But I have just one question for you: is your wallet as packed full as it could be?
And one way to get and keep more cash in it is to make good financial decisions while you’re partying on the road.
Going on vacation is no excuse for making stupid decisions about your finances. So to help you save money on vacation, here are four doozies you really want to avoid:
1. Book hotels at the hotel on the same day
It seems like it only happens in movies nowadays, but it used to be really common for people to book hotels right when they get into town and walk into the hotel. Same day, same reservation, full price. But that’s nonsense! And you’re wasting tons of money.
Instead of paying full price at the counter, book your hotel through discount sites such as Hotwire, Priceline, Expedia, or Orbitz. These sites let you book hotels within a star range for reduced rates and you can save tons of money on short notice.
2. Purchase tons of souvenirs
While you always want to remember your vacation fondly, spending money on souvenirs is a silly way to do it. Bulky physical souvenirs take up space both when you travel home and when you get home. And more often than not? You just get rid of them in a few years! Talk about wasted money…
Instead of purchasing souvenirs, get creative and make your own! Don’t buy postcards, take pictures. Don’t buy books about the places you visit, write your own account of what you have seen or blog about it. And instead of purchasing jewelry, create your own using found shells or rocks. There are tons of creative options that will help you remember your vacation without weighing you down with extra stuff or draining your wallet of your hard-earned cash.
3. Only visit places that charge admission
Contrary to what flyers and ads may try to tell you, you don’t have to spend money to have a great experience! Instead of visiting theme parks, visit national parks and other sight-seeing opportunities.
If you’re travelling in the Southern United states, national parks such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park charge no admission fee. These sorts of areas are perfect for longer trips because the money you save by not having to pay for entrance or parking can go towards lodging or dining, further reducing your overall costs.
By saving that much money, your overall vacation expense is much lower than it otherwise would have been.
Heading out on vacation? Don’t make these silly money mistakes! Get creative with your souvenirs, attend out-of-the-box theme park and sight-seeing opportunities, and book your hotel using a discount site to save tons of money (and maybe even extend your vacation!).
Do you have any vacation no-no’s to warn us about? Let us know in the comments!