Good vacations take planning. Booking nice accommodations and expertly arranging your transportation in advance pays off, but few of us have that kind of time. The team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services has some great money saving tips to help you plan a low budget last minute vacation.
Search for "Last Minute Vacations"
Look up "last minute vacations" online and you'll get more results than you even want. Kayak, Sunwing, selloffvacations, Redtag, Tripcentral, Flight Center and many more websites will all promise you a great trip at the best price, and will probably deliver on their promise. They serve a ton of people and cover beautiful destinations around the globe. Explore and price compare: there's a lot out there.
Famous for affordable private accommodation around the world, Airbnb has revolutionized travel. Instead of staying in a hotel for $200 to $400 per night, you can have an entire apartment, condo or house to yourself for less than $100 if you do a little digging on their website. Airbnb lets you select your dream accommodations based on where you want to go, what you want to pay, and amenities you enjoy. With a strong review culture providing checks and balances, maps, and the ability to communicate with homeowners, Airbnb is doing it right -- especially for last minute vacationers.
Eat in, stay in
By far the biggest cost in travel is food. Well, and booze. And accommodation. And flights. And tips. And that little extra checked baggage and seat selection fee. Okay, so food is one of many costs. But food is one that can be managed. Get a place with a kitchenette and eat in. A bottle of wine at the liquor store is always 50% less than at a restaurant. If you get a place with a balcony, you can even save money on shows and entertainment.
Right Place, Right Time
This final point covers a variety of cost-saving tips that are all about timing. Low season is always cheaper, so if you dream of going somewhere specific, go in low season. You might run into an August hurricane in Cuba, but it will be an incredibly cheap trip. Flying indirectly adds time to your travels, but can cut a flight's cost by a third. And don't forget to consider your destination's economy. Greece, for example, is begging the EU for debt relief at the moment. That means they need tourists. Santorini is particularly beautiful and a steal of a trip right now.
The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes that these money saving tips help you plan a low budget last minute vacation. For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website.