Take it from us: a memorable vacation doesn't have to break the bank. Whether you’re fantasizing about a weekend getaway or a longer trip to the destination of your dreams, we've got some ideas that both you and your wallet will
Take it from us: a memorable vacation doesn't have to break the bank. Whether you’re fantasizing about a weekend getaway or a longer trip to the destination of your dreams, we've got some ideas that both you and your wallet will appreciate.
Start off by making a rough budget, keeping in mind your three main costs: where you're going, how you'll get there, and what you'll do once you're there. Splurging on flights to a far-flung destination might seem more reasonable when you discover how inexpensive lodging and other costs will be once you arrive. Alternatively, opting for a short train ride can free up more of your budget for a few splashy dinners. Think about your priorities and allocate your budget accordingly.
Looking for inexpensive flights, hotel rooms, or cruises? You can lock in low rates if you reserve far ahead for a specific set of dates, or if your travel times are more flexible you can snap up last-minute bargains. Another money-saving option is renting an apartment instead of a hotel room. The added benefit is that you get to live like a local.
Doing a bit of research before you go can help you cut costs. Many museums offer free or pay-what-you-wish hours – just be prepared for crowds. Some cities offer travel cards that get you discounted admission to the top attractions. And with the rising popularity of street food stands and gourmet food trucks, a great meal doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg.