When it comes to taking a vacation, it can sometimes be an expensive endeavor. These ten tips can help .you get the most out of your vacation while still saving some money (so you can take even more vacations!).

1. Choose your destination wisely.

Some destinations are simply more expensive than others. For example, a beach vacation in the Caribbean is likely to cost more than a camping trip in the mountains. Do some research and choose a destination that fits your budget.

2. Book your trip in advance.

The earlier you book your trip, the more likely you are to get a good deal. This is especially true for flights and hotels. Your AAA travel agent can also help you find deals on trips

3. Be flexible with your travel dates.

If you’re able to be flexible with your travel dates, you’ll have more options and be more likely to find a good deal. For example, flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday is often cheaper than flying on a Friday or Saturday.

4. Consider alternative accommodations.

There are many alternatives to hotels, such as hostels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. These options can often be much cheaper than hotels, and they can offer a more authentic experience.

5. Cook your own meals.

Eating out can be a major expense on vacation. By cooking your own meals, you can save a lot of money, and if you’ve looked for alternative accommodations you may have found a rental with a kitchen. There are many ways to make cooking on vacation easy, such as packing non-perishable foods and cooking utensils, or eating at local restaurants that offer affordable meals.

6. Take advantage of free activities.

Many cities and towns offer free activities, such as museums, parks, and walking tours. Do some research and find out what free activities are available at your destination.

7. Use public transportation.

Renting a car can be expensive, especially if you’re only going to be using it for a short period of time. Instead, consider using public transportation. This can be a great way to save money and see more of your destination. Alternatively, AAA members can take advantage of AAA’s Hertz partnership for discounted Hertz rentals.

8. Pack light.

The less you pack, the less you’ll have to pay for baggage fees. Pack only the essentials and leave the rest at home. Attend one of our Travel Smart Pack Right events to learn expert travel tips.

9. Travel with a friend or family member.

Splitting the cost of travel with a friend or family member can save you a lot of money. You can also share a hotel room, car, and other expenses.

10. Have fun!

The most important thing is to relax and enjoy your vacation. Don’t worry too much about the money. Just focus on having a good time.

By following these tips, you can take a cheap vacation that you’ll never forget and save up for your next vacation. If you’re looking to save even more money, one of our experienced travel agents can help you find a vacation that maximizes the fun, but not your wallet.