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Monday, February 5, 2018

Saving Money on your Summer Break


Now that Christmas is long behind us, and we've survived what must have been the longest January ever, it's time to start thinking about the warmer months. Springs just around the corner and summer vacations aren't a million miles away. Your summer holiday is a wonderful way to break up the year. It helps you to relax and unwind while giving you a chance to see some of the World and get some much-needed sunshine. 

But, summer vacations can be ridiculously expensive. Especially if you are tied to the school holidays and other peak times. It could be easy to spend a small fortune and find yourself paying it off until next summer. However, there are some fantastic ways to save money, and it's perfectly possible to have a fantastic summer break without breaking the bank. Let's take a look at them.


Book Now


Booking early means that you can get some great deals and that you've got longer to save. Start looking at packages now and book as soon as you can. You'll probably just need to pay a small deposit to start with, and then you'll have months to pay off the balance and start saving some spending money.


Book Later


On the other hand, booking later can also be a great option. Book some time off work and look at what last minute deals are available a few weeks before. You might not have as much choice, but it could also be a great adventure and take you somewhere you'd never have picked otherwise. 


Take Less Cash


We all like to have plenty of spending money on holiday. Taking lots of cash means that you can enjoy all of the tourist attractions, eat out all of the time, buy what you want and enjoy your vacation in luxury. But, it's not essential. Spending less while you are away is a brilliant way to save money on your break. Book any excursions you are desperate to go on online before you go to get the best rates. You could also book city-wide travel pass and tickets to events before you go to save money. 


Avoid Tourist Hotspots


Popular destinations are expensive, but if you are desperate to see them, you may need to take out a loan from debtconsolidation.loans to free up some spare cash and finance your trip. Smaller, less well-known destinations can be even better. They give you a chance to get a more authentic view of local life, to enjoy traditional experiences and do your break, your way. Explore on foot, get to know the locals, avoid busy restaurants and instead head to family establishments or cook for yourself. 


Stay Local


Staycations are more popular than ever and to be honest, most of us just enjoy having some time off work to relax. You don't need to spend a fortune traveling across the world to have a great time. Most of us don't ever fully explore places much closer to home. Look at day trips in your local area, or visit the next city along.

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Masshole Mommy said...

We try to keep it low key and stay local when we can. Sometimes the tourist hot spots are fun, but I always check for discounts first like on Groupon.

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Wonderful ideas on how to save money while on spring break. We aren’t doing anything this year so all good

Alli Smith said...

We booked our summer vacation last month and I can hardly wait until we're relaxing on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean. These are all great tips!

Alison Rost said...

I usually subscribe to airlines and travel agencies so I'm updated whenever there's a discount or sale going on. I think these are awesome ways to save money on a trip!

Franc said...

I agree that staycations can be a great way to spend summer breaks. Booking early and planning the trip can save you a lot too.

AiringMyLaundry said...

These are some great tips! I always try to book early when I can because you're right, you can save that way! I already have our plane tickets for our summer trip ready to go, plus hotel reservations!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

Vacations can be expensive no matter what time of year. We don't vacation during the summer because it's far too hot and humid.

Carol Cassara said...

Over the years that my husband and I spent traveling, we definitely learned a few tricks to help us minimize out spending. I think these tips are so helpful!

Jeannette said...

I am definitely one for saving money. If I can I spend as little as possible every single week so that I can save. There are weeks that I am better at it than others but I usually am able to save at least a little bit each week. When I go on vacation I plan out exactly how much I'm going to spend and I do not go over it. It is the best way to budget and still have fun.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

These are some great ideas, I don't have a holiday booked this year, but hopefully we will get around to it at some point. Perhaps a last minute booking.

Saidah Washington said...

My kids are learning to save money. My husband and I are following the Dave Ramsey plan right now.

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

I am always looking for ways to save money on summer breaks. We like doing staycations. They are fun and more affordable than flying somewhere.

Kelly Reci said...

Some of our best vacations were actually staycations. It gave us time to relax as a family and not worry about planning, packing, and itineraries.

Bohemian Babushka said...

Babushka and Sweetie love their staycations!! Next ones planned are some wineries about 1.5 hours away, will be using some of your tips. Gracias.

Cosmetic Sanctuary said...

We actually prefer staycations to actual vacations. We usually want to lounge and relax and sleep in without feeling like we're missing anything after paying to fly or drive somewhere!

Ricci Ellis said...

I try to pay for everything up front before I go on vacation...hotel, excursions, etc. I love vacation but I don't like to stress over having to pay for everything once I get there.

Debra Hawkins said...

We just booked three trips for the next few months. I was scared of waiting too long, but maybe I should have tried!

Anosa Malanga said...

Definitely agree on this. As for me, what I do is to book earlier flights so that I can save on ticket fares and also be able to save for the possible expenses.

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