Sunday, September 06, 2009

Tips for Frugal Fall Travel

Looking for fall travel ideas? There are all sorts of ways to save money these days. Traveling on a budget has never been easier. These tips will help you save money so you can enjoy fall travel without breaking the bank.

Here are some hot fall travel tips to help you save money.

Food

We all know that you can pack a cooler and take a picnic grill with you. Buying your own groceries saves you a ton of money versus eating out. Sometimes eating dinner in a nice restaurant can be very satisfying. Look for coupon books that can save you money. These can be found in rest areas, visitor centers and sometimes in convenient stores.

Don't go far from home.
One-tank trips will save you on gas and will also make a frugal trip easier to plan. Most of the time a day-trip means putting gas in the car and a picnic basket or cooler in the trunk. When thinking about frugal fall travel, this is often the way to go. A quick online search for your state or regional tourism office can give you lots of ideas for day trip travel.

Camping
This is always an inexpensive option for fall travel. State and National Parks provide great value. Spaces are usually on a first come first served basis but can sometimes be reserved.

Look for travel promotions.
Walt Disney World often offers a free dining plan when you stay at an on property resort. Many families immediately write this off as a frugal fall travel destination but this promotion may make it worth a second look. Food skyrockets the price of theme parks. Removing this price may put the vacation within reach. Go to www.waltdisneyworld.com for information.

Hotel reward programs can add up for frugal fall travel. Choice Hotels offers a Choice Privileges reward program that I like to use. Signing up is free and you can rack up points for free nights or other discounts. If you travel frequently, then signing up for the reward program can make for a frugal fall travel trip. Check out www.choicehotels.com.

More information
The link for USA Fall Foliage website, your local AAA or travel agent and state tourism websites may have additional tips for frugal fall travel. Megabus may be another option for frugal fall travel. I've written several articles on this for the blog.

But, what about you? You may have your own fall travel tips and experiences that you want to share. Click "comments" below to share them with others.