Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How to save money on group travel

Going on vacation is something we all look forward to.  The bill, however, we don't!  Travel can be costly and take a big chunk out of savings, but here are a few good ways to save money on your next vacation!

Travel During Off Season
Consider traveling during non-peak times, known as off or low season.  You can save hundreds of dollars by traveling outside of peak/high season.  Is your heart set on peak season travel?  Consider traveling the week before or after peak season to get the same feel, at a far less rate!
This Miami Beach vacation condo rental ranges in price from $115 a night to $275 a night.   Travel during low season and save up to $160 a night!

Are you looking to travel with family or a group?  Reserving several hotel rooms to accommodate your family or group can add a tremendous expense.  Consider renting a vacation rental instead, as you will be given more space at far less cost.

For example:
  • Hotels in Koloa (Poipu ), Hawaii range from $200-$550 a night with an average cost of $270 per room!  If you need 3 rooms to accommodate everyone, your bill for the hotel will be between $600-$1,600 each night of your stay. 
  • A 3 bedroom 2 bathroom oceanfront vacation rental condo in Koloa (Poipu), Hawaii is just $200 a night and includes all the amenities like an oceanfront pool, tennis courts, hot tub and more!  In addition, you also get a full kitchen, living room and more.  For the price of one room at the lowest priced hotel, you can accommodate your entire group in a spacious vacation condo. 
    koloa hawaii vacation condo rental
    3 Bedroom Condo in Koloa, Hawaii for $175-225 a night!

Baggage Fees:
Another way to save money while traveling is to travel with a carry on instead of checking a bag.  Airlines are charging $25+ each way for checking your luggage.  If you are traveling with a group of 6, that is at least an extra $300 just to check the bags!  Pack lighter and use a smaller suitcase that complies with your airlines carry on baggage size policy.  Most vacation rentals are equipped with washers and driers so you are able to pack less and avoid the extra fees.

Dine In:
Take turns preparing meals instead of eating out for every meal.  If you are traveling with other couples, have the girls prepare one night and the guys the next.  If you are traveling with children, let them pick out a few things to prepare and consider a movie night with popcorn and pizza!  Preparing some of your meals can save your group a lot of money! Most vacation rental properties offer full size kitchens or kitchenettes so make use of your expanded amenities!
Gourmet Kitchen in this Kailua-Kona, HI vacation rental

Avoid Airport Food and Beverage:
Let's face it, purchasing airport food and beverage is the most expensive and difficult expense to avoid when traveling.  Consider asking members of your family or group to bring an empty water bottle that can be filled after passing through security.  This will save anywhere from $4-$6 a bottle of water!  Put someone in charge of preparing snacks ahead of time, or divide the responsibility amongst your group.  Nuts, crackers, granola bars and fruit are great quick and filling snacks that you an take with you.     

These are just a few ways to save money on group travel while still having a fun and memorable vacation!  We look forward to assisting you in your travel plans.  Contact us with any questions you may have or to help you find your Perfect Place for vacation! has over 60,000 vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California