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Top Tips for Affordable Travel
Working with a tight budget? Here at Top Hotel Picks, we bring you the best hotel deals so that your vacation doesn't have to break the bank. What's more, our pages are full of other ideas to help you get more bang for your buck on any vacation you choose. Here are some of our top tips to make your next trip affordable.
Stay close to home
In terms of land area, the U.S. is the third largest country in the world. This makes the different states of the U.S. very diverse in their geography. From snowy Alaska to the Florida keys, the majesty of the Great Lakes to the desert heat of the southwest, the peaks of the Rocky mountains to the serenity of the Hawaiian islands, each state is beautiful in its unique way. This means that there is plenty to see without needing to trek half way around the world. Try a visit to a neighboring state for a great low-cost holiday and you will also save on travel time, which means you will have longer to relax and enjoy yourself.
Book before you go
You wouldn't dream of going on vacation abroad without researching your destination, scheduling your trip and booking your travel and accommodations in advance. You should keep this same mentality even if you are traveling closer to home. Always book your hotel before you go to make sure you get a room at the best price possible. Planning other things such as car rentals and scheduling your itinerary as far in advance as possible can also yield great savings while helping you avoid the crowds.
Pick free attractions to visit and look for discounts or special free admission days
Wherever you visit in the U.S. or Canada there are usually museums and galleries which offer free entry. This can be an interesting way to learn about local history and take something educational away from your vacation. Even where museums and galleries don’t offer free admission, there is usually at least one day a week where free or heavily discounted admission is offered. There are also lots of other attractions such as zoos, theme parks and historical sites which offer discounts on certain days of the week. It pays to plan ahead and decide which day is best to go to each attraction.
Enjoy the natural surroundings for free
If you travel to any state outside where you live then there is a good chance that the natural environment and geography will be quite different to that in your own state. The best thing is that enjoying the natural beauty of a state can usually be done for free. If visiting coastal areas, a day at the beach can be great fun for all the family. Most states have at least one national park and other areas of natural beauty that can be visited for free or very cheaply. If you have access to a car while on vacation then you can also enjoy scenic drives which take in the natural beauty of the area as well as sites of local or historical interest.