Eating out at a restaurant for every meal can add up quickly. We once spent $150 in one day just on food—and then promptly adjusted our vacation eating habits.
Having access to a kitchen cuts down on the amount of your budget that goes towards food. If you can cook even half of the meals your family plans to eat during vacation, you can save hundreds of dollars. Grocery shopping on vacation may not seem natural at first, but once you realize how much you can save, you’ll soon feel more comfortable. Signing up for the store’s loyalty card if you don’t already have one can save you even more.
We also bring lots of snacks and non-perishable food items with us to avoid spending extra money at gas stations on over-priced drinks, candy and junk food. Having picnics is a fun way to have a super fun meal for cheap, all without the hustle and bustle of a crowded touristy restaurant.
Many travel websites like Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity or Expedia offer travel packages that allow you to customize your own package. You book a flight and a hotel, rent a car and buy tickets for attractions all in one. Buying in bulk always cuts down on overall cost—and eliminates the stress of booking everything separately.
Keep it Simple
Keep in mind that when you’re on vacation, you don’t need very many things. You can probably survive without high-speed Internet, your daily Starbucks trips, or your six-dollar ice cream cones. Vacation is all about getting away from your daily routine and taking time to appreciate something new with people you love. You don’t need fancy dinners or expensive helicopter tours to enjoy beautiful scenery and spend quality time with family. Eliminating the excess clutter can make your vacation both cheaper and more enjoyable.
This is a Guest Post from Holly Watson. Holly is a stay at home wife and mother of two. She enjoys writing, traveling and yoga. You can follow her daily mantras on www.eatbreatheblog.com.