Vacations are great, they give us the opportunity to break away from our everyday routines and escape to a place where normal responsibilities don’t exist. If you have a family, a vacation is a great way to create memories with your kids and reward them for doing well during the school year.
Whether you choose to go on vacation to a tropical paradise like Hawaii or you want to go on a more low-key tour of specific places around the country, a vacation requires planning before you embark on your adventure.
When planning a vacation, most people just set aside a certain amount of money and are content to spend whatever they have to make it a good time. But if you know what you’re doing, you can get the same exact experience for much less.
Let’s take a look at three lesser known secrets you can use to save yourself a boatload of money on your next vacation.
- Always Book Flights on Tuesdays
If you want to get the best deal on your flight, book it on a Tuesday. Airlines have the cheapest deals from Monday to Wednesday.
On average, travelers save around 6 percent on the cost of their flights when they book flights around midnight on Tuesdays. Keep in mind this only applies to the U.S domestic market. International flights are actually cheaper on weekends.
- Daily Deal Websites
Groupon, LivingSocial and Hotel Tonight are three prime examples of “daily deal” websites and apps where you can score deeply-discounted prices on restaurants, hotel rooms and activities in order to maximize your vacation while keeping your budget in mind.
- Theme Park Savings
Fact: children love theme parks. Unfortunately, our wallets don’t. To take your entire family to a theme park while you’re on vacation can get pretty expensive so make sure you plan accordingly. Besides the tickets themselves, food and beverages within theme parks are astronomically expensive so try to grab a meal before heading into the park or bring snacks in your backpack (if allowed).
Make sure to keep your money safe too. You don’t want to reach for your wallet, only to find it’s been pickpocketed. Stay alert and never set down any valuables for longer than a few seconds.
Another thing to keep in mind is that many theme parks alert patrons to deals on their social media nowadays. So follow that particular theme park on apps like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the inside scoop on what’s going on.
Vacations can be expensive, but if you really put in the effort, you can slash your vacationing costs by taking advantage of these deals and websites.
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