If you would like to make this year’s family vacation memorable, and have a limited budget, it might be time to think in a creative way. Instead of choosing the popular destinations and getting caught up in tourist traps, you can stretch your vacation budget and make the most out of your time anywhere. Below you will find a few ways of making this year’s the best vacation without overspending.
Stay at Friends’ Places
One of the best ways of saving money on accommodation is asking your friends to rent out their vacation home or villa. If they happen to have an empty room or two, you will be able to save a lot of money, even if you pay them a nominal fee. You will feel more at home and get first hand information on the local attractions as well as practical tips, such as getting around.
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If you want to explore a new place and don’t want to pay for it, you can find a home swap vacation through the internet. Make sure that you choose a site that checks the hosts and makes agreements legally binding, or you might come home for a surprise coming home. Still, you and your exchange partner will both benefit, especially if you live in a large city with loads of attractions. If you simply want to cover the cost of your vacation, you might also sign up for airbnb and get paid while you are away.
Instead of just going on booking sites and travel agents, you will also have to do your research on coupon and discount sites. This will help you find great deals on attractions, city guides, and everything you need to make the most out of your vacation. Find cheap flights and accommodation by planning ahead and staying flexible with the dates.
Travel In Large Groups and Rent a Villa
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If you would like to spread the cost of travel and still stay in comfort, you might team up with your friends who also have kids. The larger the villa you rent is the better the price per person will work out. You can even save on transfer by hiring a minivan at your destination and see more of the place. If you would like to vacation with a difference, you should certainly try hiring a villa.
Plan Your Own Road Trip
To see more in less time, you can also plan a road trip planning your itinerary to include some of the cities and towns you always wanted to visit. Hire an RV or go camping and you will cover a larger area, see more, and have more fun during your vacation.
With summer vacation prices going up every year, it is a good idea to try to cut back on your spending by opting for alternative ways of travel. Go on a road trip, rent a villa, or get an RV, and you will make this year’s vacation memorable for less.
*This is a contributed post.