Vacations offer the opportunity to relax, de-stress, and explore, but the cost of traveling can quickly add up. If you’re planning a vacation this summer we have three methods that you can use to make your trip more affordable!
Purchase your flights at the optimal time
There has been a lot of debate about when you should book your flight in order to get the best deal. Unfortunately, a lot of the advice often contradicts each other. However, the results of a recent study provide the data you need to know exactly when the best time is to book your flight. The most interesting part of the findings is that the best time to find the cheapest flights varies by destination. Look for flights the following number of days in advance:
- Canada: 59 days
- Mexico: 61 days
- Central America: 61 days
- South America: 81 days
- Caribbean: 76 days
- Europe: 99 days
- Asia: 90 days
Consider traveling off-season
If you don’t yet have specific travel dates, or have dates but not a destination in mind, you should consider traveling to off-season locations. Different destinations have varying peak seasons due to local holidays, weather, and school semester dates. If you’re flexible about the when and where of your vacation you can find some incredible trips at affordable prices. In fact, savings when booking a vacation to an out of season destination can be huge! To take advantage of these opportunities make sure to thoroughly research a destination to ensure that the weather or closed attractions won’t impact your time there too much. Seek out the right destination and you could end up with in a tropical paradise without the tourist crowds.
Find inexpensive housing options
There was a time when hotels were the only safe form of housing for a vacation, but those days are very much over. The rise of home sharing and property rental websites like AirBnb have made it much more affordable to plan your dream vacation. They offer a huge range of flexibility from booking a room in a shared home to renting an entire property, so there’s accommodations available to suit every need. One of the great things about renting from a local is that you get to learn things about your destination that you don’t have the opportunity to if you are staying in a hotel. If you’re looking for even more of a budget option you could also consider camping or staying in a hostel, both of these options offer affordable rates and a wide selection to choose from.
Don’t let the cost of a vacation put you off traveling this year, use our money saving tips to find a trip you’ll love at a price that won’t break the bank! Start your search today to find the best deal on your next vacation.