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How to go on vacation without spending a lot of money

By Mason White 3:05 PM January 11, 2017
Family at the beach (illustration)
By: Wayne Morin

Taking a vacation every now and then is not a luxury as it very important for every person to take a break from the stresses of everyday life and have a change of scenery.

People tend to get depressed after being in the same routine for long periods of time. Taking a vacation will help you rejuvenate, and function better at home and at work.

Going on vacation does not have to be expensive. Here are some tips that will help you save money while enjoying yourself at your destination.

Travel off-season. This will save a lot of money on logging and entertainment, and you won’t have to wait on long lines at attractions or compete for a seat at the top restaurants as places are less crowded.

Book a vacation rental apartment rather than a hotel room.

There are many money saving benefits to this, as apartments are cheaper and bigger. They may be a 10 minute or so walk to the main attractions, but the money savings makes the walk worth it.

Apartments have full kitchens. The kitchens are usually equipped with an electric stove top, a percolator, cups, cooking utensils, pots and pans.

Make sure to check that the apartment has a full size refrigerator and freezer.

When you arrive at your vacation spot, look for the supermarkets where the local residents shop. Don’t shop at the groceries or convenience store in the tourist area.

Then, buy all the food that you will need for the duration of your trip.

Prepare your own sandwiches and snacks to take along when you go out touring as food prices at tourist destinations are very expensive.

Cook your own meals. Although you may not be in the mood of cooking while you are on vacation, the savings will be huge and well worth it.

If you have to buy souvenirs or gifts to take home,
go to stores where the locals shop rather than at the tourist destinations in order to realize big savings.

Use local transportation. Don’t just get into a taxi and waste your money. Instead, check the Internet for the schedules of the local buses and trains to your destinations.

Before leaving for the vacation, put aside some spending money. Be realistic on how much you can spend.

When you are on vacation and you relax, you might be tempted to spend more money. Don’t do it, stick to your budget and only use cash instead of credit cards.

Look for free entertainment as some governments provide shows, concerts and free admission to museums among other perks to attract tourists.