Saving Money on Group Vacations

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated December 11, 2020

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Money Saving Tips
September 7, 2018

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Planning a fun vacation with a group of friends or extended family?Whether it’s a bachelorette party in Vegas or getting all the cousins together at the beach, there are lots of ways to save money on a group vacation so that you can focus more on having fun rather than watching your wallet.  Consider these tips on how to save money when planning a group vacation, and you’ll likely be able to reduce the per-person costs significantly.

No matter what you may be planning, when you are traveling anywhere with a group, you should always ask if there is a group rate. Hotels, cruise ships, and even airlines sometimes offer group rates, as do many attractions and tours. You can also sometimes reduce your own rates by referring others. Ask about referral programs as well.

Still deciding between hotels vs. vacation rentals? Hotels can be expensive, but renting a house can save you a good amount of money if the cost is split between everyone. Renting a house also gives you more money saving advantages—you don’t have to pay for parking, and with a kitchen available you can easily prepare your own meals instead of having to purchase meals at the hotel or restaurants.

This option might not always be feasible depending upon your plans, but if it is, prep and pack your own food and drink instead of eating out. This is especially easy to do for lunch, as it costs very little to prepare sandwiches and snacks. And not having to stop somewhere to eat lunch saves you time as well, which can be spent enjoying more of the day. You’d be surprised just how much you can save by doing this; remember, it’s not just the cost of the food you consume when eating out, but also those overpriced drinks and the tip you need to leave as well.

Many attractions offer discounts and coupons that you can usually find either on the establishment’s website, or in brochures located on the local visitor’s bureau. And if you don’t happen to find any coupons, remember; ask if there is a group rate!

Enjoy your trip, and don’t forget to take advantage of your travel rewards card, if you have one.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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