Last year my family and I did a whole lot of traveling, and learned a thing or two about cutting down expenses. Since I don’t see our traveling days ending any time soon, I started to explore new ways to save. These three tips, although they may seem small, can make a really big difference in the bank. They are definitely useful for traveling with kids, because that can add up fast.
1. Kitchens are Key
One of the best ways I’ve found to save money on a trip is to get a place with a kitchen. The ability to make all your meals can really save on the budget. We usually do a grocery shopping trip the day we get in and then we have everything on-hand throughout the vacation. When we are venturing out for the day I like to pack up a few snacks that we can bring along with us and sandwiches for lunch. If you can’t find a place with a kitchen you can still buy snacks and goodies that don’t need to be refrigerated.
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2. Opt for a Vacation Rental
With the growing business of vacation rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO, there are definitely more options out there than just a hotel. A lot of the time these vacation rentals are also cheaper than a hotel room for a night and you can get a whole house to yourself. I’ve used Airbnb and have been extremely happy with the results. Using an option like this also allows you to have the kitchen for cooking meals. It quickly becomes a home away from home. Kid & Coe is a vacation rental website that is specifically for families with beautiful, kid-friendly places.
3. Look for Freebies
Before you head out on your trip do some research on free activities within the city. There are a lot of cities that have free museum days, like this list of Free Museum Days in Los Angeles. You can also find lists of free activities, like Free in NYC. Although you might not plan your whole trip full of free events, having a few on hand can be a great back up plan if you have some down time in the day.
Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family. Follow Jaime on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.