Compare Airports – If you are in a city with multiple airports, you may be surprised to find that the cost can vary between them. Do a little research to compare prices to see what you can save. Make sure you know the policy on the bag check! May airports have started to charge ridiculous fees for checking in your bags. Make sure you know what the airline charges BEFORE you get to the airport. If there is a fee involved, it may help you avoid the temptation to over pack (like I do!).
Rent a House instead of Staying in a Hotel – Have a large group of people going? You may find you are better off renting a house. Having a kitchen to prepare meals can mean your food bill will be much less expensive for the week. Save the extra money you would have spent on eating out to treat yourself during your vacation. House and villa rentals are frequently by the week. However, some rentals are Friday-Sunday or Monday-Thursday. Weekend rates can be much costlier than weekdays. See what arrangements can be made so you get the best deal.
The Day and Time you Fly Matter – When you are considering your leave and return, check out the days and times and what the cost difference is. I’ve usually found you can fly cheaper during the week (except Friday) and leaving early in the morning or late in the day can also help save some money.
Go During the Off Season – Saving your vacation for the off peak season can add up to huge savings on your hotel and flights. If this is an option for you, consider waiting to save more money. The best part about it is you won’t be over run by other vacationers in the off season!
Try a Staycation – You may be surprised how many French people have never been to Paris. Or how many people from Arizona have never seen the Grand Canyon. Try looking locally for destinations. Are there attractions in your area you’ve never been to? Take advantage of these kinds of trips to save extra money.
A vacation doesn’t have to drain your budget. With some planning and research you can still get great deals and have fun in the process 🙂