Heading to California soon? We’ve got 10 tips to help you with budget travel for this fun state! This state has a plethora of options for whatever kind of destination travel you want!
#1 Save Money With Your Airlines Honestly, you CAN fly there cheaper than you can drive unless you are going for the road trip experience. If you are able to book tickets three to six months in advance you should be able to get fantastic deals. Sign up for deal alerts through your favorite airlines and wait for your city destination to go on sale!
#2 Find the best budget hotels that offer suites or condos. By doing this, you can save money by bringing your own snacks and breakfasts to eat in your room. Alternatively, you may also want to find a hotel that offers continental breakfast to save on one meal a day!
#3 When we landed in San Diego with our kids, we hit up the local supermarket to buy snacks and drinks. That way, while we were out doing all the tourist things, we had snacks to give them rather than buying. Buying snacks at tourist spots are definitely a budget killer!
#4 Before you head out on your vacation, contact the local chamber of commerce and ask for a vacation pack. They will often send coupons and resources for FREE family fun!
#5 Ask the locals! One of the easiest tricks to saving money is asking locals what they recommend for budget restaurants, things to do, etc. There are often free museums, free parks and free entry days that they will know about!
#6 If you are renting a car, you may want to call ahead to get price comparisons. Also, find out if they offer deals for family rentals. Many times they will offer car seats for free! Sometimes, you can lock in your car rental with your airline flights. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
#7 Definitely travel off season! Rates will be cheaper across the board and you won’t have to deal with insane crowds. Personally, I like early spring, but late fall wasn’t too bad.
#8 If you’ve got kids, chances are they will want to buy a souvenir. Start a coin savings jar for your family. Right before the trip, cash in the coins and distribute the money. The money they get is their allowance for the trip!
#9 Ask around to learn when the traffic gets heavy. Plan your outings around peak times so you aren’t stuck in traffic jams and wasting gas.
#10 Bring your own travel items: sun block, towels, floaties, etc. These items are hot ticket items and are marked up. Bring your own to save money!