How to Plan a Cheap Vacation

How to Plan a Cheap Vacation
Almost everyone wants and needs to get away at least once a year on some type of vacation. Don't cancel your vacation because you think it's going to be too expensive. With some creative thinking and preplanning, you should be able to have a vacation and a memorable time, too. It might take a little research but you'll be able to pack your bags with dollars to spare.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Planning a Cheap Vacation

Things You’ll Need:
  • Camping tent
  • Camping tent
Step 1
Figure out where you want to go on vacation and when you want to go there. Narrow down your search area to make the planning process a bit easier.
Step 2
Consider a camping trip and a tent as your housing. The nightly price for a campsite and the price of the tent will be a quarter of the price of what you'd pay for a motel room.
Step 3
Contact a state or federal park in the area you want to visit. Inquire about their nightly charges, recreational activities offered and their price. Ask the park to mail you information about their park and services.
Step 4
Plan on cooking your own food while on vacation and not eating out. Write down a menu of all the meals you will need and their ingredients. Purchase them at your local grocery store before you leave.
Step 5
Purchase a basic tent that will cover your needs but won't pinch your pocketbook. Use items you have at home for your bedding, lighting and cooking supplies. Don't spend money you don't need to. If you can use something you already have at home for the trip, use it and don't buy new.
Step 6
Consider doing recreational activities at the park or areas around it. Fees to rent canoes, bikes or other park items are usually inexpensive. There are free activities, too, such as swimming, hiking, fishing and visiting exhibits within the park.
Step 7
Contact the local Chamber of Commerce for information regarding the area where you want to stay. Ask for information about local attractions, parks or anything else they feel is worth visiting. Stay away from big-ticket attractions.

Tips & Warnings

 
Nightly fees for a campsite usually average anywhere from $15 to $25 per night depending on where you camp. You will save a bunch of money just by bringing your own food.
 
Nightly fees for a campsite usually average anywhere from $15 to $25 per night depending on where you camp.
 
You will save a bunch of money just by bringing your own food.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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