How to Squeeze in a Last-Minute Getaway Before Summer ENDS On a Budget!

Looking to get away but don’t have a lot of cash? Here is how to do it:

RESEARCH TOWNS SURROUNDING YOUR POINT OF INTEREST DESTINATION

We were interested in a quick beach trip last week as a quick little getaway. After all, being at Disney World the end of June put us in a bit of a money pinch lol – so we had to go cheap! We usually go to Wildwood Crest, NJ but the hotels are currently outrageously overpriced especially since they were having a huge Country Music Concert at the Wildwood Convention Center.

We decided to look about 30 minutes away from there and we found Ocean City, NJ and Somers Point, NJ. Somer’s Point was more than half the cost per night – of staying in Wildwood Crest, NJ. So we booked an Econolodge in Somers Point – through http://www.expedia.com and it was great! This little motel is conveniently located 8 minutes from the Ocean City Beach and about 30 minutes from Cape May, NJ and around 25 minutes from Wildwood.

When we travel to Hershey Park, PA – we do not typically stay inside of Hershey. We stay about 15 minutes outside in Grantville, PA and save a ton on hotel. When we visit Hershey Park we are never in our hotel room. So we only need a clean room for showering and sleeping. Why pay a lot for a room if you’re not going to be in it?!

THE POINT: a little travel distance can save a lot!

Here are some sites to price out motels and hotels but be sure to clear your history and cookies because I have noticed they like to bump up prices the more you are looking! Sneaky!

Expedia

Priceline

Hotwire

Booking.com

Do you have a tent for camping? This is a surefire way to save – if you can do it!

RESEARCH FREE THINGS TO DO

There are so many state parks located all over and near destinations that you wouldn’t even think of. The All Trails App also gives you a lot of free options for walks, scenic outlooks and more. I always enjoy researching Waterfront Trails.

Research free beaches if you live along the coastline. NJ has Wildwood which is a free beach.

If you are vaccinated and live in the State of NJ – you are able to access ALL State Parks for FREE by registering online and showing your ID with vaccination card.

CAPE MAY, NJ State Park is always FREE, as well as visiting Sunset Beach and just walking around the town of Cape May.

The Cape May Zoo is FREE – just a small donation. Research free zoo’s in the area to check out.

PACK BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

This here can save a lot just by doing a little. This way you can go out and enjoy a nice dinner. I know a lot of theme parks do not allow you to bring lunch inside, but you could leave some beach chairs in the trunk and picnic by your car taking a much needed break and rest. Some theme parks offer picnic areas.

It is super easy to pack sandwiches to bring to the beach!

I probably don’t even have to say this, if you’re a parent but PACK SNACKS and your own waters and drinks. Most theme parks let you bring in 1 drink per person and you can even store some in the car.

So far when we have visited LEGOLAND NY we were not told I couldn’t bring in food – not sure if that will change.

LOOK FOR DISCOUNTS

Make sure the company you work for doesn’t offer any type of ticket discounts like say “Plum Benefits”. I work for an elementary school and with the union I get all sorts of discounts on hotels and theme park tickets. Sometimes the actual site of the theme park can be cheaper – so it is always good to compare. I get discounts on purchasing a car by showing my union card, discounts on zoos, plays, etc.

Try looking on Rakuten before you book a hotel through a site like expedia for cash back!

You could also just look for discount codes for sites like expedia, hotwire, booking etc.

HOW DO YOU SAVE MONEY ON TRIPS?! I would love to hear in the comments.

Click here to learn how to save for Disney World!

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