The cost of vacationing in many locations is rising. With the increased cost of fuel and overcrowding at the world’s most popular vacation spots, cheap vacations are harder to find than in the past. However, with a bit of hard work and some creativity, families can find great deals on their next vacations. To wit:
1. Travel to a Nearby Destination
The United States is a large country, and diverse culture, geography and fauna coexist in relatively small geographical regions. Vacationers can take advantage of this fact by finding nearby travel destinations that are close but still different enough to feel like “getting away.”
Those living in Chicago, for example, can consider traveling to Saint Louis or the Minneapolis area; families from Florida can consider New Orleans, Savannah or Houston. Avoiding the cost of airline flight can help vacationers save considerably.
2. Travel to Inexpensive Countries
When thinking about international vacations, many consider the Bahamas and Pacific islands. Looking a bit closer, however, can lead to significant savings. Many locations in Central America and the northern portion of South America (like Ecuador) offer similar experiences for a fraction of the cost.
Costa Rica, for example, is still considerably less expensive than comparable Bahamas locations even though it has risen in popularity in recent years. Before traveling to foreign nations, travelers should consider looking for credit cards with no foreign transaction fee.
3. Vacation When it is Cheaper
With kids out of school and nice weather, summer is the most popular time for families to travel. Vacationing during one of the other three seasons can lead to significantly cheaper hotel prices and less traffic congestion. Further, some southern locations are much nicer in cooler months.
Florida’s best weather, for example, occurs during winter, and top theme parks are less crowded during fall, winter and spring. Finding a three or four day weekend and possibly allowing the kids to miss an extra day or two of school can lead to a cheap and uncrowded vacation.
One of the best ways to find a cheap vacation is to look for offers online and be ready to pounce on great deals. If funding is a problem, vacationers can use the Internet to find and get the best credit card with low interest rates to fund their trips and pay off the expense in the future. Flexibility and an open mind are the keys for those looking for great, and cheap, vacations.
About the Author: Jenna Smith is a student by day and a blogger by night. Jenna has been able to travel around the world thanks to her family also also being smart about paying for travel! Jenna’s main writing topics are personal finance and business although she likes to write on fun topics like travel and exercise from time to time. You can read more writing by Jenna at paidtwice.com