45 Tested Secrets To Help Save On Vacations & Traveling

Thursday, June 3, 2010


1. When vacationing, save on transportation by staying

close to home.

2. Save on film developing and printing by ordering from

mail order firms.

3. Look for banks that offer traveler's checks as a free


4. If you decide to take an ocean cruise, take a "no

frills" freighter.

5. Save on air fares by making arrangements ahead of

time for special discounts.

6. You can also save on air fares by taking night


7. If possible, vacation during the "off season" when

prices drop.

8. If handy with a sewing machine, make your family's

vacation clothes.

9. Eating away from home can be expensive. Travel with

packaged snacks purchased from supermarkets along the way.

10. Discontinue newspaper deliveries while away from


11. Never travel on credit unless you can pay the bills

when due.

12. Rental cars are costly. If possible, drive your own

car while on vacation.

13. Consider sharing vacation homes. It's less costly

than hotels/motels.

14. Investigate "budget motels" that charge less. Get

details from library.

15. A "camping" vacation is fun and inexpensive.

National parks, forest service campgrounds, etc., let you

camp free or for just a small fee a night. Some even

operate "rent-a-tent" programs.

16. Plan in advance. Take proper clothing along for the

climate you will be experiencing so you won't have to

spend vacation money on new clothes.

17. Never borrow to pay for your vacation.

18. On business trips, keep records & receipts for all

deductible expenses.

19. Use toll-free "800" phone numbers to handle your

accommodations. Airlines, railways, bus lines, hotels,

motels, car rental chains, etc., will pay for your calls

when you make reservations.

20. Consider staying at inexpensive hostels. All you

need to bring is your own bath towels and bed linens.

They accept all age groups. For information contact:

American Youth Hostel, 1332 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


21. If you select accommodations with cooking facilities,

you will be able to save considerably on a major expense:


22. When sending picture postcards, use the correct


23. Vacation on a budget...and STICK TO IT!

24. Buy "practical" souvenirs that won't end up at future

garage sales.

25. When traveling with pets, take along a good supply of

their favorite foods.

26. Travel with a portable electric iron for quick,

no-cost press jobs.

27. Carry a hot plate for fast, economical hot snacks.

28. Pack wash 'n' wear clothes and use coin operated


29. Many wash 'n' wear items can be washed by hand in

your motel room.

30. Enjoy picnic-style meals in public parks. Buy food

at supermarkets.

31. Carry a small sewing kit for minor clothing repairs.

Also spot remover.

32. Pack shoe polish and shine your own shoes.

33. Take advantage of the free tourist attractions in

cities and tourist areas such as free gardens, museums,

restored villages, monuments, etc.

34. Pack a small first aid kit and save on minor scrapes,

cuts, bruises, etc.

35. Have an auto checkup from a reliable home-town

mechanic before you leave.

36. Leave pets with friends instead of boarding them at


37. Take advantage of hotels/motels offering special

"family rates".

38. Keep tank filled so you can shop around for lowest

gasoline prices.

39. Check ahead and reserve the most inexpensive


40. You may be able to if your phone is disconnected

while away.

41. Turn off the gas while away from home; also electric

water heater.

42. On business trips, keep mileage record & gas receipts

for tax purposes.

43. If you have friends or relatives in your vacation

area, stay with them.

44. Consider renting an inexpensive camper or mobile


45. consider staying home & doing all the things you

never had time to do.

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