10 Easy Ways to Save Money During Your Beach Vacation
Planning for a vacation is a large investment for most families. Dining out, transportation and lodging can eat up a budget quickly. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little careful planning and a few helpful tips, you can save hundreds of dollars on your Topsail Island Beach vacation. With all the extra money, you can take advantage of some of our great attractions and events. Let’s get started saving for your Topsail Island vacation.
Eat in and save
Of all the ways to save money on beach vacations, one of the easiest ways is to eat in. This will save you the most. With a rental condo or house, you have the great benefit of a kitchen. Plan to make most of your meals rather than eating out. Pack a lunch to take to the beach each day; the food at the snack shack is not cheap! This is when your crockpot comes in handy. I bring my crockpot and cook in it. That way we enjoy dinner after a hot day at the beach. You will find a ton of easy crockpot recipes online!
One of the best things you can do to save money is to plan your vacation early. When you book early it gives you plenty of time to set your budget and save money for your vacation. Another great advantage is you have the first pick of vacation homes. Take some time when booking early to check out what activities you're interested in. Many attractions offer early booking discounts.
Bring Your Own Beach Gear and Toys
Beaches always seem to have tons of shops where you can buy things like snorkel gear, bathing suits, sunscreen, and the like. Plan ahead and shop at your local discount retailers (or even online) and save money by bringing your own snorkels, sand castle making gear, and sunscreen. Many beachside shops have an enormous mark up on products that will cost you two to three times what it might cost at your local big box store.
Book direct with Coastline Realty Vacations
There are all sorts of vacation sites offering what they consider the best deal. However, when you pull back the curtain, you find that when you book with a third party (like Airbnb or HomeAway) there are hidden fees that could cost you up to a 15% premium on your vacation rental. Give us a call today at 800-497-5463 to speak with one of our friendly reservationists to find the best deal on your Topsail Island Beach vacation.
Set a budget
Everyone knows a good budget can help keep your spending on track. Vacation inevitably means there will be meals you’ll eat out and, of course, the kids will want souvenirs. When planning your vacation, decide early what your family budget will be. The key to success is to make sure not to overspend.
Get travel insurance
It may sound like this isn’t a money saving tip, however, travel insurance can be invaluable if you have to cancel your trip for any number of covered reasons. It is also the only way to have your cost reimbursed in the event of inclement weather.
If you have questions about Travel Insurance, don't worry– our friendly staff are here to help answer them.
Have flexible dates
When you have flexible travel dates, you will be able to save even more money!! In addition to running specials, Coastline Realty Vacations also offers different rates based on the time of year you will be staying. Don't worry, you don't have to visit during the middle of winter to get a great rate (although that is a wonderful time of year to visit Topsail)!
Buy supplies before you go
We’ve all been there – you realize you forgot the sunscreen, you walk into the convenience store, and it’s $10. You have to buy it, so you do – and the savings maven in you dies a little. Buy supplies you need, like sunscreen, Band-Aids, bottled water, hand sanitizer wipes, and beach toys, before you ever leave home.
Take advantage of free things to do
Topsail Island is a great family-friendly location with lots of things to do and see, and the best part is many of them are free. Whether you visit in summer or fall, there is always something going on in Topsail Island or the surrounding area. Our blog is a great place to find local events and things to do. Of course, our friendly staff is well acquainted with the local events so feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.
Forget the hotels
Forget those pricey hotels. When you consider what you get for the price, a hotel isn’t a very good deal. All of our vacation homes have well-appointed kitchens, great locations, and lots of room for the whole family. Compare that to your average hotel room that has about three hundred square feet. If you want to really get the most for your money, make sure to check out our inventory of condos, all of which offer the best locations and loads of amenities.
Looking for an easy way to save money and book your Topsail Island Beach vacation? If you are, the first step is to give us a call today at 800-497-5463 or click the button below to unlock the best deals and service on Topsail Island. Our dedicated team of real estate professionals are here to make your beach vacation dreams come true- all without breaking the bank!