9 Ways to Save Money While Vacationing

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This is a tough one.  We try really hard to have saved enough money that we don’t have to skimp while on vacation.  But, I would rather choose to skimp if it meant at least taking a vacation.

  • Plan your meals – Have it all worked out.  Know what meals you will buy and what meals you will take and what meals you will make.  Food is a big factor and fast food is cheap, but sometimes just not an option, so have a plan in place.  We usually try and pack snacks, eat light lunch then hit a nice local restaurant for dinner.
  • Plan your stay – Some places offer a free night if you stay for 3.  Check and see what deals are being offered and ask if you see nothing.  Stay in a place that is close to what you are doing.  Sometimes the places can be close enough you don’t even have to use a car.  Saving on car rentals or just gas. Also check and see if you can park your car for free.
  • Decide on souvenir purchases ahead of time – I have seen a couple of moms that bought cheap Mickey ears or t-shirts before going on their Disney trip and pulled them out of the suitcases when they got there.  Brilliant!!  If you decide to buy on your trip give your kids a budget.  Here’s a great example of how to set a budget.
  • Plan a destination that is not touristy – Want to keep from spending money aimlessly the whole time, go to beautiful Montana and take in the sights and enjoy the outdoors.  Hit beaches outside of big cities and just enjoy the sand beneath your feet.  You get the idea.
  • Don’t feel like you need movement every single minute – If you spend the day out and about, be ok with sitting in the hotel resting in the evening.  Don’t feel like you need to pay for the whole family to go to a movie.  It’s a vacation just relax.
  • Go to a Mexico all inclusive resort – I have a hard time spending money at these places because all your needs are met and paid for.  Sometimes we will leave for a meal, but what’s the point.
  • Don’t give up your money – I think cruise ships are the worst, but there are ways to stay frugal while on a cruise.
  • Going to Grandmas house on the farm is a vacation – especially if this is the opposite of the life you live in the big city.  Sometimes it just nice to get away for a few days.  I personally love leaving town and heading to the country where I grew up. In a town of 150 people you don’t tend to spend a lot.
  • Every city offers something free – Do your homework ahead of time and find free things to do.  Sometimes cities aren’t all about shopping and eating.  Sometimes just wandering the streets or the gardens they have is more enjoyable and that’s really getting to know the city.
  • Do your homework – Go into any trip with a plan.  Have your budget and stick to it.

What other ways do you stay frugal while on vacation?

 

GasBuddy App Great for Traveling

gas buddy app

It’s Summer and that means travel. For some it means getting on a plane for others it means getting in your car. If you fly, you don’t have choices, but if you drive you can try and cut some costs.

If you haven’t already done so,  you need to download GasBuddy on your iPhone, iPad or Android. This is a free download that tells you where the cheapest gas is in your current location.

This will be so nice when traveling, because sometimes gas stations can be as much at 5¢-10¢ a gallon different, and every little bit helps right?? No more straining your neck to see what the station across the way is selling their gas for.

Justifying Ski Holidays in France

For people living around Portland it might be quite hard to justify going on a ski holiday to France as there are plenty of great resorts in the area, and France is an awful long way away. Yet skiing is all about exploring, and going down the same runs all the time loses its appeal a bit. Checking out a new part of the world is definitely worth it if you are an avid skier, and it’s a great excuse to do some traveling. [Read more…]

Vacationing in Turkey

Turkey is one of those places I would love to visit. While living in Germany someone bought our van from us to take it to Turkey. That’s the closest we ever came. [Read more…]

Vacations in Tenerife

Looking for an international vacation destination? Many will choose well known locations like Paris or Rome. Have you even considered Tenerife, which is located in the Canary Islands? The Canary Islands are located just off the coast off the west coast of Africa. [Read more…]

Seattle on a Budget

We are spending a day in Seattle. The whole trip is based around us taking our daughter and a friend on a college visit. Since we lived in Portland we thought we would ride the train.

Did you know that Amtrak offers discounts for college visits?  Yep, it’s true. We got a Buy One get One 50% off. With the cost of gas going up, this will save us money, plus we can all take advantage of the 3+ hour drive from Portland to Seattle. I have never taken the train, so I am excited about this adventure. [Read more…]

7 Car Rental Tips

You trip is coming together. You are so excited to get out of town, but you still have to book that car rental. Unfortunately it will take some time, but don’t kill yourself looking for the killer deal. Here are quick tips to make sure you got it right. [Read more…]

Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations

Well I supposed it depends on what kind of vacation you like but here at what seems to be the Top 1o Summer Travel Destinations for 2011.

10. Seattle, Washington – I do love this place and yes, you do need to go in the summer, due to all the rain. Plenty to see.  [Read more…]

My Top 10 Favorite Thrill Rides

The whole family loves coasters

The whole family loves coasters

 

11. Grizzly :: Great America, CA – I know, this makes it 11, but I only added this one because it’s the coaster my header is taken from. I love that picture, makes me feel like I am going for a ride.

10. Flight Deck :: Great America, CA – It’s a great ride, but I love it more because it was one of the first good ones I ever went on.

9.  Tatsu :: Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA – If you have the time, wait for the front seat. It’s worth it!

8.  Batman :: Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA – I don’t love this one quite as much as my hubby. The G-forces really get to me.

7.  [Read more…]

Seattle Underground

Seattle Underground

Seattle Underground

This was such a fun tour that we did. My kids do NOT like museums and tours and all that stuff because it ends up being a lot of talking and very little looking, or so it seems to them.  Here I am a grown adult and there are days I don’t want to listen to anyone blabber I just want to look around.

The thing I LOVE about the Seattle Underground is every tour guide seems to be a [Read more…]