How To Save Money on Attractions & Excursions While Traveling

Hello Loves,

Vacation season is officially among us. Yayyy!!! I am very excited because I have a few trips coming up very soon 🙂  and I love traveling to new places.

A fun way to enjoy a your vacation is to explore what the place you are visiting has to offer by taking an excursion or visiting an attraction.  But going on an excursion does not have to cost  an arm and a leg.

Here are a few tips for saving money on excursions I’ve picked up in the past from my own travel experience:

1) Create A Budget

Setting money aside for a vacation with details can work wonders. Allocate a certain amount of funds towards lodging, food, traveling to & from your destination, local transportation, and whatever else you plan to spend your money on.  While you are at it allocate funds towards excursions and attractions. This way you know exactly how much you are willing to spend on the fun stuff.

2) Bring Cash

Depending on where you are traveling to, cards may or may not be an accepted form of payment.  I know you are thinking wait it’s 2018. I know but you would be surprised at the amount of vendors that do not accept cash especially outside of the states.  Also you can probably get a discount or save money by paying with cash even within the states.  Vendors often want to avoid paying those card fees.  Plus if you have cash it will help you stick to your budget more because you will physically see how much money is left as you begin to use it.

3) Do Your Research

Once you decide what excursions you would like to do or attractions you would like to see while on vacation, find out how much the cost is on average. You can search online or talk to people who already experienced the activity you wish to enjoy while on vacation.  A great resource is Tripadvisor.  This website has reviews and advice from real people among a bunch of other things.

4) Name Your Price

I have never purchased an excursion or attraction from a cruise line.  I have never purchased one without checking around to see if I can get it for less either.  Remember to bargain with vendors.  You could end up saving much more money.  Especially if you are traveling with a group you can get discounts, the vendor will get more money because there are more people.

5) Explore Your Surroundings

Maybe you are unsure what you would like to do once you arrive to your destination or you may just wish to wing it.  Take a walk around the area.  Ask questions at the hotel or ask the locals once you leave the port if you are traveling by ship.  (Use your common sense when asking locals, most are friendly but trust your gut always.) The hotel normally has tons of information of what is available to do in the area.  The locals outside of the port normally know what time the ship will leave, and the taxi drivers will help you make it back to the ship on time.  Walking around is free.  You can shop around, take pictures, find the local beach, rent a bike, find local attractions, etc.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Are you going anywhere fun this summer?  What are your tips for saving money when traveling?  Please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Remember you only have one life to live, so live it beautifully, by being you to the fullest.

Peace & Love,

Esther J

In case you missed my other travel blog posts.  Check them out here:

Tips for planning trips

How to pack for trips

How to recover from a vacation


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