In today’s economy we often overlook one the the most important factors of our lives, the family vacation. Going on a vacation is one of the most important aspects of living healthy, we need to get away and recharge from our daily lives. We have included some tips and tricks on how to still go on that much needed time away from your daily grind.
The biggest factors in our travel budget usually are lodging, airfare and transportation. If you can save 10 percent each on all three of these aspects of your vacation, you will save a lot of money. I have found that by saving more with these three factors in my vacation planning, that I can do, see and play more during my vacation time.
Rental cars, the costs associated with renting a car when you arrive at your destination are actually very low per day compared to accommodations and airline tickets. You can easily find economy class rental cars that are for $20 per day. By renting a economy class car compared to a middle size car you can easily save 50% of the cost. Plus you will also save on the fuel efficiency of the economy class car also. I like to be able to drive around at my own leisure and have the freedom to go when and where I wish. Rental car savings comparison are $10 per day.
Airfare, finding a low cost flight is probably the easiest to find a great deal. The best rule to follow is “book early” at least a month in advance. Which ever flight booking service you use just make sure you book early enough. Savings on airfare by booking early can be as much as 20-30%. This can add up to savings between $20 to $80 per ticket.
Hotels and accommodations, here is where you can really save some big money. The first question to ask yourself when going on vacation is. Do I want to spend my vacation at a hotel or on vacation? I regularly stay at 3 and 4 star hotels, this always saves a bundle. By also checking at one of the hotel search engines that do comparison pricing you will find the best hotel at the lowest price per night. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I go on vacation I want to see and do all sorts of activities. That’s why I book for less.
Another quick point is that by staying at hotels and motels near airport facilities can save you even more. Plus you’ll save a bunch of time by staying near the airport and also have less hassles with getting to your hotel room. My motto is get off the plane, get the rental car, drop the suitcases off at our accommodations and go eat and explore the first night.
While there are many factors in booking a hotel room if you go to one of these comparison hotel search engines, you will find many differences in pricing. At a hotel we booked in Hawaii we saved $80 per night compared to a well known online hotel provider. Just by comparing rates!
For a family of four going on vacation for five days your savings would be: Car rental $50, airfare savings on average $250 and hotel room savings for one room could be possibly as much as $400 or more for a total vacation that would cost $700 less.
Now you can use that $700 to really enjoy yourself, see some more sights and make it a memorable experience.