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By Katie MettlerA summer vacation is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of your year, but you don’t have to travel to a place that you’re accustomed to, or spend a lot of money.
Here are 10 things to know about how to make your California vacation a little more affordable.1.
The most expensive vacation in the world: Vacation packages range from the luxury of one-bedroom condos to the affordable prices of two-bedroom rentals.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, we’ve got the best deals for every budget and budget-minded traveler.2.
Vacation rentals are not as affordable as you think: Even if you’re the kind of person who loves to travel and take the best trips on the planet, you’ll have to work harder to get the best value for your money.3.
You’ll need to find a place you can stay in town: If you want to get away from it all, a vacation is an ideal opportunity to go camping, go to an art museum, or just sit by yourself.4.
You can save a lot more money by booking more dates: You can take advantage of discounted rates on events like family reunions, weddings, and even weddings.5.
You may be able to save on lodging, meals, and other essentials: Vacations are the perfect time to save some money on essential items like groceries, travel insurance, and rent.6.
You’re probably going to want to save more money on transportation: It can be tempting to think about just renting a car or taking a bus to your favorite vacation spot.
But don’t be fooled, the cost of transportation can be an even bigger financial burden.7.
If there are any unexpected expenses that you can’t handle, you might want to consider saving money on gas: Most gas stations don’t offer any extra options, but the extra money you save could save you money on your next car rental or meal.8.
If it’s cold out, your gas bill could go down: You’ll probably have to pay more for your gas than you expected, but it might be worth it if you have to take your kids out for a visit.9.
If your budget allows, you may want to rent out your apartment: It’s a great way to save for your next vacation.10.
You might want a new car: If there’s one thing you can do for a few extra bucks, it’s to buy a brand-new car.