Have you noticed that six months of 2017 are already history! Yes, we are half way through the year. It’s the end of July and the height of the summer travel season. Have you taken any time yet to getaway and unplug? If have you, that’s wonderful. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Adults need a break from the daily grind. Our kids too need refreshing before returning to school. Most kids by now are either tired of camp, bored lounging around the house or frowning at those back to school ads that are starting to pop up everywhere. So the consensus is the family needs a break! Staycacations can be great but a change of scenery can do wonders. It’s not too late to getaway for the summer. We have a few tips to help you leave home and recharge without going broke!
1 – Be Flexible. If your schedule isn’t too tight then be flexible about when and where to travel. Avoid peak travel times. Stay away from traveling on the weekend when prices go up.
2 – Road Trip. Do you have a reliable car? Live near a national park? Then hit the road! Gas prices have been low this year. Before leaving home, you can plan ahead on the cost of gas by using sites like GasBuddy or AAA. Remember to pack the car with food and beverages so you are not stopping to buy snacks along the way.
3 – Weekday Travel. If you are flying, try to book your airfare for a Tuesday or Wednesday. Sites like Cheapair.com will help you find the days that are cheaper to fly. Keep in mind that along with lower airfare, hotel rates generally trend lower midweek as well as car rental fees.
4 – Look for Freebies. Hotels often have specials were kids stay and eat for free. Holiday Inn has a program for kids that may be worth looking into. Many hotels have free breakfast or an afternoon reception. Most museums are free one day of the week. Cities like Washington, DC and New York have a number of historic sites that are free to visit.
5 – Look for Discounts. Groupon and LivingSocial are not just for local activities. Both sites offer getaway packages. Also when you decide on a destination, check what activities you may enjoy while saving money at the same time. Some activities offer reduced admission if booked online. Don’t forget about military, company or association discounts. Also, some tours offer a discount for eating at a particular restaurant.
6 – Keep it Simple. Don’t overlook a destination or experience just because it doesn’t have bells, whistles and glitter. One of my favorite tourist activities is riding a double decker hop-on/hop-off bus! Those bus tours are a great way to see and learn the highlights of any city. Pack a poncho because it seems to always rain near the end of the tour! Remember it’s about recharging and quality time with loved ones.