As much as we love to be on vacation, it’s not cheap for a family of six to afford to hit the road – or sky. And since we do it multiple times a year, people often ask, “How do you do it?” I have a few tricks up my sleeve, and one site I tend to hit up a lot is Groupon. We partnered with them to bring you this sponsored post full of awesome money-saving tips to use on your next vacation!
1. Try to be flexible. The number one way to save money on vacation is to be flexible. We kind of already knew that though! When you search for flights and hotels, you know that a mid-week trip is much cheaper than a weekend one, and off-season is always ideal – plus it’s not as crowded. If you’re really flexible, you can plan the ultimate vacation through Groupon’s getaways at a fraction of what you’d find anywhere else.
2. Staycations are vacations too! You don’t have to leave the state to be on vacation. Check Groupon for local destinations, and cut travel costs even more. No plane or train tickets needed, just a tank or two of gas. I found a 4-star resort in Palm Springs for $89 a night, including spa and dining credits. (This one might be nice without kids though.)
3. There are coupons for everything. I don’t clip coupons, but I still consider myself a couponer. Digital coupons and coupon codes are everywhere for almost everything. And yes Groupon has a coupons section, which includes great deals like 40% of any length of stay at Extended Stay America or save 50% on summer travel at Booking.com. For entertainment, you can save 50% off must-see attractions at CityPass.
(Side note: If you’ve never used CityPass, we highly recommend it! For example, a Seattle CityPass includes 5 different attractions, and would cost our family of six $320 total. If we were doing a 3 day trip, it would cost us about $107 a day for entertainment, or $17 per person per day. Just one ticket to the Seattle Aquarium (included in the pass) is $29.95 for an adult if we were to buy it in person. So, yeah, we like the CityPass very much.)
4. Act like a local. Groupon offers local deals, but you don’t have to be a local to use them. Just go to the top of the page where the search box is, and type in your destination. Looking in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I found deals on Mini Golf, Restaurants, and more. Just check the fine print to make sure it will be good while you’re there and print it out before you leave!
With a little planning and a bit of flexibility, you can have an incredible vacation without breaking the bank. Groupon is one of the ways I make taking a big family on vacation a little more affordable.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Groupon.com. All opinions and experiences are my own.