The baseball season is a grueling six months. It starts with Spring Training in March, and it ends in the beginning of September. There are many games — and only a few days off. When I had two days off for the All Star Break last week, my wife and I took advantage of it.
Being that we’re on the east coast, and I played a summer in Cape Cod, we got in contact with my old host family to see what they were doing. We were able to spend some time with them, catch up, and even get a free place to stay. We managed to have an excellent vacation on a budget. Here’s how.
My wife and I lucked out, as my old host family allowed us to stay with them for free. We got to spend quality time with them during the two days we were on the Cape. Not everyone will have this option, but there are other ways to ensure you don’t spend an arm and a leg on a place to stay.
If you don’t know anyone in the area you plan to visit, Priceline.com is a great way to save on hotels for your trip. You can pick the quality of hotel you’d like and name your own price. This drives prices down significantly. By finding a cheap place to stay, you’ll have more in your wallet for other activities on vacation.
On our trip to the Cape, my wife and I did have to buy some of our own food. But, the great thing about staying with friends is that they even cooked dinner for us both nights! We got home-cooked meals and were able to have private dinners on their deck. This was a great way to spend time with some people we hadn’t seen in a while.
Food can be one of the more expensive parts of going on vacation. Eating out every night can get very spendy. One way to save on food is to make a trip to the grocery store. If you have a refrigerator, you’ll be able to get a lot of food and save some cash. If you do plan on eating out, look for places that offer quality food at a good rate. Remember that hotels often have complimentary breakfast; this can save one trip to a restaurant or café.
The most exciting part about vacation is going on adventures. This could be anything from sightseeing to go-carts with the family. The Cape is one of my favorite places in the country, so I knew we needed to pack a lot of activities into our time. By staying with friends, we had people who knew the area well. In just two days, we went to the beach, shopped downtown, and visited some of my favorite spots around the city.
This is an area where money will undoubtedly be spent. Plan your activities wisely and know your crowd. If you have a larger family, make sure to have something for everyone. Vacations can be great, but crabby family members can put a damper on things. Be thoughtful.
Saving money while taking the vacation of a lifetime can be difficult. My wife and I lucked out by staying with friends on our recent trip to Cape Cod. By following a few tips when it comes to lodging, food, and adventures/activities, you’ll be able to save money and have a great time.
How do you plan affordable vacations?