• Tara Murphy

Great Ways to Save Money on Vacation

Updated: Jul 31

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Traveling doesn't have to break the bank, no matter where you go. You may still enjoy yourself on your trip without spending a lot of money if you make the right travel plan and put some money-saving tips into practice.


Here are my top tips for minimizing expenses while on vacation:

  1. Always pack your sunscreen and toiletries, as these things are usually expensive at your destinations.

  2. Never leave home without packing a few snacks and drinks! I always carry my go-to refillable water bottle for both the plane and the trip itself. Airport snacks are relatively pricey, just like meals and drinks in places close to popular tourist spots. Find some food stalls and night markets and pay a visit when tasting local delicacies. You can get the same meals and experience as those served in restaurants but much more affordably.

  3. When traveling with family or friends, rent an apartment or a rental property not too close to major tourist attraction areas instead of booking multiple hotel rooms. Getting an apartment for a vacation is more cost-effective than staying in a hotel. Apartments have kitchen areas where you can cook and prepare healthier meals while spending less compared to eating out more frequently. Of course, I love Airbnb, but you can try VRBO and others, too!

  4. Explore the city on foot. Walking around will not only help you become acquainted with your destination, but it will also save you money on transportation and expensive car rental deals. However, there are certain packages that let you to bundle a flight and a rental car at a discounted rate. Watch out for discount coupons and promotions.

  5. You can do a little research to look for free activities and free tourist attractions. HOT TIP: Check the Facebook community pages to see if there are free events going on in the area you’re visiting.

  6. It is not a good idea to overspend on expensive souvenirs. Buy gifts and souvenirs from local shops and flea markets rather than resorts, airports, or tourist spots.

  7. Don’t be ashamed to use discounts and promo codes! We are all aware that some people find it embarrassing and "cheap" to use coupons at restaurants, small local shops, travel books, and other venues, but it can definitely keep you from breaking your wallet during the trip.

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