Even years after being out of school, adults often attribute summer with nice, long vacations. This year, however, might look a little different as far as traveling goes; studies show that 82% of Americans have changed their vacation plans for the next six months because of COVID-19.
The idea of stepping away from our day-to-day responsibilities sounds incredibly amazing, whether it’s for a quick getaway soon or something longer down the road. Before you get carried away and book that flight, take a moment to plan it out with these tips.
If you’re on a tight budget, consider a staycation, which is basically vacationing where you live. Are there any local places you’ve been meaning to visit, activities you want to try, or restaurants you want to go to? Act like a tourist in your own city. Go hiking, swimming, or set up the tent in your backyard.
Rates for airfare and lodging vary from day to day. If you have some flexibility, be open to switching your travel dates. You might be able to find a better deal mid-week or by booking a flight at a different time on the same day.
Mode of Transportation
Flying may get you to your destination quicker, but it’ll cost you. Consider transportation alternatives if the destination permits. Taking a train or driving may add another fun and exciting element to your vacation. With options like this, you can visit places along the way, making the trip that much more worthwhile.
Groups and Packages
If your destination requires flying, book your hotel and flight together to save. You may be able to save even more by searching for group pricing if traveling with friends or family.
It doesn’t get better than free. Consider visiting a museum, park, or historical place. Adding free activities to the agenda keeps your schedule full, while helping to alleviate costs.
Deals and Coupons
Do a quick online search to see if there’s any tips or tricks to saving on the place you want to go. If you’re traveling to a resort or hotel, ask them if they have package deals or even coupons for guests to use to cut down on prices.
Your employer, alumni association, or financial institution may also offer discounts on certain attractions.
We all know how expensive the burgers and chicken tenders at the food court with long lines are, so plan ahead. Avoid a hefty bill if traveling in your area or visiting a nearby park by packing your lunch.
It’s easy to lose track of purchases when you’re on vacation. The cost of travel, lodging, souvenirs, and food can really add up fast. Consider using cash for certain aspects of your trip and set strict limitations for yourself on things you need to use your card for. Remember, the memories and fun you have will be worth more than whatever you spend in the long run.
Even though this your plans this year might look a little different, there are great options to take advantage of now, like staycations, and fun things to plan further into the year (or even next). Don’t get discouraged – this is the time to get creative and have fun!