If money is tight these days but you can’t stand the thought of not taking a vacation, follow these tips and you’ll make the most of your travel money:
See Multiple Things
When deciding where to go, try planning a vacation where you can experience multiple things in one trip. For example, if you take a trip to Las Vegas, you can also see the Grand Canyon. Or if you go to Philadelphia, New York City isn’t very far away.
Rent a Fuel-Efficient Car
If you’re renting a car when you arrive at your destination, do some research on what cars are offered and choose one that gets the best gas mileage so you won’t have to spend money filling up as often.
Make Lunch Your Biggest Meal
No matter where you go, you’ll probably want to experience the local cuisine. If you plan on eating your dinners out, however, you’ll end up spending more money than if you ate lunch out. Make lunch your biggest meal of the day instead and stay on budget for breakfast and dinner.
Get Advice from Locals
You may be tempted to flock to the touristy attractions, but they are often overpriced. If you ask the locals where they’d go, you’ll end up saving money while getting a taste of what the area is really like.
Ditch the Taxis
While taxis are convenient, subways and trains are often less money and can get you there faster.
Try Rentals Instead of Hotels
If you’re traveling with your family or a larger group of people, a rental may be less expensive than a hotel. Plus, you’ll get to experience your destination as a local. Try searching for rentals through a rental website or somewhere like Craigslist.com or check out Airbnb to stay as a guest in someone’s home.
Don’t Overpay for Parking
Leaving your car at the airport while you’re on vacation can be expensive. Opt for an off-site Newark Airport parking facility (like us!) and use the money you save to buy a few extra drinks at dinner or souvenirs to bring home to your friends.