Planning A Cost-effective (carefree) Getaway

Times like these are tricky–the rough economy means that we all have more stress both at work and at home. But the financial state of things also means that many people think that a carefree getaway is simply out of reach. Does that sound about right? Well, you’re not alone. That’s precisely why travel-related industries are suffering.

Consider investigating all-inclusive resorts. Many resorts across the country and around the world offer packages which include all of the upgrades you crave–spa treatments like massages and facials, golfing, and more.

Some beach resorts also include fun activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing, and more. Mountain lodges offer fun summer and winter adventures like horseback riding, skiing, and snowmobiling.

These packages are usually discounted no matter what the economic climate, but these days, they are drastically less expensive than ever.

You might also want to consider finding last-minute deals on vacation packages or at least the flight and/or hotel. You should, of course, make prior arrangements with your employer long beforehand, but wait until the few weeks prior to your scheduled vacation time to book the trip.

If this is the route you want to take, then make a list of a few places you would like to go or at least the types of activities you would like to do.

As the summer is finishing up, you might be particularly interested in visiting the Caribbean or taking a cruise to Mexico, as those are some of the most common destinations for last-minute deals.

Of course, on the flip side of that is to plan far enough in advance. If you have a more specific destination in mind, keep your eyes peeled for the best deals. Use the internet to compare prices and even consider visiting a travel agent to help you make plans.

Sometimes you can save money by splitting the cost of a substantially-sized rental like a villa or a condo. These are usually two to three bedroom homes (or four or five, if you go all-out) which might not be worth the extra money if it’s just you and a significant other.

Many rentals offer the additional amenities of a resort, but they are much more private. Pools, beach access, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and more–and you won’t have to worry about sharing them with strangers.

Plus, they help you save money on your eating-out budget. Just like any home, they include a full kitchen, which you can stock with your own groceries.

Just because times are tough doesn’t mean you have to forfeit a great vacation. You just need to be armed with these great tips and do plenty of your own research. Good luck!