Are you itching to get out of town but fearful of the cost of travel? Here are some great vacation ideas that won’t break the bank.
- Volunteer and Work Trips: Believe it or not there are actually ways to get a free vacation by volunteering or working while you travel. Most of these trips include food and accommodations, you only pay for your travel expenses to get to the destination.
- Save Your Money and Your Perks: Set up a vacation savings account so that you can save for your vacation all year round. Also, save your gift cards, credit card rewards, and frequent flyer miles to use towards your vacation.
- Ditch the Crowds: Take a vacation in the off-season, go right after the rates drop in the fall or right before they go up in the spring. Or, if you must vacation in the prime season, stay in a town nearby your destination to save money on your hotel.
- Online Deals: Search for deals on Groupon, Living Social, and Twitter. You can often find some really great vacation package deals, just make sure to read all of the fine print.
- Frugal Accommodations: While hotels are certainly alluring, why not travel to a place where you can stay with friends or family? If you are traveling with a large group, try renting a cabin or a house rather than purchasing a block of hotel rooms. If you have a house, you might also try house swapping. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, why not stay in a hostel?
- Buy Tickets Wisely: Use your student status to your advantage by looking at the exclusive deals on student universe and STA Travel. The best time to buy airline tickets is mid-week (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) about eight weeks out from your trip. If you can, be flexible on your travel dates, even shifting a day or two can save you a lot of money!
- Eat Light and Local: Make a simple lunch/breakfast in your hotel and just go out for dinner. If you have a kitchen, you could also have fun making your own dinner in. Avoid the tourist restaurants; eat where the locals eat. You will save money and experience more local flavor. If you want to go to some of the pricier restaurants, go for lunch instead of dinner.
- Take Advantage of Discount and Free Activities: Before you travel, check out the free activities and events available at your destination. Pick up a coupon book. Look for student discounts at museums, parks, and even restaurants. Many museums offer free times each week or month, plan your visit during one of those times if possible.
Don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself! While you can definitely save some money, it is ok to set a budget and let yourself splurge a bit. This is a vacation after all!
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