Planning your summer vacation? Here are some money-saving tips to help plan a budget beach vacation.
Taking a family vacation can be expensive, but the good news is, it doesn’t have to be! Here are some Beautiful Budget Life hacks that will help you have an indulgent vacation at a fraction of the cost!
Beach vacations can be a lot of fun and you can plan a great trip relatively inexpensively too. The best part is the focal point of the vacation—the beach—is FREE! Hotels on the beach can get a little pricey, so here are some tips to get the best deals:
Take your vacation early or late in the season.
Taking a beach vacation in May or late August, even early September, can save a lot of money. June, July, and early August are the peak season for tourists headed to the beach because those are the hottest times, also when most schools are out for summer vacation. Going just before or slightly after the busy season, can save you hundreds of dollars, and, an added bonus of less crowded beaches too!
Don’t stay right on the beach.
You won’t have an ocean view from your room, but it will save you a ton of money! Don’t think that you have to stay several miles away though… many times, you can choose to stay at a hotel across the street. So you will at least be able to hear the ocean and be close to everything. But staying just off the oceanfront view might just allow you to stay an extra day or two with all the money you will be saving!
Know the cancellation policies.
Whether it be your airline or hotel, make sure you know the cancellation policies. If someone were to get sick or some other reason that your family cannot go on vacation, you certainly don’t want to be stuck paying for it. Many times, hotels allow guests to cancel within 24-48hours without any penalty. For airline tickets, it is well worth the small “insurance” fee per ticket to be able to get a refund. It can literally save you thousands of dollars if your entire family is planning on flying. Also check with your hotel and airline about the ability to reschedule your plans. Even if you are not able to get a refund, but you might be able to reschedule with little penalty.
Don’t buy “necessities” on vacation.
Take sand and water toys for the kids with you. Yes, this is just more stuff to pack, but once you get to the water, your kids will love playing in the sand with their buckets and shovels. Don’t forget arm floaties, sunscreen, sunglasses, water shoes, or goggles for the pool either. These items may not seem significant, but if you end up having to buy them once you get to your destination, it will cost a lot more to buy them at the resort than getting them at your local Walmart or dollar store.
Do you research ahead of time.
Plan out the other attractions you want to see while you are at the beach. If you check out the local chamber of commerce or the city visitor’s website, you probably can find out what festivals, concerts, or other community events might be going on during your trip that are free or inexpensive to attend.
If you are planning a vacation to Virginia Beach, you can check out my post on 7 Family Friendly Things to do at Virginia Beach that are Absolutely FREE.