Summertime. The time of year for road trips to amusement parks, beaches, and foreign adventures. But what if you don’t have the money to go on vacation. Is there a way to vacation frugally? There are ways to go on a cheap vacation. Let me tell you how the frugal take a summer holiday!
We have a favorite motel that we like to go to in Maine. There is one room that we stay in every time, and it always seems to work out great for us. It has two twin beds for the boys and full size for us. It also has a kitchenette, which is a must. And it is steps from the beach.
I also love that itis privately owned by a super sweet couple and not a big company like Hilton or Mariott.
We have not been in a couple of years, so I am pretty excited to get back. Here are some great tips on how to go on a cheap vacation!
Go someplace within driving distance
More than likely, gas costs will be cheaper than airline tickets. Find a destination that you can drive to! I know people who drive to Disney in Florida from my town. That will take you a couple of days, but it still might be cheaper than gas and car rental! Our vacation trip will take us about 6 hours to get to!
Go in the offseason
Our hotel goes from $180 down to $155 on August 20 and then starting September 3, down to $85!!!! If you have children that are in school, this might be a little harder to do, but in NY, our school doesn’t start until after Labor Day, so the end of August is still an option. The weather is still charming in September, so if you can get away, then its the best time!
Get a room with a kitchen
I know, who wants to cook while on vacation. I know I sure don’t buy if you can make breakfast – (cereal, muffins, microwave egg sammies, juice, and coffee) and lunch (sandwiches, chips, salads, and fruit) then you can save $100 a day! We have a grocery store that we like to go to while we are there, but I also pack up the food we have here to take with us. Specifically, things that won’t spoil on the way like peanut butter, bread, snacks, coffee. We are even bringing a small one cup k-cup coffee maker with us and our mugs so we can have coffee in the morning.
Don’t go to the most expensive restaurants
We like to eat one nice dinner while we are out, but most nights, we will grab less costly options. There is one place that we love. It’s a food trailer that has excellent Lobster Rolls, and the chowder is incredible too!!
Jamie from Savory Saver has some great ideas on how to save at restaurants.
Go for family-owned
In the area of Maine that we are heading to, there are very few chain hotels, but the ones there are rent their rooms for over $20 more a night on the same dates. Sometimes, family-owned is better!!! Check into it, and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount if you are AAA, military, senior citizen, or even a teacher. You never know!
Take four steps back
If you don’t mind a longer walk or drive to the beach doesn’t matter to you; opt to stay a few blocks from the prime location. You will save more money and get a little exercise, also! For me, I want to be able to step outside my door, take ten steps, and feel the sand between my toes! If I am going to the ocean, it is a must! No compromising!
Pitch a tent
I know camping is not necessarily a vacation, but it is fun and a nice getaway from life. Plus, It is cheap! Camping equipment can be borrowed or rented, especially if it is your first time. I know some places will let you rent a camper. Many times, you can find camping equipment pretty inexpensively at garage sales and craigslist. State campsites with no electric or water hookups run from $8 to 35 per night. That is a pretty great price. There are some pretty great sites in the Adirondack Mountains of ours. We have a camper and enjoy camping! It is a lot of work, but the payoff is worth it!
Look For Deals
My friend Ilana over at Life Well Cruised writes about cruising (I bet you guessed that!) and she hs found some fantastic deals on cruises. Check out the blog for more info!
Is it worth it?
Don’t forget to save up for a trip. No matter whether you are trying for a camping weekend getaway or a cruise to the tropical islands, plan for it and save up all year. You will be able to enjoy it much more if you don’t have that credit card bill hanging over your head!