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How can I save money while on vacation?

How can I save money while on vacation?

Vacations are costly, even if you start planning months before your vacation. While you are on the trip food, activities, and nightlife can get costly. Whether you don’t want to break the bank while on vacation or want to practice affordable ways to travel, these tips can help you save money.   


Private transportation services like Ubers, Lyfts , and cabs can add up. Even with features such as price splits and XL cars, these options can cost you big money. It is important to research your location so that you can price out the best form of transportation. Options include shuttles to popular places or airports, public city trains and busses, and even renting a car.     


Activities can be the highlight of a trip. When vacationing, excursions are a great way to make the most out of your time. There are websites and apps such as Groupon and LivingSocial where you can search activities for a cheaper price. Another way of saving money is to mix in free things to do in your agenda. Museums may be free on certain days or there may be a free event in a park. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the place you are visiting and make great memories.       


Experiencing different foods around the world is a big advantage of traveling. Buying food can take up a big percentage of your budget. Formal and fancy restaurants are fun but exploring different types of restaurants can save money. Local restaurants are a nice way to taste the town. Cooking or packing foods such as breakfast, lunch, and snacks can be ideal when trying to save money. If your accommodations allow it, this is a great option.         

Disclaimer: The use of company names is for clarification purposes and does not indicate endorsement by University of Illinois Extension.

Written by Taleah Thomas, Financial Wellness for College Students Peer Educator, University of Illinois Extension, Spring 2020. Reviewed by Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension.

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