Vacations do not have to be expensive, taking an inexpensive vacation is a great way to save $100 or more per year. Really vacations are time away from the everyday hustle and bustle and meant for family time. The important thing about vacations is who you are with and not where. Realistically you can save a lot more then $100 a year by ditching the fancy vacation and going low key. Many inexpensive vacation ideas are totally fun too, don’t assume a cheaper vacation means less fun. 🙂
Even though I don’t vacation as often as I would like to, I love to read articles from bloggers like Nomadic Matt, where they say you can travel in exotic countries for less than $30 a day. While that isn’t realistic for our entire family, it’s interesting to read because it reminds me of something very important: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Are you willing to do the research and put in the legwork to take an inexpensive vacation? These tips will help!
Inexpensive Vacation Ideas
Check Groupon. Before I go anywhere, I check Groupon in that city! Locals get the best deals… why shouldn’t you?
Discover affordable destinations. According to the Travel section of US News, affordable travel destinations include Yosemite, Yellowstone, Nashville, Seattle, and Chicago! Pick a city and start planning. I like to use Trip Advisor to find free and cheap local attractions in each city I visit.
Use a travel credit card. Make your money work for you! Use a travel credit card to gain thousands of frequent flier and hotel points. These can be redeemed for lots of things, including free hotel stays and flights in the future.
Travel off-season. If your vacation destination has its high season in the summer, visit in the winter. If it’s usually packed in the winter, visit in the spring or summer. For example, San Diego’s hotels can vary from $70 to $250 a night, depending on the season you visit. Yet San Diego is beautiful all year round! So, visit when it’s affordable, not when it’s popular.
Set up camp. If you visit national parks, entrance fees are only $15. Some state parks cost even less! Your only expenses for camping are traveling to and from the camp site, food while you’re camping and driving, and the entrance and camping fees to the park. If you have a gas efficient vehicle, you could camp in the next state over and spend just a few hundred bucks for your entire trip!
Stay close. If you live in Phoenix, you’re only about 6 hours away from San Diego. If you live in San Diego, you’re only about 8 hours from San Fran. From St. Louis, it’s only 6 hours to Chicago. If you are in northeast Pennsylvania you are just a few hours from the New Jersey shore, Philadelphia and New York City. Look at your city on the map, and draw a big circle around it. See which big cities are within or near that circle, and plan your next vacation!
Tour your own city/state. Many people live in St. Louis their entire lives and never visit the Arch or the Riverfront. Some live in Arizona but never visit the Grand Canyon! Look up tourist destinations as if you didn’t live in the state you live in, and go for a tour! This is obviously going to be the most inexpensive vacation because there is little to no travel involved. Sometimes, you can even get away with driving early in the morning and driving back late at night so you don’t have to get a hotel.
There are also some great ebooks that you can get that will help you with your planning
Where’s the most affordable destination you’ve been? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Everyday for the month of October we are sharing a different way to save money. Each of these ways can help you save over $100 each per year! See the rest of the 31 Ways to Save $100 or More Per Year posts here. Using these ways to, you can save $100 in 31 different ways and you have a savings of $3100.00 in a year (if not more!)!