If you think that people who travel on a budget are simply too cheap or thrifty for their own good, you might want to re-consider. Traveling on a budget can save you a lot of money as well as stress.
And while you might feel the urge to splurge and stay in a super expensive hotel, here are a few reasons why traveling on a budgett can actually be a very good idea:
Save Money by Planning Ahead
You can save money by taking a little time to prepare. You can skip the hotels and go right for a vacation home- you’ll have all the ammenities you could want for probably the same price as a ritzy hotel room.
Get information on fuel prices both on your travel route and at your destination, and sit down and figure out which meals you will eat in the room or suite and which ones you will eat out.
And, because you’re really thrifty and savvy, find out what types of restaurants are in your destination and check to see if they have a website.
If so, you can see if they have a menu on their site or at least given an idea of what their meal prices are, and read reviews. No sense going to a pricey restaurant if people who have visited before say it isn’t worth the money.
Then, you add a little extra for emergencies. That way, you know you have enough money.
No Huge Credit Card Bill
Traveling on a budget means you don’t have to worry about running up the credit card bill or how you’re going to pay that bill off. By using a budget, you’ll only put the things you absolutely have to on the card.
If you have to use the credit card number to hold a room or other reservation, you can make sure it is understood that it is simply to hold the room, and you will be paying for the room with a check or traveler’s check.
Finding Good Accommodations at a Good Price
Traveling on a budget means you are willing to “settle” for something a little less expensive, but it didn’t mean you’ll have to sleep in a “dump.” Rather, you’ll stay a little further away from your destination, or find a less-expensive hotel that still offered a continental breakfast.
One word here about continental breakfasts. If they mainly consist of pastries, sweet cereals, and things you would not normally serve your family simply because you know everyone would be suffering a sugar crash by 10 in the morning, then they aren’t a good deal.
If this is the case, you will want to find a grocery store (not a convenience store) and purchase cereal, milk, microwaveable breakfast sandwiches, and fresh or canned fruit.
The money you spend will be minimal compared with what you would have to buy on extra snacks to offset the mid-morning slump.
Traveling on a budget means you will actually have a little more to spend than you thought because you budgeted so well. If that is the case, you can decide whether or not you want to eat an extra meal out as a treat or visit one more attraction.
Or just save it for the next vacation.