5 tips for saving money while on vacation

5 tips for saving money while on vacation

Breathe a sigh of relief. It’s finally done. You’ve booked the transportation and lodging for that upcoming vacation. But you still need money for the actual trip, and your bank account seems to be struggling to keep up.

Plan to relax on your vacation, not stress over money. Follow these tips to save a few bucks while you travel.

Check your destination’s website

Sure, you’ve checked the official website of the city you’re visiting to make a list of things to do while there. But did you check for deals?

Many cities offer savings for a percentage or dollar amount off of tickets to their main attractions or specials at local restaurants.

Buy a city pass

Some cities offer discount packages for those who plan to visit a number of attractions.

For example, less than $100 for a CityPASS to Chicago grants visitors entrance to five of seven Chicago attractions, including Shedd Aquarium, Willis-Sears Tower Skydeck, Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, 360 Chicago, Adler Planetarium or the Art Institute of Chicago.

Buying tickets to just three of these places costs more than the city passes, so they're perfect for touristy travelers seeking a discount.

CityPASS packages cover 10 major U.S. cities and one region, but some other cities offer similar passes on their websites.

Pack light

Some airlines allow one free checked bag, but charge for additional bags. Packing heavy bags may also result in extra fees for overweight bags.

Driving your own vehicle? Excess weight makes your engine work harder, so your car guzzles gas faster.

Skip the bus tours

Don’t fork over money for a tour where you sit on top of a bus and are stuck on someone else’s schedule — make your own tour! This way, you save a little money and get to spend as much time as you want at each location.

Bring a lunch

Eating out for every meal on a vacation adds up quickly. Grab a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly (or whatever you like on your sandwiches) and a few snacks to keep in your room. Replacing a few meals out with easy packed lunches makes the savings pile up.

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