One of the best parts of summer is that glorious summer vacation whether to the lake, beach, mountains or even abroad. However, summer excursions can quickly drain your budget. Before setting off on your next adventure, follow these tips for a stress-free time:
Create a Vacation Spending Guide
Think about how much you want to spend on your total vacation before you begin planning your trip, so you won’t be anxious when you return home and get the bill. It’s important to include dining, souvenirs and activities, in addition to travel and lodging costs. However, as with any spending guide, give yourself some flexibility and freedom so you’re not counting pennies the entire trip. It is a vacation after all.
While some travelers revel in spontaneity, preparing for your trip can make or break whether you actually follow a spending guide. Guidebooks and travel websites can alert you to free activities and museums, creating room in your budget for more expensive ones. Dining review websites are also a great source to find happy hour deals and which restaurants are the best bang for your buck.
Be Selective about Where You Stay
Research is especially important when choosing lodging. If being connected is a priority, try and find a place to stay where Wi-Fi is included. If you adhere to the tenet that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” look for hotels that include breakfast in the room rate or provide a mini fridge where you can store breakfast items. If dining out for every meal is not significant, renting an apartment with a kitchen can be an ideal way to save on dining costs, especially for a large group.
Pack Snacks and Refillable Water Bottles
Small snacks and $1 bottles of water can quickly add up, especially during airport layovers or gas station breaks on road trips. Having snacks and a refillable water bottles on hand will make you less susceptible to temptation for overpriced food and drinks.
Do you want to go on vacation, but don’t know how much you can spend? Legacy Next’s planning portal can illustrate the impact of a one-time or annual vacation on your long-term goals. Get more information to see how Legacy Next can help you grow smarter.