Currently writing to you from sunny Palm Coast, Florida. My mother-in-law owns a condo at an all inclusive resort and our family has been coming here for the past 5 years. My son absolutely adores this place, and says he wants to live here. Haha!! Only because we are waited on hand and foot. Not reality, I keep telling him. This is not real life. :0 We are incredibly fortunate to be able to come for a week and only need to budget for our groceries, transportation and any extra activities we decide to plan.
We are so blessed.
But if summer has sneaked up on you, you might not be most prepared for a summer vacation. Luckily, even if you’re not ready to plunk down premium rates on pricey resorts, you can still take a killer summer vacation on a budget. Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true travel secrets to help you save some money and still have the trip of a lifetime.
Follow Hotels on Social Media
I bet you didn’t know that a lot of hotels offer discounts directly through Instagram or Facebook? Following along with hotels you’re interested in can save you up to 50 percent on rooms! So make sure to peruse the accounts you’re following before booking!
Go Off the Beaten Path
You already know, flying to Hawaii on Fourth of July weekend is going to be pricey, Ok. If you’re pressed for time and prices are skyrocketing, try going the less conventional route. Do some research and look for unique and hidden gems in cities that aren’t necessarily destination spots San Francisco.
You could roll the dice and try to score a last-minute trip to anywhere, but if you’re set on a specific destination, the dates you choose to fly out could impact your overall spend. Certain days are cheaper than others based on foot traffic, so if you don’t have to leave on a Friday after work, you’ll have more flexibility in budget. A middle of the week flight could save you tons on money.
Make A List of Free Activities
The best part about lounging on the beach? It’s free (or very inexpensive!)! If you’re on a budget, allocate your finances toward travel and lodging, and explore the freebies your destination has to offer. Hiking, free museums and park picnics are all great activities to take advantage of without going over budget.
Curb Pre-Vacation Spending
If you’re anything like me, vacations make me want to go shopping! But don’t blow your budget before your plane even takes off. Build a vacation capsule wardrobe to limit spending and maximize fun.
Focus On Airlines With The Best Amenities
Flying should be comfortable, even if first class isn’t an option. Find an airline that is affordable, but also quality. It will improve the whole vacation experience without leaving you feeling like you are just a herd of cattle.
So there you have it.
What are some of your tips and tricks for a last minute summer vacation?