Ten Money Saving Travel & Vacation Tips

Real Estate Agent with Nebraska Realty

Now that spring has sprung, many people are starting to think about and plan that family vacation. Here are ten common sense tips to help you save money & enjoy that vacation.

1. Rent a car.  Consider renting a car instead of using the airport shuttle. Many times the cost of the shuttle is more than that of a modest car rental - and you have the flexibility of having available transportation.  Also, if you are driving to your destination, renting a car instead of using your own vehicle is often cheaper than the extra wear and tear on your own car.  Take advantage of coupons to upgrade to a larger and more comfortable vehicle.

2. Eat breakfast where kids eat free & split meals.  This can mean an enormous savings for a family.  Children are many times too excited or tired to eat much at a time. Restaurants that are kid friendly are more than happy to accommodate special requests for extra plates.

3. Eat lunch in your room. You'll be surprised how good a peanut butter sandwich, chips, and fresh fruit tastes away from home.

4. Take advantage of coupons.  Whether it is lodging, food, or attractions - coupons SAVE money!  You can find them everywhere & be sure to carefully read the fine print about the terms of the coupon.

5. Bring your own stroller. This can save $7 to $10 a day at some attractions.

6. Bring along individual refillable water bottles. These can be refilled at the hotel and at attractions water fountains.

7. Take advantage of multi-day passes at attractions.  This is especially a good deal when they can be used anytime.

8. Make your own reservations.  Many hotels and airlines offer additional discounts and specials for booking online.

9. Give each child a set amount to spend. You can tame the "gimmes", and your pocketbook at the same time, by giving children a pre-set spending limit for souvenirs.

10. Spend the day away from attractions.  Explore the outdoors, the hotel swimming pool, shopping areas, etc.

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