Summer will be here before you know it and so will that trip to Florida you've been yearning for all winter long. While you might not have stashed as much money as you'd set out to, you can still have a great time without breaking the bank. Here are four ways to save money while you're on vacation.
1. Pack your own lunches
The price of a nice meal out isn't terrible these days. Even in exotic places like Hawaii, you can find affordable options somewhere between the sandy beaches and surf shops. According to USA Today, casual dining in Hawaii will run you less than $10. Fine dining varies from $35 to $100.
Still, if you're feeding a family of four, even casual dining can accumulate to be around $50 a day. Save your hard-earned money by picking up items from a local store to make in your hotel room. Then, put your money toward windsurfing or some other adventure!
2. Avoid souvenir pitfalls
CNN compiled a list of souvenir no-nos to save you from giving someone a terrible gift. However, it's also a great resource to cutback on spending. Skip the last-minute airport gift shopping to avoid impulse purchases. You should also avoid big stuffed animals, alcohol and sports jerseys.
In general, try to avoid gift shops altogether. It's good to have a piece of memorabilia from your favorite vacation, but even better to have an awesome memory.
3. Embrace public transportation
If you're planning a sojourn in Paris or some other major city, then skip the taxis. They'll cost you a pretty penny - or Euro. Instead, capitalize on the public transportation offered in many major U.S. cities and those abroad.
Don't shy away from ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft if you aren't near any trains or buses. These options are typically cheaper than a regular taxi.
4. Find free museum days
Look around to see if any museums in the area are free. In Boston alone, there are more than 10 establishments that don't charge admission one designated day of the week. According to Free Museum Day, you can tour the Museum of Fine Arts in Beantown for whatever price you wish on Wednesday evenings.
At the very least, you'll be able to save on admission at most places if you bring along a AAA card, student ID or some other qualifying form of identification. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is free to anyone with the name Isabella.
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