After two years of isolation and exploring the backyard, families are eager to travel again. But higher travel costs are daunting the prospects of hitting the road this summer. Yet, with only a few weeks of summer left, is there still an opportunity to travel without breaking the bank? The cost of fuel and the large number of travelers have made road trips, flights and hotel stays prohibitively expensive for many families. A few tips can make the possibility of family travel more affordable.
Choose Your Destination Wisely
Choosing a second-tier destination rather than first choices like Disney or New York City can make a big difference. Instead, think of local beaches and lakes, mountain destinations outside of those most visited, or smaller cities with great attractions like Chattanooga instead of Nashville or Waynesville, North Carolina instead of Asheville. Staying in Lake Oswego or Beaverton takes the pain out of the costs of hotels in Portland, Oregon. Airfares have actually been decreasing since the peak prices of the spring and early summer, so be sure to check on current pricing versus what you earlier found.
Use Public Transportation
The cost of rental cars is through the roof this year as low vehicle inventories have pushed pricing up severely. However, many destinations have excellent bus, tram, and train systems or are very pedestrian-friendly spots to visit.
Take advantage of travel discounts and points
Been saving those frequent flier miles and hotel points for a couple of years? Now is the time to use them. Sign up for reward points, and check out available programs with the clubs and programs to which you already belong.
The great out of doors may not be free, but camping is typically a much less expensive alternative to a hotel. Although renting an RV is more expensive than in the past, it is still an affordable choice compared to most city stays and allows for food costs to be held in check.
Use a travel advisor
One of the best pieces of advice ever is to use a travel advisor each and every time you travel. Regardless of your destination, travel professionals have their ear to the ground for good values, and they are researching travel every day. They can assist you in finding the best possible suppliers and destinations for your summer vacation.
We have all been at home too much in the recent past, and it’s possible to hit the road without breaking the bank. Let’s go have some fun together!