Staying on the Budget

Tips on How to Escape Winter Weather Staying on the Budget

While most of the U.S. territory is covered with snow many people are dreaming about a sunny escape. But after all those holiday spendings choosing a location that would fit your budget can be difficult. The tips below will help you plan a budget-friendly run away.

1. Focus on Off-Peak Destinations

The beginning of the year is typically an off-peak season for travel so this is a great chance to take advantage of a variety of inexpensive travel options. If you want a great beach vacation somewhere on the island, Belize is the best place to go. Not only is it is very cheap at this time of year but it also takes just 2 hours and a half to fly from Houston.

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For bustling nightlife consider traveling to Las Vegas or New Orleans. Among great coastal destinations are California and Florida. Visiting the San Diego Zoo is an attraction not to be missed. For once in a lifetime steak experience head to Bern's Steak House in Tampa.

2. Check out Kayak and Budget Carriers

Kayak is a pretty valuable resource that shows the lowest airfare offered by various airlines. It has a flexible date search function that will allow you to find the lowest price possible. It will also be a good idea to check out Southwest and Allegiant that often offer affordable tickets.

If you live in the southern part of the country you may drive to Atlanta to depart from that hub as flights from smaller airports are typically more costly.

3. Look for Affordable Accommodation

Consider visiting Hotels.com to find inexpensive hotel rooms. By the way, Hotels.com offers a free night for every 10 nights booked through their site. You may also check out Expedia and Travelocity that offer a variety of accommodation at affordable prices. Many travel sites offer great perks for their loyal customers so it make sense to choose the site you like most and book through them every time you travel. For example, travelers who book their stays at Starwood properties exclusively on their website receive SPG points to be use for room upgrades and other benefits.

To experience local culture without splurging on luxurious hotels you may opt for AirBNB. This program will enable you to stay in your own place or rent a room, plus you can even find a full or partial kitchen when renting your room. If you don't mind cooking your own food this website is well worth considering.

For a really unique traveling experience you may use CouchSurfing. This social media platform is review-based and it helps users find different lodging options, from full apartments to stay for free to a simple couch for the night. In addition, you can explore the city with the locals that hosted you.

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4. Use Package Deals

Those who plan to be engaged in various activities during the trip should look for combination deals. When you arrive in a new city travelers usually purchase city passes that offer optional outings and up to 5 experiences for your trip. When you visit a city attraction, ask for deals and bundles with other locations. In most cases combo deals will let you save some money!

5. Check out Package Trips or All-Inclusive Vacations

A great resource for inexpensive travel deals is Groupon, especially if you have a general idea of the destination for your vacation. Plus using Groupon Promotion Codes you can enjoy a really great vacation on the cheap. Groupon offers incredible discounts on the hotel stay and flights. You may consider booking a tour or an all-inclusive resort to score even better deal.

6. Plan Your Meals in Advance

If you love trying new foods in new places, you probably know that it can be costly. But there is a solution to the problem. First, book a hotel that includes breakfast or consider purchasing some extra granola bars to avoid a costly morning meal. All you need to do is quickly search online for inexpensive local eateries. You may use such app as TV Food Maps to find cheap recommended restaurants from shows like $40 A Day, and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Not only will you savor local food but also save much money! And while you are escaping the winter cold, make sure you treat yourself to summer fruits, refreshing drinks and, of course, sun!