Is there space on your winter calendar for a vacation, but price concerns are holding you back? They don’t have to if you follow these seven tips on planning a great winter vacation on a budget, starting with:
1) Consider a wide range of destination options
Most vacationers think about where they want to go, then shop around for rates. But if you keep your destination options open – and consider destinations far off the beaten track – you’re more likely to find better bargains.
2) Be flexible on travel dates and times
Adding flexibility to travel dates – and, if you’re flying, flight departure and arrival times – can also cut down tremendously on the cost of a vacation.
3) Study alternative routes to and from airports
You don’t always have to drive to and from airports if public transportation can take you there at a fraction of the price. Another frequently overlooked advantage to using public transportation to and from airports is that you can save substantially by using non-airport based car rental agencies that do not have to charge airport-related fees.
4) Keep your restaurant budget to a minimum
Even though you’re on vacation, you don’t have to spend a fortune dining out three times a day. Consider cutting down costs at least one meal a day by stocking your hotel room with basics like cereal, milk, bread, and deli meats.
5) Find out what the locals do for fun
While on vacation, some touristy attractions shouldn’t be avoided; if you’re in New York City, for instance, there’s nothing wrong in splurging for an elevator ride to the top of the Empire State building. That said, why not also get to know the people and culture of the place you’re visiting by asking locals what they do for fun? And if you’re too shy, local newspapers and magazines should also have some great suggestions for low-cost activities.
6) Consider a cruise
While the initial costs may seem daunting, cruises are frequently a great budget-conscious vacation option once you factor in room, board, travel costs, entertainment, and dining.
7) Choose your hotel room wisely
You don’t have to stay in a hotel at the center of town if lower-cost alternatives are only minutes away. Hotel suites with kitchens will also help you save substantially on dining costs.
We hope that at least one of our ideas sparks your fancy and leads you to a low-cost vacation that we know you deserve. And always remember that if you need cash now, and are either currently receiving or scheduled to receive payments from a structured settlement or annuity, you can call J.G. Wentworth anytime at 877-227-4713 to discuss your options.