Summertime is just around the corner and vacation season will soon be in full force. If you’re gearing up for a vacation this summer, here are some simple ways to save money while you travel.
Be Flexible on Location and Dates
The more flexible you are on location and dates, the more likely you’ll be able to save money on your vacation. Start by doing your research. If you want a beach vacation, make a list of three or four options and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Most people think of Hawaii or Florida for a beach getaway, but those areas are usually more expensive because they’re so popular. Consider a vacation on the Oregon coast or the beaches of South Carolina instead. Once you’ve made a list of travel ideas, price out everything from airfare to hotel stay. Airline tickets can fluctuate based on the time you travel so price out a few different flight dates to see when you can get the lowest rates. It’s best to steer clear of busy travel times like holiday weekends.
Avoid Souvenir Shops
Don’t feel obligated to buy armloads of souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Most people are just happy to receive a scenic postcard which usually costs about a dollar or less. It shows you were thinking of them without spending a lot of money on t-shirts or knickknacks.
Look for Deals
Look into finding good deals by calling the Chamber of Commerce in the city you’ll be visiting. They’ll often have special deals for meals, lodging, attraction tickets and more. You can research different deal options online too. Another way to save money while you travel is to stay at a hotel that offers free breakfast every morning. It’s one less meal you have to pay for each day. You may also want to consider an all-inclusive resort which normally includes hotel stay, food and entertainment wrapped up into one price. Depending on where you stay and how much you typically spend on a vacation, all-inclusive resorts can end up being a great deal and make planning a breeze.
Use Credit Card Rewards
If you have a credit card that allows you to earn travel rewards, you can use those rewards to purchase things like airline tickets and hotel stays. If you don’t have a rewards credit card yet, you can apply for Partner Colorado’s Rewards Platinum Visa® where you can earn one point for every dollar you spend. Those points can then be redeemed for certain travel expenses. Learn more and apply online.
No matter where you decide to spend your vacation Partner Colorado can help you finance it with a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). If you own your home, you can take out a line of credit against your home’s equity and use it to help fund your vacation. Right now we’re offering a HELOC with no closing costs and a new rate lock option! Visit our website for more information or call our Total Solutions Contact Center at (303)422-6221.