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Saving on your vacation is just the beginning—with these tips and tricks, you’ll have more money to spend on the extras and experiences that can make your trip unforgettable.
Spend Less – Vacation More
As a TripBeat® member, you get access to thousands of resorts at reduced prices. But there are plenty more ways to save during your dream vacation. Read on for some of TripBeat’s offerings as well as additional tips for stretching your travel dollar. After all, you’re on vacation-you should be spending your money on you.
Can’t Stop the ‘Beat
TripBeat’s vacation rentals—available starting at $399 (which is up to 40 percent off) for 7 night stays for select dates and locations—may become available anywhere between 3 and 360 days before check-in, but it’s recommended to book as far in advance as possible. Are you having trouble finding the perfect vacation stay in the destination or within the time frame you had your heart set on? Then take advantage of the My Vacation Watcher tool, which searches 24/7 for the resort of your choice. It’s easy, and it’s free for registered TripBeat members. (Not member, register for free.)
Because most TripBeat stays are for seven nights with a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday check-in date, start your search with these choices to find the greatest availability. Remember, you can check in or out anytime during the length of your booking, so even if you don’t stay the full seven nights, it’s still a great deal!
Hack Your Vacation
Staying at a resort instead of a hotel already puts TripBeat members at a savings advantage. Choose a resort unit with a full or partial kitchen option to minimize your food spending and to make sure you can enjoy all your favorites. You can plan to cook at least one meal a day at your accommodation instead of eating out. Traveling in shoulder seasons when the weather is still good but the prices are better, taking advantage of public transportation, and seeking out free events like concerts can also keep your dream vacation wallet-friendly.
Websites such as VisitOrlando.com, TravelVegas.com, and PoconoLiving.net also have coupon-specific pages to browse for deals and discounts.
Shop When They Drop
Very little feels better than saving a lot, and if one of your travel aims is to maximize your annual budget, consider vacationing close to the one of the country’s biggest ways to cut costs: the outlet mall, whose stores offer lower prices on a wide range of necessities—and the occasional splurge—from clothing to housewares. The money you’ve saved will go even further here. One of the largest, Sawgrass Mills, has more than 150 stores close to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is ideal for those also seeking sun and sand. Farther north, Orlando boasts several large outlet centers for mixing days of theme-park fun with scoring deep discounts. Tanger Outlets, in Branson, Missouri, is a stone’s throw from that city’s endless attractions. Southern California, Las Vegas, and Texas are also great destinations for bargain hunters, but don’t forget the Northeast. Not only does eastern Pennsylvania hold some of the country’s biggest outlet malls, but the biggest—Woodbury Common, with its more than 200 shops of some of the biggest names in retail—is in New York State, just a couple of hours from New York City.
Some outlet-mall operators, such as Simon or Tanger Outlets, offer coupon books, digital coupons, or even mobile apps, which can let you add on even more savings to your shopping spree and help you navigate the sprawl of stores.
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