1. Try the 2-in-1 vacation!
I almost always try to see two cities in one big trip. Depending on how long my trip is I might make it more. I don't want to sacrifice quantity for quality, but I like to pair a quick 2-day side trip to a more expensive location with a slightly longer stay in a place that I know I can do for a lesser cost. For example, I recently went to Edinburgh, Scotland. We were visiting my cousin, who lives there. We spent the majority of our time in Edinburgh, staying with her (which cut some serious costs), and paired it with a train ride into London where we stayed for a couple of nights. Everything in London costs more anyway, but by pairing it with a city that we knew we could do for less expensive, we kept our budget in line.
2. "Breakfast Included"
These two little words have a lot of power behind them. Food is one thing you cannot do without, nor should you. Food is a part of the local culture you should be most eager to experience. At the same time, you do not want to break the bank either. When I am looking for accommodations, I always look for a place with a "breakfast included." I read carefully to see what that breakfast includes. I am not the kind of girl that can go all day on a "doughnuts and coffee" kind of breakfast. Many times a hotel or bed and breakfast will include a breakfast that is considered traditional for the location you are visiting. This allows you to eat experience some local food culture, and start your day well-fueled.
3. Skip Lunch
4. Alternate between FREE activities and ADMISSION-costing ones
|A Hike in Holyrood Park Edinburgh Scotland
5. Use Public Transportation