We’ll be the first to admit that we are in no means living in the lap of luxury. We save up for our trips and try to get the best deals possible. Here are a few ways we were able to save money on our most recent vacays.
Last Minute Deals
When we went to Mexico we booked the trip less than one month prior to our departure date. We went through a smaller airliner website and were able to browse through their hotels, flights and vacation packages. It pays off to check out the “Last Minute Deals” section because you can end up saving lots of money and landing an amazing holiday!
Sort by Price: Lowest to Highest
Seeing the cheapest holidays first is always the best because you can gauge your budget this way. Now, if the cheapest hotel is a 2 star hotel then keep browsing, but you should be able to find something you like on the first page or so, keeping your costs down!
Hotel vs. Resort
If your destination permits, opt for a simple 4-5 star hotel as opposed to a 4-5 star resort. Your costs will be cheaper for accommodations. Also try to get a European plan or Breakfast plan, as opposed to an All-Inclusive. The prices tend to be significantly higher for All-Inclusive bundles when it is unnecessary. When we were in Mexico we had a hotel, not resort and a breakfast plan and we found this much more convenience and cost-effective. We were able to eat and drink when and where we wanted. We could check out awesome new restaurants and spots without feeling guilty for already paying for food through an all-inclusive plan, and if we just weren’t very hungry we could opt for a small snack instead of a meal and again, didn’t have to feel guilty because we paid for all-inclusive.
Purchase Excursions Once You’ve Arrived
It was very tempting for me to “add to cart” all of the exciting excursions and tours I could have purchased during my online checkout. I did purchase one excursion for both of us which was a day trip to Tulum, but all of the other exciting stuff we did in Mexico was purchased in Mexico! It was much cheaper and they had some great promo’s going on for last-minute stuff! (Gotta love last minute stuff).
Don’t Upgrade Your Room
Unless you plan on spending a lot of time in your room it just isn’t worth it. Take the money you would spend on that and use it for a tour or day-trip or just put it in savings for your next vacay! We got the most basic room we could and it was perfect. It was beautifully decorated, modern, air conditioned, stand-up shower, TV, room safe and balcony! That’s all we really needed. Upgrading your room could cost you hundreds of dollars extra which you really could spend on something else.
Don’t Buy The First Trip You See!
Research a little bit before purchasing your next holiday. There may be cheaper sites, cheaper dates (if you’re flexible) or even promos going on. Keep a few tabs open on your browser or get your partner or friend to help you with the search. Once you’ve found your best deal lock it in and you’re booked!
Know of any other tips that we didn’t mention? Drop us a comment below to share your knowledge! Happy travelling!