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How to Vacation on a Budget and Still Have Fun

If you have ever vacationed than you know that vacations can be expensive, especially if you are vacationing with a family of 3 or 4. Here are some tips on how to survive the vacation season.

The first thing you have to understand is that vacationing on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to stay in a sleazy motel in a deserted area. There are tons of families who enjoy great vacations every year for a fraction of what it could cost. The secret is to plan ahead and figure out how much you can realistically spend on your vacation. The most important things to include are activities, clothing, transportation, and lodging.

Activities can vary greatly. Booking a vacation that includes a golf outing, shopping tour or dining out activities can get expensive pretty quick. If golfing is your thing you might consider an off season golfing trip. During the off season the rates are much lower. This will also offer you the opportunity to golf at a better facility.

Clothing for guys this isn’t a big deal, most men can put on a T-shirt and some shorts and they are good to go. For women, it’s another story. Women, tend to feel they can’t wear the same outfit twice in one vacation. The secret here is to mix and match or to stay in a facility that offers a washing machine. This way you can pack just a few items and recycle them.

More often than not you will find that you need to stay over the night. The best way to save on this is to plan ahead. As soon as you know the date of your vacation, this is the time to start looking for bargain travel deals. Call hotels in the area and figure out which ones have the cheapest rates. The same holds true for transportation (Planes, trains or bus).

*Planning ahead will also offer you the liberty of  stretching out you budget,  paying cash for most of your expenses.

NOTE: Many years ago I discovered a solution that allowed me and my family the opportunity to enjoy sunny Florida every year for less than half the cost that most would pay. I originally took advantage of family. My brother was a resident, and it was virtually a given that I “Must” stay at his house. This was a great time. But as my family got older, we had to figure something else out. As it would go I found out about time share bargain trips (Yes, you have to go through the presentation but as a common sense thinking human, it was easy for me to say, “No thank you.”) As time moved on, a few of my family members purchased time shares. This allowed me the opportunity to not only vacation with them but to also stay in their 2 and 3 bedroom villas absolutely free. I eventually purchased my own and know I offer my older children the same budget trips that I enjoyed for so many years.

Last but not least, just say no. Unfortunately there will come a time when you may have to turn down a vacation.  Life happens. Just be honest with yourself. Make plans to enjoy a “staycation,” enjoying all the amenities that your local area has to offer. Your family will understand. Just have fun that is what matters most.

Donald Payne Author/Entrepreneur and the creator of Payneless Advice – Whole life Success. “Life is what you make it”

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