Planning a beach getaway with your friends or family? Don’t worry, it’s not always expensive. In fact, most people love beaches during summers not just because of the waters and the view, but also because it is relatively cheaper than other kinds of vacations. But you can still make it more affordable with these following tips. You shouldn’t miss reading them before planning!
Budget ASAP. Summer lasts for 2-3 months, and you have the rest of the year to plan and budget for the best vacation trip. When planning, do not forget to include transportation expenses, such as airfare/ train tickets, car gas, or rental car fees. Also, make sure to take into account important items such as shopping and dining. If you are living an active lifestyle, you should consider rental fees for equipment like jet skis, unless you’re bringing your own gears.
Plan a Beach Staycation. For your family to enjoy a nice beach vacation, you don’t have to travel far. There are several budget-friendly and family-appropriate beaches throughout the country just waiting to be appreciated. Load a picnic lunch lay down on a beach towel or take a day trip. You’ll not just enjoy the beauty of nature in your own backyard. If there is no beach near your house, you should research fun ways on how to bring the beach to you instead for summer! You can host your very own pool party, complete with fresh watermelons, barbecued food, inflatable beach balls, and music.
Steer Clear of Peak Seasons. Everyone knows that beaches are populated during major holidays and weekends. Most of the beach resorts and nearby hotels even raise their rates during the said peak seasons. If it is possible, you should consider your beach getaway in non-peak seasons. You’ll not just take advantage of the low rates, the place will be less crowded and more enjoyable for your family.
Choose a Less Popular Beach. The location is, of course, important for the perfect beach getaway. However, it doesn’t always mean that you have to choose a beach with the most popular reputation. Not only that, most luxurious and popular beaches tend to offer higher rates compared to the lesser known ones. Don’t forget to do your own research and look for a more affordable alternative that is similar to the beach of your dreams!
Stay in a Vacation Home. Expand your booking choices aside from hotels. Choosing to stay in the hotel is commonly not the best if you want to keep your beach getaway budget-friendly. You should consider staying in a vacation home. They’re usually more affordable compared to a week stay in the hotel. Added to that, they also have your own kitchen, so you can make your own food without having to go outside and dine in an expensive restaurant. This is a great choice if you’re traveling with a big group of people or your family. Look for vacation homes that are near the restaurants, activities, and the beach. You don’t want to travel so far to get to your destination.
Plan Ahead for the Activities. Planning is very important, everyone is aware of that. If you’re choosing a budget-friendly beach vacation for your friends or family, don’t forget about what they want to do. This way, you’ll know what to include in your budget. Young families tend to choose beaches with lifeguards, usable restrooms, and kid-friendly waters. Teenagers tend to be more adventurous, choosing to go snorkeling or scuba diving rather than building sand castles. For the activities, you should ask if they offer discounts. And instead of buying beach equipment from their gift shop, don’t forget to buy your own. Gift shops usually sell products that are twice the prices in an ordinary department store.
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