Seashells, sand castles, the salty ocean breeze in your hair – if you often daydream about a beach vacation, it’s about time you made it happen. If you’ve been anxious about breaking the bank, just unwind and relax, you can enjoy the blissful beach life without the drama of financial stress. Here are our tips for going on a budget-friendly beach vacation.
Your vacation savings fund is finally going to be put toward your dream beach vacation. First, make a budget and calculate what you are willing to spend in each area of your beach vacation. Even if thinking about money is stressful, there is a sense of peace knowing exactly where your money is going; with a budget, you have guardrails against overspending. Bonus: Get a virtual budgeting app and track your expenses as you travel.
Research and choose a beach destination that is affordable. Some beaches are more expensive than others, so look for destinations that offer the most affordable food, activities, and flights. Take transportation into consideration, including costs to rent a car, public transportation, or ride share. Also, take into consideration the price of activities and attractions. Boardwalks are common by beaches, and can often range in price. Pick a beach destination where everything and anything you might want to do is in the same area to reduce transportation fees.
Book your beach vacation well in advance. This will give you the opportunity to take advantage of early booking discounts and deals. Sign up for emails from airlines to catch flash deals on flights. Book excursions on your trip in advance as well – do your research on the cheapest options, but make sure to put it in the budget.
Book your stay at one of the 4,300 Best Western® Hotels & Resorts worldwide. Save on booking with weekday traveling as opposed to weekends, and save more when you book weeks in advance. If you have the flexibility to travel off-season, even better for your wallet.
Sometimes, one carry-on is your most affordable option for packing; pack the necessities for your beach vacation but avoid overpacking. Toiletries like shampoos and conditioners are provided when you book your stay at Best Western® Hotels & Resorts, so focus on throwing in your favorite bathing suits in your suitcase, and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Eating out can be expensive, so consider bringing your own food and drinks to the beach. Packing easy meals like sandwiches and water, will save you a lot in the long run. Map out the closest grocery store from your hotel stay to the beach, and make a quick stop along the way.
Many beach destinations offer free activities such as hiking, biking, or exploring historical sites. Take advantage of free activities to save money on entertainment, and enjoy the sun and relaxation.