Ideas For Getting The Most Out Of Your Vacation Budget

Visiting a new place is an exciting experience but can be quite nerve-wracking, even for seasoned travelers. Before you hit the road or take to the skies, take a look at our tips to make traveling more fun and less stressful.

Make sure you leave extra valuables at home. The more you take with you, the higher your chances of losing the items. Even worse, they could be stolen.

Anytime you are going to be driving to a different city before going on a cruise, check to see if there is a hotel that has fee parking, and get there the night before. Ask the hotel’s staff when it comes to parking deals even though none are published.

Make a packing list. Well in advance, you need to craft a clear list of everything that you are going to need. Even if you end up packing at the last minute, this will help you remain organized and avoid unnecessary clutter.

If you are on a short or long flight, don’t expect the airline to supply your essentials. Make sure you bring along a blanket, pillow and if you will use them, headphones. You may also want to pack along a few snacks so you can have something substantial to eat during your flight.

Get a good workout in before leaving on a flight. A long flight can be extremely boring. Not to mention the effects sitting for long time can have on your body. Stretching or doing a quick workout prior to flying can eliminate or lower your risk of getting soreness or leg cramps.

Take clothespins along the next time you travel. Clothespins can be useful when you are traveling.

Early in your trip planning process, check whether you’ll need a visa for any of the locations you’ll be visiting. If a visa will be required, apply for it early. Sometimes visas take weeks or even months to process, so it’s best to be prepared ahead of time. You will face serious problems and delays when you do not have the necessary visa for the country you are visiting.

Sometimes, the best way to deal with a red-eye flight is to have a sleeping pill to take once you are settled on the plane. Some people have a lot of trouble sleeping on planes due to the unfamiliar people, uncomfortable seating, and noise level. Try taking sleeping pills to make your flight go by more quickly. You do not want to take the pills right before you take off, because if there is any type of problem or delay, you need to be alert.

If you are going to vacation at a National Park you should get a National Park season pass. For fifty dollars, you can visit all the parks all year long.

Hopefully you can plan and enjoy a better trip than before making use of the tips from this article. No matter your level of travel experience, you can look forward to a great trip.

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  • Harlan Calix 21st November 2013 at 2:07 am

    Im 13 and am going to Sierra vista Arizona for. A week and really need a packing list PLEASE HELP! I need a complete checklist because I forget stuff a lot!

  • Camellia Licor 22nd November 2013 at 11:35 am

    Me, my wife, and 9 year old daughter are going to Orlando in about 2 weeks. We are staying for 6 days. We have already booked and paid for our hotel and flights. I have no idea how much spending money I should bring? How much should we budget for food?

    We are planning 3 days of parks (although un-decided on which ones) and spend 3 days lounging at our hotel.

  • Kylie Bohonik 22nd November 2013 at 9:12 pm

    The budget is going to be around about 3000 for the whole summer and I want more than one idea. I was thinking Washington Dc. We live in North Carolina if you want to give local places.

  • Avery Beckman 24th November 2013 at 12:13 pm

    We are having trouble with our budget and I need to know how to save money in absolutely every way possible! What does everyone do to save money? Thanks!

  • Scotty Wittmann 25th November 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My husband gets back from Iraq next november and wants to go on vacation somewhere quiet and relaxing. All ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Herta Cunniff 26th November 2013 at 4:19 am

    Last year my group had an awesome vacation at the outer banks – unfortunately, it was extremely difficult to find a place that would rent to a non family group under 25 years old. The people that rented to us last year sold the house and I now can’t get in contact with them. I’ve hunted everywhere for a place that would trust us again this year, but I haven’t had any luck. It’s extremely discouraging and by now I would have had everything booked and ready to go. So I’m extremely desperate for some alternative ideas!

    Some details of our group:
    – 8 people total
    – At least a week long vacation
    – We’re unfortunately that “college age” criteria but none of us are full time students, we all work for a living. We’re an extremely mature group, we’ll respect the place like our own and leave it looking better than when we came in.
    – We drink, but not a lot. We’re more a mixed drink crew than party/shot types.
    – We live in Maryland, so we’re looking for something on the east coast, preferably with a nice beach.
    – We’re looking for something affordable. Our budget is between $2000-$3000 (not including gas/food/etc.)

  • Mattie Avon 26th November 2013 at 5:51 pm

    13 year old girl. im going to stay at a condo for 2 weeks at the beach. we already have towels, beach chairs, etc there, and there is a washer and dryer. would you help me create a specific packing list with clothes and stuff? all im doing is mostly beach, and shopping.

  • Kurt Lambourne 27th November 2013 at 9:12 am

    I am looking for any scholarships, grants, or other ideas that could help me raise money for this trip, or even just hints or money-saving tips. Help!!

  • Vanessa Double 27th November 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Next week I’ll be traveling to Colorado Springs. While there the main excursions will consist of white water rafting, zip lining and riding the train to Pikes Peak. Any suggestions/advice on what my packing list should include?

  • Raylene Kornfeld 2nd December 2013 at 12:22 pm

    My family lives in rural Colorado and we are looking for a great vacation. We don’t have a ton of money, but we do save for yearly vacations. Does anyone have any ideas for a great vacation. I have four children, ages 19, 15, 4, and 8 months. My husband and I are in our 40’s and we are up for almost anything. We are looking for something that the whole family would love. Thanks.

  • Berry Kellog 3rd December 2013 at 2:29 am

    We are getting married in June and planned on going to Mexico and spending about $2800, but our budget will not allow that now. I’m looking for a cheap honeymoon that we will still enjoy and love. all inclusive? Mexico? Where would you recommend or NOT reccommend in a small budget of less than $2000? Traveling from Chicago IL, to preferrably Riveria Maya or Cancun Mexico, but I’m open to ideas…
    We would like to go for 5 days.

  • Luciana Vanpatten 3rd December 2013 at 11:43 am

    I am looking for a great little place to take my wife and our (soon to be) one year old son on a quick little getaway to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the later part of June. I am a graduate student so we do have a limited budget. Our anniversary and our sons first birthday are within a couple of days of each other and we want to take a little mini-vacation together to the beach. We live in Memphis and want to head south! Anyone have any suggestions? Any links that you might want to add would be appreciated. Thanks!