One of the biggest impediments to travel can be the simple cost of it all. But travel doesn’t need to be overly expensive. With a little research and a few budget-savvy choices, that next trip can become more affordable than ever.
1. Cook your own meals.
It’s always fun to explore local cuisine, but an easy way to cut costs is to cook at least some of your meals yourself. Choose easy meals that you’re already familiar with (no need to add stress to your vacation!), or research local speciality shops and get into the spirit of your destination, perhaps by hosting your own Bar-B-Q in Texas or cooking locally sourced seafood in Florida. Call ahead if you’re wondering what kind of grilling or kitchen items are available (we keep many useful items on hand for our guests, which can be borrowed from the front desk).
2. Travel off-season.
If possible, it’s always a great option to travel during less popular times of the year. For example, while summer and winter are extremely popular times to visit Tahoe (and come with long lines and higher prices…) the spring and fall are gorgeous, quieter and much more affordable. Depending on your favorite activities, you may find that travel during less busy times is much more relaxing as well as affordable. For Perennial Vacation Club members, travel to our home resorts during their off-seasons comes with 3 extra nights! (Check with the reservations department about what weeks apply.)
3. Do some research, and watch for deals.
Pre-planning your trip can often reveal many cost-saving options, whether it’s purchasing tickets to parks or shows in advance, or taking advantage of local happy hours. For Perennial Vacation Club members, we often have units available for rent at amazing bargains; right now, in celebration of our 37 years of operation, we’re offering our members rental nights at $37 a night! Contact Reservations to check availability.
4. If you haven’t already, become a member!
Perennial Vacation Club is a wonderful option for many individuals and families looking to travel yearly at affordable prices. Whether you opt for one of the club’s signature resorts or use the exchange program to explore other destinations, membership is one of the best travel deals around. Find more information and contact Patricia, our Director of Member Services, here.
Do you have suggestions for ways to cut vacation costs? Leave a comment below and share your wisdom! And don’t forget to sign-up for our monthly newsletter for more ideas for making your travel budget stretch further!