(PRWEB) April 14, 2014
1. House Rules
Book a vacation house over a hotel to make your vacation bucks go the furthest. Houses typically hold more people with fewer fees. Living like a local in a unique vacation house can often be a priceless experience.
2. Do Not Seek Peak
Avoid peak season dates to save hundreds if not thousands. Peak season varies tremendously by location so be sure to closely study rate lists.
3. Mom Was Right - It Is Best To Share
Even though it is fun to make friends jealous posting your sunny vacation pictures on Instagram, it is much savvier to bring your friends along and split the tab. Sharing a house can double the fun and halve the cost. For the biggest savings organize a girlfriend beach getaway or a golf trip for guys with many friends staying together in a larger vacation house. Splitting with couples or another family also is a win-win.
4. Dine In, Not Out
Look for a full kitchen, dining area with plenty of seating & nice outside patio grilling area. Make sure there is a grocery store near by and also a variety of reasonable take out options. Assign everyone a day to provide easy buffet-style meals or treat group to inexpensive takeout.
5. Be Greedy About Freebies
Why pay sky-high fees for internet, parking and resort amenities at hotels when most vacation houses offer numerous amenities free? Look for vacation houses which include beach access, private pools, WIFI, parking, premium cable channels and welcome gifts at no cost. When you find an attractive vacation house scoring high reviews with loads of freebies, book it fast!
"For the biggest bang for your vacation buck, combine all of these strategies," suggests Amy McDermott, owner of Beach Bound Escapes which offers vacation houses with private pools and quaint beach cottages in Venice Island and Manasota Key, Florida. "One of our girlfriend getaway groups split the costs. Each friend spent less than $150 including groceries and a week stay at our Venice Island beach house with a private pool. They drove down from Atlanta leaving husbands at home with their kids avoiding airfare, car rentals, and babysitters!"
Goodbye stressful tax season. Hello relaxing tropical paradise.