A yearly vacation is essential for most people. This is a time to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. A vacation should not bring stress and in fact planning your vacation should be just as exciting as the vacation itself.
Something that stresses people out is managing how they will afford a vacation. Taking a vacation brings with it a lot of expenses. Some of these expenses include transportation. This not only means the flights, but taxi and bus rides once you arrived. Accommodation is another large expense. Choosing the right accommodation is essential to make sure you are located near the attractions that interest you, whilst also being comfortable and staying within budget.
Other expenses include spending money and food once you arrive. This will differ between people due to their own individual needs. However it is easy to see why expenses pile up fast.
To get the best deal for your next vacation, follow the steps below and you will be sure to save a bunch…
1. Book your flights in advance
One of the most important steps in saving money on a vacation is by cutting costs with the most expensive things. One of the most expensive things is likely to be your flights. Depending on where you are flying from, flights could cost $500 to $1000 and over. Price will also jump if you choose to fly first/business class.
Booking your flights in advance is usually the best way to save money. Flights become more expensive as demand for them grows closer to the date of the flight. This pushes up their price.
Airlines frequently have flight deals over a year in advance. Booking one of these flights can literally save you hundreds.
2. Fly with a budget airline
A lot of the extras provided by airlines are nice, but not necessarily essential. By packing light and flying with a budget airline, you can save yourself a lot of money.
You will often forgo included meals, check in baggage and seat selection. These are the major things that make a budget airline differ from a full service airline.
3. Book your accommodation last minute
In contrast to flights, hotel prices usually go down in time. Hotel prices will start at a base rate, but the closer it gets to a certain date, the cheaper a room might be. Hotels get more desperate to sell their rooms last minute as they know there are plenty of cheap last minute options and they need to be competitive.
To do this effectively, we recommend that you have an idea of where you want to stay. For example, if you want to be near the best golf courses in Hawaii, then you may choose to stay in the locations of the golf course. Decide on a list of hotels that appeal to you.
Check their price closer towards the date that you plan to visit. Sites like Wotif can show you last minute deals and you can see just how low the prices can go.
4. Have a budget and stick to it
One of the best things you can do for your wallet is to strictly stick to a budget. Whilst traveling can be expensive, it does not have to get out of hand. Usually, the most money spend during a holiday is done so on impulse.
Many of the best attractions in Hawaii are free. These include beaches where you can spend the entire day enjoying and national parks.
5. Use public transport
When you arrive, you can save a lot of money by using public transport as opposed to expensive taxis. Although it may seem more convenient at the time, they can drain your bank balance quickly.
A bus ticket can cost as little as a few dollars.
6. Take out travel insurance
Whilst not directly related to saving money, it could save you a lot of money. Having travel insurance will protect you against things such as lost luggage, missed flight, natural disasters and accidents. Some travel insurances even include cash vouchers for flight delays.
If you had to pay for these things yourself, you could be looking at a lot of extra money to pay, and it would be a less than idea way to end your vacation.
Should I leave my credit card at home?
Some people recommend leaving the credit card at home. This allows them to avoid temptation to spend more on their vacation. Whilst this is true, we do not recommend you leave your credit card at home.
If something happens that is out of your control and you need emergency cash, you may not have enough to support yourself whilst you are in Hawaii. As these events are unforeseen, they may require you to book new flights and if you do not have a credit card to support you, it can be a big hassle.
You should always be prepared for the unforeseen future.