Planning and Budgeting a Winter Vacation
The winter months are a great time for getaways. With everyone trying to escape the cold, it can be difficult and costly to plan your vacation. However, there are ways to avoid breaking the bank. Here are some money-saving strategies when it comes to planning and budgeting for your winter vacation. You can save money without sacrificing any of the comfort and fun of your trip.
1. Get a Rental Instead of a Hotel
Services like Airbnb and VRBO make it much easier to find a place to rent for a week or two instead of paying for a hotel. In most cases, you will be paying a lot less per person and will usually have access to a kitchen. This will also help you avoid eating out for every meal. Saving you even more money for other getaway fun.
2. Go Somewhere Within Driving Distance
Driving is usually cheaper than spending hundreds on plane tickets. This is true even if you need to stop at a hotel for a night or two. There is also more flexibility with leaving and arriving at your destination since you are not beholden to flight times.
3. Avoid the Popular Locales
If you are looking to get away from the cold and hit the beach, the Caribbean and Latin America are obvious choices. However, other people will likely have had the same idea. Demand for vacationing in those areas will limit your choices, if you are not willing to spend a lot of money. Consider places like Thailand or Indonesia that offer the same warm weather getaway but are not as in demand to US tourists. These locations also have an overall lower cost of living than most other countries. You can more easily afford your time there.
4. Schedule Activities in Advance
Many tourist locations will offer discounts for people who are willing to lock in weeks or months in advance. Having a plan will keep your getaway budget on track and will help you to avoid overspending.
There are a lot of ways to save money while still having a fun trip. What are some of your strategies for planning a winter vacation?