Getting value may not be your first priority when planning a vacation, but it’s probably an important consideration. With some planning, you can have a great time and still avoid breaking your budget. Here are just a few tips to remember when planning your vacation:
- Plan ahead and book your transportation and accommodations well in advance. Early planning is essential especially for popular destinations, which are often booked months in advance.
- Shop around for airline fares. Advance purchase fares and other flight discounts can cut ticket prices in half, while flexibility in flight times helps avoid peak-hour fares. And when possible, travel off-season, and midweek, to take advantage of substantial values. Also try to cash in on the competition among airlines by keeping an eye on featured specials.
- Budget for your vacation spending. Putting aside money out of every paycheck is a painless way to pay for a vacation. It’s also a good way to start trip planning early.
- Consider travel packages that combine airfare lodging and admissions to local attractions. These “bundled” vacations usually offer substantial discounts to à la carte prices and are no longer confined to mainstream vacation destinations.
It’s easy to spend a lot of money on a vacation, but that guarantees neither a good time nor vacation value. With a little planning, you can have a great time and still avoid breaking your budget.