3. Look for cheaper activities
You may not be able to fill your whole vacation with free activities, but there are other ways to save money. Swap high-priced activities with lower-priced alternatives. Skip the amusement park and try zip lining or a ropes course. Instead of a day at the zoo, head to a museum or go on a bike tour.
4. Be strategic with meals
Food costs on a vacation can add up quickly, so focus on finding balance. If you're renting a house or condo while you're away, cook dinner in but head out for ice cream afterwards. Really want to try a certain restaurant? Go during lunch. You may find restaurants offering better deals for the lunch crowd. And if you're traveling with young kids, try restaurants where they dine free.2
5. Ditch expensive hotel costs
There are so many alternatives to hotels. Try looking for rental homes or condos on sites like VRBO or Airbnb that will give you access to a kitchen. Or consider fully embracing the outdoors and go camping.
If you're absolutely set on staying in a hotel, look for deals outside the city or town center. If you don't mind making last-minute plans, sites like Hotel Tonight, Last Minute Travel, and Hotwire offer last-minute travel deals.
Ready to commit to vacation savings? Learn more about creating your family budget so you can set money aside for some deserved time away.