Travel costs can be cut drastically if you are more interested in having fun than living in the lap of luxury. We travel on vacations for two basic reasons, to escape our daily lives, or to do something different. If you are more interested in a luxury hotel than doing exciting things, then spend your money that way. However, if you really, really wanna have some fun in the sun, doing things like scuba diving, hiking along active volcanic rims, zip-lining over lush rain forests, or whatever else interests you and your travel mates, save your money for the funner things in life.
If you can live with staying in cheaper accommodations, and forego your 5-star hotel’s luxurious rooms and the extra staff, all of whom expect tips for over-priced goods and services, you can stay at a cheaper, 2-star hotel and use the savings to have loads of fun!
In order to make up for some of the hardships of staying in a sub-primma donna hotel, You could bring your own 1,000 thread count, Egyption cotton bed sheets with you, in order to keep up the finer part of sleeping, which makes staying at a cheaper hotel, or, yes, even a motel. Hopefully, if the weather helps out and the stars align with Venus, you will not be spending much more time in your room than to sleep, eat, shower and change anyways.
Sure, it’s nice to stay at the Waldorf, but sometimes it’s better to stay at a Howard Johnson’s, and use the saved money for deep-sea fishing excursions, whale watching, scuba diving, jeep or motorcycle rentals and whatever else is popular for where you are vacationing. While you are in the savings mood, there are other ways to cut travel costs without cutting fun, more savings to be made to have even more money for the funner things in life.
If you have already decided that a rental vehicle will be required for your vacation, whether as the means of getting to your destination, or for use while at your destination, like Hawaii, you can rent an older, cheaper vehicle. Hey, if it breaks down, you get a replacement anyways, right? You can buy a map, a compass and use your phone’s GPS application to map out a great hike, as opposed to hiring a guide, or taking the dreaded guided tour.
Having more fun while traveling can be accomplished near home as well, with a camping trip to a nearby State or Provincial Park, private campground, or at that backwoods spot your grandparents used to camp at. For the cost of a cruise, or a week at Disney World, you could rent an RV and travel the country, from the Rockies to the Grand
Canyon, or even down to Central America. Instead of flying over America, you get to live it.
When the idea is to have fun while vacationing, not to travel halfway around the world just to stay in a fancy hotel and stay there for the whole vacation, sometimes that means having to stay in less fancy hotels, eating in cheaper restaurants and fast-food joints, renting wrecks and spending your vacation money on where you have fun, not where you sleep.
Have fun. Travel safe, travel informed.