You may be on a tight budget but don’t let that stop you from going on a vacation. Here is a guide to planning a budget trip without spending too much and still getting the vacation you’ve been planning.
Plan ahead Do some research beforehand and find out options for accommodation, sightseeing, and the duration of the trip. Planning ahead will give you the time to go into little details and find out the best budget options. You will also have the time to ask your friends or family about any cost-saving tips that they tried on vacations.
Get a travel agent for some advice
Usually, travel agents can get you good deals on hotels, car rentals, and any camping equipment, etc that you may need on your trip. They will be able to help you plan out your trip from start to finish. You could also use the Internet to look for bargains and deals on hotels and airfares.
Choose a destination based on budget
Popular tourist spots are usually booked in advance so the prices of hotels etc. At such places are usually higher. Beaches are a good option as you don’t need to spend too much on sightseeing and other activities. National parks are also a good budget option as accommodation is usually cheaper here. Most tourist attractions are usually not a good idea on a budget as everything from food to hotels is more expensive than at other places.
Call ahead to book your hotel
Many places are booked months in advance so you don’t want to reach your destination and then realize that you don’t have a place to stay. If you use a travel agent, book through him as he is likely to be able to get you a discount. Even if you have booked in advance, call just before you leave for your trip to check that your booking is confirmed. This will give you at least some time to search for another place if there is a problem with your booking for some reason.
Decide whether you want to rent a car or use your own
Renting a car saves your own car from wear and tear. Book car rentals in advance and take advantage of any discounts that the rental agency may provide. Get all the details about mileage etc. so that you don’t suddenly find yourself faced with unforeseen expenses. If you are using your own car, check to see that it is in good shape. If you are flying to your destination, make sure you have transportation to take you to and from the airport. The better you plan, the less you are likely to end up spending!