Ways to Save On Your Vacation
You and your family have scrimped and saved enough money for your dream trip to Melbourne. However, you want to make sure that there is some extra money for extras. What else can you do to get the max for the minimum? Here are some ways to save on your expenses.
Travel during the off season- Hotels, attractions and food expenses are usually less expensive during this time.
Renting a house- Look at various sites that rent out homes for vacation rentals and compare them to hotel rooms. If you decide on renting a home, buying groceries for meals should be cheaper than eating out all of the time.
Attractions- Be on the lookout for coupons, free days, half price admission to sights that you want to see. Then plan on going on those days. Some membership cards to various places or credit cards might give you a discount, too.
Souvenirs-Try to buy 1 souvenir per attraction. If you buy them on your way out of an attraction, it will give you time to see all of your options before choosing. It also means that you don't have to lug them around all day.
Hotel stays- If you choose to stay in a hotel ask for at least a refrigerator in the room. You can store milk, drinks and other perishable items. Since eating out for 3 meals per day can eat up more than half of your vacation budget, think about renting an efficiency suite at a hotel. You could have breakfast there, a late lunch at a restaurant and then snack or a small meal back at your suite.
Snacks at attractions are costly. Pack your own and carry them with you. Juice boxes, water and snack bars will combat the hunger pangs that arise.
Try to put up at nearby the attractions that you are visiting. That way, you can either walk or take public transportation to your stay.
Use the hotel's amenities as much as possible such as a pool, washing machines, gym or game room.
If you are interested in specific destinations, check-in to the tours by Melbourne Charter and Bus Service. They have a vast number of tours available for individuals and groups. Now, you can visit some of the historical or cultural sites without the hassle of renting a car or the parking fees associated with it. Melbourne Charter has winery tours, shopping excursions and city tours available. The only requirement that you need to meet is making a reservation and hopping on board. If your group is large enough, you can charter the entire bus and set up your own adventure. Melbourne bus charter is also available for pickup and delivery of your party at the airport. Their coaches are roomy, air conditioned and have large windows for viewing. You receive all the comforts of home without getting lost.
Not everything goes as planned during a vacation, so remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the hiccup in your plan. This is supposed to be a vacation, not a marathon on how many places you can see. Take some time to enjoy with your family and experience some new and exciting things together. Don't forget to take pictures along the way so that years from now, you can sit back and reminisce the moments. Now that you have saved some money on your vacation, you have a little extra to splurge on an expensive restaurant, a great souvenir or a start for your next excursion.