Vote of the week: What's your first choice to save money on a vacation?
Memorial Day weekend is here, the unofficial start of the summer vacation travel season. The obsessive among us have been planning our trip for months. But some many of us might also be thinking about how to make a vacation happen this yet on an ever-tightening budget.
Obviously, all of us look for value on a vacation. And if we can find the same value for less, we choose that. But what happens when you've found the best deals, but still can't afford the vacation you want? What do you cut next to make the vacation happen?
That's our vote of the week. I've given you five popular, though unloved, options. Please pick your first choice of what to cut when you need to make your vacation fit your budget.
Budget-stretching travel tips welcomed in the comments. Thanks for reading Theme Park Insider, and have a great holiday weekend!
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I'll travel in the off-season to save money and avoid crowds, but I'll also cut corners for my hotel rental. I don't necessarily get a cheap hotel, but I exhaust every discount resource available to find a good rate. One thing I don't skimp on is food. I love dining, which sometimes means making my own breakfast and lunch so I can splurge on dinner.
On a theme park vacation I always go for the cheaper room. I'll be getting up early to head to the parks and won't get back to the room until after my evening meal, so it's really not worth going for anything too expensive for such a short period.
My partner works for a hotel chain. So we get free hotel rooms when we travel. Saves us a bundle.
I will go to the major destinations in the off season (when it doesn't affect the experience -- go to some destinations in the off season, and everything's closed).
I too went for the cheaper rooms, but I was torn by picking traveling at less expensive times.
I actually use a combination. . . a couple of shorter vacations closer to home, but if I had to pick one, I would say "Stay Closer to Home," because that allows me to shorten vacations up while also lowering transportation costs (depending on where I was going).
For me, it's a combination of things. This particular year, I cut down to a shorter vacation, so that's how I voted. My wallet and my body will not allow me to do the 6-8 park, two week-or-so marathons I've done the last several years. I know my limits. Just today, I booked my Motel 6 rooms in NH and Rochester, NY. I can't find a room in Lake George, NY to fit my budget, so I'll probably play it by ear there. This trip will be less than one week to three parks.
Travelling from the UK means our trips to Orlando are hugely expensive. We cut back on just about everything! Cheaper hotel rooms, cut back on food (staying offsite means you can find cheap places to eat very easily) using public transport instead of hiring cars...you name it we have probably tried it! But the last 4 years have seen flight prices double (which is the bulk of our cost) and so we really dont know when, or if, we will get back to Orlando :(
We utilize Hotwire or Priceline for our hotel reservations. For example, we book the Orlando Renaissance Sea World in Orlando on Priceline for $72/night. The room is usually on "sale" for $225/night. Also, Hotwire shows you amenity icons that tell you if a hotel has a free breakfast...that can be a huge savings if you are traveling with the kids. OK, Chef Mickey it is not, but at $72/night for a four star resort with a free continental breakfast...how could you go wrong???
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