The weakened American economy and escalating prices have made vacations quite expensive. Not to worry though, with a little planning, you can still enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. Read these helpful hints, courtesy of your friends at North Country Savings Bank, to minimize the impact on your bottom line and maximize your fun.
- Research your options. Just like anything else, deals are to be had if you know where to look. Check online resources for the best deals. And only use a travel agent for big trips to faraway places. You can handle the details of a weekend getaway.
- Consider purchasing a vacation package from an online broker. Doing this can save you big bucks. If you're planning on staying long-term in one place, look into renting a house or apartment. It's cheaper, sleeps more and you'll be able to cook your own food. Also, many packages allow you to "lock in" a rate well before your travel dates.
- Make sure you book your trip early to ensure you get the flights and hotels you want. If you want to see a lot of one region, consider a cruise. (If you're on a budget, consider a short three or four day stopover and tackle only the sights you absolutely have to see.) Don't forget, when traveling, always set a daily limit on your spending.
- Travel in the offseason. Find out when your desired destination's peak tourist season is and don't go then. Offseason prices are much more affordable.
- Be flexible. Changing your travel itinerary by just a day or two can save you big. Also, consider renting a car or taking public transportation when you can.
- Pack the essentials. When on the road, carry a cooler full of drinks and snacks. By stopping at a grocery store and loading up on supplies (e.g., aspirin, water, sunscreen, film) before you wander the countryside, you'll avoid being taken to the cleaners by roadside tourist traps.
From all of us at North Country Savings Bank, happy travels!