You save your pennies and your time-off days all year long for this moment: itâ€™s time for vacation. However, the last thought you put into your trip isnâ€™t the booking of the plane ticket, the hotel reservation, or the stuffing of your bikini into your suitcase and running out of the door; you have to consider how to make wallet-friendly choices while youâ€™re on vacation, too. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™ve gathered the following five tips on how to prepare yourself to save as much green as possible on your next getaway.
1. Break the Fast, Not the Bank
Most hotels serve breakfast, but beware: they often spike prices far above what other restaurants might charge. The convenience is certainly nice â€”Â you might even be able to enjoy breakfast in bed â€”Â but you might find that itâ€™s not worth the price tag.
There are a few ways to save money here. For one, you might find a hotel that serves free breakfast, in which case you can stop reading now. Otherwise, pick up a few items that you eat for breakfast at the local grocery store and munch on them in your hotel room.
Letâ€™s face it: breakfast is pretty similar everywhere we travel, so thereâ€™s no need to splurge on it (unless thereâ€™s a famous cafĂ© or restaurant nearby, of course). Choose a special lunch or dinner on which to spend more of your vacation bucks.
2. Make a Plan Ahead of Time
Unless youâ€™re going on a surprise vacation, youâ€™ll have time to think about what you want to do on your next getaway. Preparing in advance can help you save big bucks.
For one, many tour companies and museums sell advance tickets for a discounted rate. Allow everyone traveling with you to choose the activity that he or she wants to do most and buy the tickets or make reservations in advance.