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I’ve always loved to travel, but I don’t like to spend money. I’ve even been known to agree a time or two when my husband has insisted we sleep in our vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart to save money- don’t judge! It’s not as bad as it sounds and it allows us to stretch our budget so we can travel more. Sounds like a win-win situation to me, but I realize that most people will not find slumbering in a Walmart parking lot an adventure so I’ll share a few tips to stretch those travel dollars and save money on family travel- that don’t include sleeping in your vehicle.
5 Ways to Stretch Your Travel Dollars and Save Money on Family Travel
1. Watch what you eat.
Traveling with teenagers introduced me to what a budget buster dining out on vacation could be. I’m known for traveling with my portable kitchen, but I know cooking in a hotel room isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. No worries, here are a few other tips to keep in mind.
Stay at hotels that offer breakfast.
Eat a late lunch and light snack for dinner. Lunch is often less costly than dinner so save a few dollars and dine early.
When dining out, stick to water and skip the shakes, cocktails, and soda. Your wallet will thank you.
Pack snack items from home. It’s much cheaper to buy granola bars, fruit, and other healthy snacks from home instead of buying them at gas station convenience stores along your route.
Learn more about cooking in a hotel room here.—-> Cooking in a Hotel Room
2. Slumber in style.
Finding hotel deals can be hit or miss, but here are some ways I’ve managed to save money on the road and not sleep at Walmart.
Book in advance for the best rates.
Ask for discounts. If a hotel has plenty of inventory, they may be able to offer a manager’s special which will save you money. It really is a win-win situation because hotels don’t make money if their rooms are empty.
Learn more —-> 9 Easy Tips to Save you Money on your Next Hotel Room
3. Make a plan and stick to it.
Flexibility is great, but when it comes to travel, you’ll often save money if you plan to stick to your itinerary and make reservations in advance. Remember that you can’t do everything when you travel, so focus on what’s most important and go from there.
4. Check out coupon sites like Groupon.
Groupon offers discounts on attractions, hotels, and even full-blown vacations. Visit the site and select Groupon Things to Do to purchase discounted guided tours, zip line trips, museum passes, and more. I love that Groupon has saved me quite a bit of money over the years. Recently, I’ve purchased guided architectural walking tours for me and a friend, segway tours to enjoy with my daughter, a train ride that runs through a national park and a 2-night resort stay. Check it out and see how much you can save.
5. Visit plenty of free attractions.
If you really want to stretch your travel budget, add in some free attractions. Include parks, hiking trails, roadside attractions, public art and walking tours to see the architecture of the communities you visit to your itinerary and you could save quite a bit of money.
Read more—–> Roadside Attractions
How do you save money on family travel?