How to save money during your summer vacationUncategorized
On holiday we always leave with the mood and expectation to spend an unforgettable vacation at sea or mountain, and we usually provide a certain amount for this pleasure. However, every sane person tries to make a good estimate of the cost of the holiday and strives to reduce it without depriving himself of the pleasure of the holiday itself.
Ideally, one does not want to think about spending and having sufficient finances for all entertainment, but in reality, we have to take into account many factors and a limited budget. To keep you financially calm while on vacation, we offer some well-proven tips:
Saving the luxury of a hotel does not mean saving the pleasure of a vacation
If you choose accommodation on the Internet and browse through photos of rooms and hotels, keep in mind that you will probably only go home in the evening to sleep. This means that you will only need the essentials for a normal stay at the hotel or guest house – beds, bath, toilet, refrigerator, TV, internet (which is already a given virtually anywhere). Cheaper accommodation does not mean that you will not enjoy your vacation as much as possible.
Bring everything you need at home
Make sure you have all the necessary clothes and accessories in your luggage so you do not need to shop locally. Usually the products in the shops in the resort settlements are more expensive and you will surely have to go further. Even get a first-aid kit with the most commonly used medications, just in case you don’t have to go to a local pharmacy and buy at a high price.
Save extra refills at unfamiliar gas stations
Charge your car up, or as long as you need to travel, before you leave – usually long-distance gas stations have a price difference in fuel. Carry a road network card and you won’t even have to buy it at roadside gas stations.
Drive your car in economy mode
When traveling by car, moderate driving (70-90 km / h) will save you some fuel (about 10-15%). Check the car manufacturer’s recommendations for the most economical speed.
Prepare your meals on the go
During a long trip he always gets hungry. Plan meals at home, or buy ready-made foods from a store near your home. It is never superfluous to prepare your own food for the trip. This will resist the temptation to buy food (usually at higher prices) from gas stations and roadside shops or restaurants.
Shop food instead of going to a restaurant
If you are still on the road and your food is over, you can always stop by a grocery store instead of a roadside establishment, so you will save money and get the same food (maybe more fresh). This will probably save you time waiting for your order at the restaurant.
Find free parking
It is not necessary to leave your car in paid parking, especially if there are free parking spaces nearby. Even if you have to leave your car a few blocks away, a small walk will not hurt you.
Save yourself souvenirs and gifts
Don’t buy souvenirs for all your friends and family at fabulous prices – the same jigsaw puzzles are also sold in your city (or you can order them online), with resort prices being many times more expensive. In addition, few people would appreciate gifts and souvenirs. If you are very keen on gifting souvenirs, it is better to take something practical for your loved ones who you know well and know what they will appreciate.
Limit visits to expensive establishments
You do not have to have dinner at the resort’s most expensive cap every night. Your mood can be great in more casual establishments, and often the most fun and memorable nights happen with good company around your own camping BBQ, which you won’t need to spend a fortune on. Sometimes even on the terrace of the apartment you will have more fun than in the most expensive restaurant.
And finally, remember that you are on vacation to have fun and relax from your daily routine and stress. Do not bother as much as possible with calculating your finances and expenses and enjoy the time spent relaxing and socializing with your loved ones. And if you need additional funds you can easily and quickly get them even while you are in the resort town.