7 Ways To Save On Last Minute Vacations


7 Ways To Save On Last Minute Vacations

This year you didn’t think you would get the chance to go for a vacation with the family, but suddenly the tides have turned and you have time off and a small budget. Here are 7 Ways To Save On Last Minute Vacations. Not only can you go to great locations on a low budget, you can do so at the last minute as well. These tips will help you make an impromptu vacation affordable and fun. Be sure to check our travel section of the blog for more tips, deals and last minute ideas!

7 Ways To Save On Last Minute Vacations

7 WAYS TO SAVE ON LAST MINUTE VACATIONS

  • CHECK WITH AIRLINE FOR LAST MINUTE DEALS ON CANCELLATIONS: Check at the airport airline office or give them a call and check for deals on last minute ticket cancellations. You can often find a great deal on a first class ticket when grabbing it at the last minute.

  • AVOID TOURIST TOWNS AND GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH: While tourist destinations are typically ideal for family vacations you can also avoid high prices at last minute by going off the beaten path for a more adventurous vacation with museums, parks, local historical landmarks and more. If the tourist town is still your destination you may find better deals on hotels and lodging 30-45 minutes away from the destination that will be more than enough of a discount to make up for traveling farther to your theme park, etc.


  • PACK YOUR OWN GROCERIES: If going for a last minute road trip packing your own drinks, snacks and easy breakfast items like granola bars, pastries or yogurts will save a lot of money and come in handy when the kids get hungry and it’s not quite time to head to the restaurant.

  • GRAB COUPONS FROM ONLINE SOURCES: Check out Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local, Deal Chicken and Restaurant.com for tons of great gift certificates and deals for local to your destination discounts. Just search for the zip code or city you will be vacationing in and grab deals to save money on meals, lodging or entertainment.

  • CALL THE SOURCE INSTEAD OF BOOKING ONLINE: A lot of hotels and motels will discount your room rate even more if you book directly through them rather than online. Before hitting that commit button on a popular savings site give the actual hotel location a call to see what in house deals they are currently running.

  • STAY CLOSE TO HOME: Instead of a long flight or drive check out your states well known attractions. Stay within 4-5 hours of home and save not only on travel, but also learn something new about your homestate.

  • GO CAMPING INSTEAD: Check out RV parks and State Parks nationwide for great deals on tent and RV camping. Not only will you have a beautiful view, you will have the chance to save money on lodging and food by camping out and cooking all of your meals at the campsite.

Last minute vacations can be fun, rewarding, relaxing and affordable when you apply these 7 ways to save on last minute vacations tips. The important part of the vacation is relaxation and time with those you love. Cherish the time and make memories instead of worrying about doing every little thing on your list.

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22 Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    February 2, 2015
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    My sister travels a lot and always does it last minute. She saves tons by doing it that way.

  2. February 2, 2015
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    Great tips! I especially love ‘going off the beaten track’ not only to save money but to really experience the place like a local! 🙂

  3. February 2, 2015
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    I definitely pack my own snacks and entertainment for the kids. Saves us so much!

  4. February 2, 2015
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    We are totally hoping to take a nice vacation this year! Once our taxes are squared we will see where we stand financially.

  5. You’ve got some great tips here. Thanks for sharing.

  6. February 2, 2015
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    I just signed up a couple of weeks ago to get the last minute cruise selections. I haven’t seen anything yet. But I am really not looking for right now anyway.

  7. February 2, 2015
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    I am the QUEEN of avoiding tourist traps. It makes me a much happier person.

  8. February 2, 2015
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    These are some great tips! Always great to save money on a vacay!

  9. Pam
    February 2, 2015
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    I love finding places to go that are off the beaten path. Not only are they cheaper, they are often more interesting to visit.

  10. February 2, 2015
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    These are awesome ways to save a little extra. Maybe I could take an extra vacation by taking a few less expensive ones.

  11. February 2, 2015
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    These are great tips! We always pack our own food. Saves on eating out!

  12. February 2, 2015
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    How great! Wonderful tips. We don’t travel often but when we do its usually not a long planned event so this is great!

  13. Catherine S
    February 2, 2015
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    These are all great ideas. We always pack snacks and a cooler full of drinks when we can.

  14. Ann Bacciaglia
    February 2, 2015
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    These are fantastic tips for saving money on last minute trips. You can save a lot staying to the less popular spots.

  15. February 3, 2015
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    I like to go off the beaten track too. Not only to save money, but it’s always nice to get a glimpse of real life happenings in those areas!

  16. February 3, 2015
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    I always pack some food to save some money. I would love to take a family trip.

  17. February 3, 2015
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    Good tips – we have used them all. We love short weekend getaways – they are so relaxing

  18. All of these are such great tips. I am not one for major tourist attractions and I like to explore things on my own that are not on the path. There is a website called Road Trippers that finds so many non-tourist type places to see.

  19. February 3, 2015
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    These are great tips. We are always taking last minute mini vacations.

  20. February 4, 2015
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    Very good advice. I do hot some major attractions, but always find those off the path/

  21. Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings
    February 4, 2015
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    Great tips– I always search for cheap airfare!

  22. Avoiding tourist areas is a great idea. I’m not huge on crowds so if I can find a place without them I’m golden.

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