Everyone deserves a vacation, and sometimes we just really need one. Even if your getaway is only for the weekend, you can still do it on a budget. Small adjustments to your travel plans can make your vacation easier on your wallet.
Check Airbnb Listings
Hotels aren’t cheap; even the most basic rooms can be over a hundred dollars per night. If you want luxury, you’ll be looking at $200 or more. Or, you can find an Airbnb where your money goes a long way.
Airbnb can offer more for your money. Most hotels don’t have even a kitchen, so you’ll be forced to eat out every meal – which can become costly very quickly. A lot of listings include full kitchen access. It’s double savings when the room is cheaper, and you can cook a few meals yourself.
Sure, taxis are convenient. But touring in one around a city will get expensive. Consider public transport, or even renting a car.
For example, if you want to see a Maple Leafs game and check out Niagara Falls all in one day, consider a car rental in Toronto. Hopping from one site to another in the city can quickly rack up a hefty taxi bill. Plus, a rental car provides more freedom and flexibility for your trip.
Take Advantage of Freebies
The same goes for discounts. Many museum and art gallery admissions are free. Places that charge for tickets often offer discounts for students, seniors, and children. Plan your trip around sites that won’t break the bank.
If you’re set on seeing things that are on the costly side, check to see if it’s cheaper to purchase tickets in advance. Booking online can frequently get you discounts. As always, watch out for hidden fees. In some cases, it’s better to buy tickets in person. Research both options before buying.
Don’t Wait to Exchange Currency
It might be convenient to exchange money at the airport or train station, but it also costs more. Surcharges for convenience will be tacked on your bill. Exchanging at a bank ahead of time will reduce costs.
Don’t rely on paying with a credit or debit card, either. Some companies have high foreign transaction fees, especially if you want to withdraw local currency from an ATM. And whatever you do, verify the exchange rate before you agree to the terms. A common scam is charging a higher rate. You get less foreign currency for your dollar, and the scammer keeps the difference.
Low Budget Doesn’t Have to Mean Low Quality
If you can’t handle another week at work before you take a vacation, don’t worry. You can still have a fun, relaxing getaway without having to save for six months. Traveling smart doesn’t have to be expensive.