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Money Saving Tips to Extend Your Vacation Budget

Travel Team | May 6, 2022

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Family enjoying breakfast at a hotel on vacation.

It seems like a long time since we’ve been able to travel, doesn’t it? Family vacations have been put on hold for what feels like forever. And now that the travel industry is opening back up, we all want to get back out there and start making some family memories. But traveling is expensive, so how can you protect your vacation investment and extend your budget? Here are a few tips to consider.

Meal Planning

Eating out can be expensive and sometimes it is hard to agree on a place everyone likes. Many families for years have planned on eating breakfast and lunch in their vacation rental and going out for dinner. However, dinner is typically the busiest meal for restaurants and the timing can interfere with your sightseeing plans. Consider having lunch out before you embark on your activities. Get in and get out and then relax at the end of your day with a simple meal of sandwiches or delivery pizza. You can save money, avoid crowds, and potentially prevent evening meltdowns or ending your plans early.

Built-in Savings

Dad giving piggy back to daughter in the park.

When you’ve spent a ton on travel, housing, and tickets to tourist attractions, it can be stressful when everything has extra fees tied to it. Some simple ways to avoid this or stretch that budget include:

  • Take advantage of the perks at accommodations. Daily breakfast, eat up! Snacks in the evening, take part! Movies by the pool, attend and enjoy! You’ve already invested in the accommodations, so take advantage of everything that is included.

  • Reuse souvenirs. If you visit a place regularly, think about packing some of the souvenirs away a few weeks after you get home and only take them out when you return to your favorite vacation site. Think of things like light-up toys, beach toys, or kites. When you pull them back out, they’ll feel special since they haven’t been used each day and can help cut back on the extra expense of new souvenirs.

Invest to Save

Spending to save sounds counterintuitive, but it could be a big money saver. Travel protection won’t prevent travel disruption, but it will help you plan your trip knowing that you have some built-in protection for unexpected scenarios. Find out more about trip protection from Seven Corners and its 24/7 support.

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