Frugal vacation ideas

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Vacation

by Robert W. Belsky

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When you go on vacation, you would like to get the most for your money. Here are a few ways that you can make your money go farther.

  1. Always take food with you to the airport. Most airport food outlets are very expensive.

  2. Many hotels and motels have microwave ovens and small refrigerators in them. You can stop at a supermarket and bring food back to the room instead of going to a restaurant.

  3. Use coupons when you can. Go to, where you can find coupons for more than 6,000 hotels.

  4. Check the websites of airlines before you buy your ticket. Southwest, Jetblue, AirTran and Spirit Air offer cost cutting prices.

  5. If you are over 40, you can stay in private homes for $20 per couple per night. Contact The Affordable Travel Club, 6556 Snug Harbor Lane, Gig Harbor, WA 98335; (253) 858-2172;

  6. If you are flexible in your travel itinerary, take time to really search for a flight. Let's say you want to go from NY to LA. You may want to take a flight from NY to Dallas and Dallas to Los Angeles, for example, instead of flying from NY to LA direct. Sometimes you can save several hundred dollars going the long way.

  7. If you have a family, you may want to try a large vacation home. Go to You can find a three-bedroom, two-bath home with a swimming pool for about $100 per night.

  8. If you rent a car, stop at a fast food restaurant. Then, take your food to a scenic picnic area away from the crowds.

  9. When traveling to New York, seek out greeters. Volunteers will take you on a walking tour of NY for free. Contact the Big Apple Greeters at (212) 669-8159 and they will assign you a greeter for a two to four hour tour.

  10. When traveling to Chicago, contact Chicago Greeters at and they will assign a greeter from a walking tour around Chicago.

These ten tips will save you money on your next vacation.

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