Here's some great news for people living a frugal lifestyle: you don't have to give up great vacations! There are plenty of ways to go on destination vacations on the cheap, and though many frugal sites will insist you go camping to save money, you just might be able to see Disneyland, explore the national parks, and even visit a foreign country on a very tight budget. Interested? Read on!
Occasionally, you have to spend money to save money. Entertainment coupon books are one great example of this. Though they are usually full of coupons you could never use due to the extravagant amount of money you would have to spend in order to use all the coupons, there are times when they are useful. For instance, perhaps your family of five wants to go to Disneyland, and the $35 entertainment book has hotel and park passes for half price, saving you a total of $1000 on the whole trip. That's definitely worth the cost!
Buy airline tickets way in advance, if you want great deals on the seats. Guaranteeing business in the future is a smart financial move for companies, so airlines usually offer lower prices the further you buy ahead of time. Of course, you'll need to be sure that you can definitely go during the time you buy the tickets for, or else you will have wasted money (so check their cancellation policies first if you have any doubts).
Off-season travel is significant less expensive than traveling during the more touristy times of year. Instead of visiting the beach during the summer, when it will be overcrowded and the hotels overpriced anyway, why not enjoy its beauty during the winter or spring? Another option is to purchase package deals for hotel, entertainment, and airfare; often, these end up coming out cheaper than just buying airfare for your whole group.
And there are ways to travel for free, as well! If you are willing to be a tour guide in a foreign country, some companies have programs where you can fly and stay for free. You'll have to take people around to all the interesting locations, and do some brushing up on your local history, but even that is a great chance to learn more about a destination and not even feel like the biggest tourist there!
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