How to Save Money on your Next Vacation

September 12, 2016
Jess

Most people like to travel, but by the time you pay for accommodation, flights, tours, travel insurance and more, it can cost a lot of money (especially if you’re taking the whole family).

Luckily, there are a few ways you can save money on your next vacation:

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Book Early

The early bird gets the worm when it comes to flights, and you’ll also avoid the stress of knowing that while flight prices could fall, there’s also a strong chance that they’ll increase. Different experts have different ideas about when the best time is to book flights, but most of the time you want to book at least 6-8 weeks out (especially if you’re travelling in a group).

Use Coupons

Have you heard of Apple Vacations? Neither had I, but it turns out that they offer vacations in a variety of different places, and you can use Groupon Coupons to get up to 1/2 price off the normal costings. Snapping up a deal can save you huge amounts of money, so be sure to see if any of these destinations are interesting to you or your family and have a 1/2 price vacation.

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Embrace Technology

There are so many apps that can make life easier when you’re travelling, and Scoutmob and Foursquare are just two examples, letting you know about one-off discounts while you travel. A great option is Happy Hour Finder which shows you all of the happy hours near you, lets you know what the deals are, when they’re available, and finding you cheap drinks along with free meals.

Uber works in many different countries around the world, and can save you money you would spend on a cab (check how much local cabs cost first), while TripIt keeps your whole vacation organised so you’re less likely to miss a flight.

Shop for Food

Eating out is one of the most expensive parts of travelling abroad, and if you have a family it can quickly add up. Head to the grocery store, and you’ll get to enjoy a local experience while getting the basics for breakfast and lunch such as sandwich ingredients, fruit, cereal and milk, and store them in your hotel or rented apartment. Many destinations will have incredible markets where you can pick up bread, cheese, meat, and local foods, so these are well worth a visit to stock up on delicious, cheap food and have more money for seeing the sights.

When you’re on vacation, it can be tempting to splurge, and you should definitely treat yourself and your family. There are however, many ways that you can save money without limiting yourselves, meaning you’ll be able to go on vacation more often and for longer- particularly if you choose an all-inclusive option like Apple Vacations. Spend some time thinking about your average budget for a vacation and consider how many ways you can bring this budget down- so you can go on vacation much sooner.

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