families can spend close to $3000 including transportation, food, souvenirs, tours, and hotel. But there’s hope. Whether big or small, start saving money for your next vacation with these tips!
- Enroll in a frequent stay program with your favorite hotel chain. For example, Hilton has the Hilton Honors program where you can collect points for every stay at a Hilton brand hotel. You can use these points later towards future stays and enjoy perks such as late check out, free snacks, or premium wi-fi. I’m a Hilton Honors silver member so my points values are high, and I get at least two free stays per year through the amount of points I collect. My favorite Hilton hotel is Embassy, where I enjoy a delicious free breakfast, afternoon social and the best comfortable 2 room suite.
- Travel to a nearby city and enjoy some of the local tourist attractions. Often we think our vacations have to be to some place exotic or some exclusive destination when there is so much to do and learn right in our own backyard. This year we are taking a two day trip to Helen, Georgia, a cute little quaint town located in the mountains of Georgia with good food, a good river for tubing and some relaxation.
- Plan one day adventures. You can take the family to a drive-in movie. How about visit the lake for a family picnic and games. There are so many adventures that you can do in one day whether you travel 5 or 50 miles outside of your city. And guess what, you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy them.
With these tips, you are bound to have a great time with your family or friends all while keeping some cha-ching $$$ in your pockets. Summer time is always a fun time to embark upon a new adventure. However, don’t forget about traveling during the off-peak seasons where places like the beach resorts offer super low rates and shopping at outlets and boutiques are so exciting.
What are your summer plans and how do you save money on travel? Leave us a comment and help someone else. Don’t forget to share & like.
Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!
P.S Many of the reward programs offer vacations at 60-80% off. Yes, you’ll have to watch a presentation and answer a million questions about buying a timeshare (do NOT buy one) BUT hey, who wouldn’t enjoy Disney for $165 for 3 days/2 nights. I know I did AND I received 5000 points for attending as well as some discounts on food and future travel. BAM!