Travel is one of the top choices for seniors to do once they enter retirement. Tips on how to save money on travel the next time you take a vacation.
TRAVEL SAVING IDEAS
Instead of booking a high-end hotel room, choose instead a less expensive room in a motel that offers a free continental breakfast. You will save $9 to $12 plus tip by not dining at a sit-down restaurant. That's a cool savings of $63 to $84+ for seven days alone, $168 for the normal two week vacation.
Take a sack lunch that you make in your room before leaving for the day and save even more.
Drive 60 miles per hour and get better gas mileage on tires that are inflated to the correct capacity. No jack-rabbit starts or aggressive driving either. (Turning off your air conditioner will not get you better gas mileage experts say.)
Filling the gas tank for one person to drive several hundred miles could be more expensive than taking a comfortable motor coach. It isn't for everyone. I happen to like stopping when I want and taking little side-trips. But for many, this is a great option.
SWAP YOUR HOUSE!
This is an innovative idea that has been getting a lot of attention over the past several years. It's called house swapping. The easy explanation is: If you own a home in or near a popular vacation destination you can swap your house for someone else's house for your vacation.
For instance, if you live in Florida and want to visit Italy, chances are there is someone in Italy you can exchange your house with for a pre-determined amount of time. And it's cheaper than an extended stay at a hotel. Everyone wins.
Find a reputable company that offers house swaps and save on vacations.
Stay in motels with kitchenettes to save on the cost of dining out every night.
Share Lodging Expenses...
Sharing the cost of a house on a beach or cabin in the mountains with friends or family is a great way to save money on vacation lodging. You can get the real feel of the area and live among the locals. Additionally, making some of your own meals makes this option very affordable.
Do you long to dip your toes in cool ocean water, or walk along the sand of a pristine beach at sunset?
Perhaps you prefer the call of the wild in the Northern Rockies where wildlife abounds among inviting meadows and dense forests.
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NOTE: One of the top things to do in retirement has always been travel