Air travel often comes with sticker shock.
Gassing the car feels tantamount to paying the mortgage. Many hotels are prohibitively expensive.
But don’t let travel costs interfere with a memorable vacation. There are many
alternatives, and some of them are quite affordable—like packing cereal or breakfast bars to eliminate expensive restaurant breakfasts.
In SmarterTravel, Ed Hewitt offers other good ideas, like setting up a dedicated bank account and depositing funds regularly. Hewitt reminds us that when deposits are consistent, even small amounts add up. He also recommends getting rid of stuff you don’t need and putting the profits into your travel fund immediately. A garage sale, eBay, or Craigslist might just be your ticket to travel. Forbes offers additional excellent suggestions. The list below summarizes the wisdom
revealed in Ginger Dean’s column.
1.Apply for a rewards credit card—and use it to save.
2.If you’re flying, pack only carry-ons to avoid checked-luggage fees.
3.Plan and prepay for excursions.
4.Book travel and accommodations separately to discover more deals.
5.Choose the second-best thing.
Of course, everything can still add up to more than you’d like to spend (or more dollars than you have in your account). If the budget is impossible to beat, why not discover your own city’s secret delights and plan a stay-cation? It just might be the best summer vacation ever.