How Do You Pinch Pennies When Traveling?

As summer has arrived, many travelers are making their way across the globe for summer vacations. While it can seem expensive to take a trip, there may be some ways to save. How do you pinch pennies when you travel? Share your tips and tricks for vacation planning on a budget in the comments section below for this week's Hopkins Happenings Question of the Week.

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ANDY July 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

The best way to enjoy a rememable Vacations or get aways is PLANNING. My Wife and I always plan our vacations at least a year in advance. I fine this will give you time to plan and save around life normal leaving exspenses through out the year, So when its time to take your vacation your not finacially stressed and everything is paid in full DEPT FEE.


Bonnie C July 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

We were able to afford a nice 2-week vacation in Ireland a few years back to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We stayed in bed & breakfast accommodations instead of huge hotels, rented a car in advance (which gave us a discount), and ate dinner each night at a local pub instead of fancy restaurants. We experienced a truer flavor of Ireland, since we were mingling with more locals than tourists, and even got a few nice tips on places to visit while we were there.

However, our recent trip to San Francisco fell apart when the government decided to close all services. Most of the attractions we had planned to see were closed (some we had paid admission in advance and had to get refunds). So we had to be impulsive and found lower cost alternatives to what we had planned. Not as exciting, and a bit more anxiety-producing, but still a pretty good vacation.

Planning ahead is the best way to maximize your budget. It may not be as exciting as impulse traveling, but it takes some of the anxiety out of the trip, since you know what your expenses should be.


Lauren June 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm



CAF June 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

The staycation is by far the cheapest option for needed time off. Catch up on your laundry, your other chores and your marriage without the need to renew your passport or obtain a visa.
Seriously though, the cheapest way to travel and have a great trip is to bring a cooler, purchase groceries as you normally would and thus don't eat at restaurants. Sandwiches and salads can be fine cuisine. Bring a folding cot if you have young kids so everyone can share a single hotel room and book cheaply. Make a daily budget and absolutely stick to it. Memories are what matter, not trinkets. My family and I travelled the U.S., Canada and western Europe this way and it was very affordable.


Gaelle June 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

We use the taxes refund. Our paycheck get deducted taxes as single, not married and no kids, but we are filling jointly and obviously declare our kid. Hence we pay HUGE taxes both my husband and I. But we know that come April, we get the checks back and we can plan our vacation accordingly.


Debbie June 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

No tip for saving money on vacation except to not take one when you cannot afford it. I took 3 days off at the beach 2 years ago. That is my budget.


Yohanna peters June 27, 2014 at 8:44 am



Elizabeth Rodriguez June 27, 2014 at 8:18 am

We try to stay at a hotel that has at least a small kitchen with a fridge and microwave. That way we can at least breakfast and snacks are taken care off.


marilyn carroll June 27, 2014 at 6:35 am

We fill a cooler with breakfast & lunch items. And drinks(much cheaper at home). and lots of snacks! Park the car and walk where we have to go (great excerice) ! Enjoy your trip!


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