Summer is the main season for traveling since school is out and the weather is nice in the Northern Hemisphere. While everyone would love to take a vacation of their lifetime, the reality is that most of us try to do the most for the least amount of money just to get away. There are a few ways you can save money on your summer travel that I point out below. Ideally, you can use them to make your upcoming vacation one to remember.
Tips For Summer Travel Deals
Visit Local Websites
I like to visit the websites and forums of my destination. I will also use travel sites as well. What I look for are things to do in the city and any special events that will be happening in the community while I am there. Some of this information is used in my next two suggestions below. The main purpose of this though is to plan out things to do while on vacation. I like to mix it up on vacation – have some lazy days of nothing and other days filled with activities. Knowing what is happening beforehand allows me to better prepare.
Visit Warehouse Stores
Some of the information I get from the above tip is used here. I don’t’ go to the warehouse stores to stock up on a year’s worth of rice. I go there to score discounted tickets. In my local Costco, they sell discounted passes to local amusement parks and other venues. If I plan to attend one of these while on vacation, I will be certain to visit a local warehouse club hoping to find discounted tickets there as well.
Another trick I use is to sign up for Groupon. I pick my location as the city I plan to vacation to. Then I start receiving deals for events and attractions there. Not all of them are acted upon, but there are a good many that are offered. It’s a great way to save money on family friendly events as well as eating out. When my trip is over, I simply unsubscribe from the list so that I don’t continue to receive the daily emails.
These are just three tricks I use when searching for summer travel deals. I mostly use these tips in the order presented – find out what is happening in my destination city, then find deals through the warehouse clubs or on Groupon. While doing these won’t make your trip free, it will hopefully allow you to have money left over after the vacation that you can use as seed money for next year’s vacation.
Readers, what are some additional tips you have for summer travel deals?
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