Practical Money Skills just published an interesting article on smart ideas for a summer staycation and for small vacations. Here they are:
- Pick start and end dates – and plan activities.
Scheduling is critical to a successful vacation near home – it’s the
best way to ensure you spend your time off on fun, and not on routine
activities and chores.
- Daytrip it. Make a list of places you’d like to
visit within 80 miles of home and plan one-day trips for your top picks.
- Ditch the technology. Put your cell phone away and
limit email interactions to once a day so you can focus on your family
and revel in your time off.
- Hole up in a local hotel. If you’re craving a break from the routines of
home, research local lodging specials – it can help you achieve that
“out in the world” feeling without spending a fortune. Search for deals
at sites like this one: www.kayak.com.
For smaller vacations, here are some more smart vacation tips to fit a tight budget:
- Road trips and camping are great travel options
that are also budget-friendly. Find the site for you at reserveamerica.com.
- Rent places with a fridge or kitchen. Food is
often the hidden expense with vacations, so being able to cook your own
meals can save you big. One of the most popular is vrbo.com.
- Stick to low-cost activities. If you do choose to
get away for a night or two, head to the beach instead of shopping. Play
in the snow instead of hitting the slopes.
Sometimes taking the less expensive route can offer more adventure for
- Shack up with friends. What better way to see how
the locals live? Staying with friends over a long weekend instead of
booking a hotel can save you $600 or more.
To read the full article with additional tips, please visit this page.
– The Moms Buzz