Times are still tough in this economy. Many families have cut their annual vacations out of their budget to save money. Using a little creativity you don’t have to forego your vacation. Here are 8 tips to an inexpensive St. Augustine vacation.
1.Take advantage of the free stuff. There are several St. Augustine attractions that are free to visit. Mostly the national parks and historic sites are little or no money. Fort Matanzas is a great example. It is free admission to go there and see a part of St. Augustine history. Research St. Augustine before going on vacation and plan to see those attractions that are free.
2. Use coupons. If you know where to look you can find coupons for discounted attractions. Travel agents and online websites can offer these coupons as well as the many travel brochures. If you are a AAA member, request travel information on St. Augustine.
3. Stay with friends or family. This is a great option to save a bunch of money if you have the means. Friends or family who live in St. Augustine or the surrounding areas such as Daytona or Jacksonville who are willing to invite you to stay can help you save a lot of money in lodging expenses.
4. Choose an inexpensive hotel. If you do not have friends or family who live in or around St. Augustine, choose an inexpensive hotel to stay at. Since you will only be at your hotel for sleeping, showering and changing, it makes sense to save money in this department.
5. Bring food or grocery shop instead of dining out. This can save you a lot of money. It is amazing how much food costs can add up. Utilize the grocery store and save more money rather than eating out at every meal.
6. Be sure to pack what you can. If you can bring those items that you already own such as beach toys you can save from having to buy those items when you get to St. Augustine. Try to bring what you have instead of buying.
7. Avoid the expensive tourist traps. Save your money on souvenirs by bringing a camera and making your own. With a little creativity you can turn your photos into your own personalized souvenirs.
8. Walk vs. drive. St. Augustine’s downtown historical district is mostly filled with pedestrians. Not only will you get exercise but you will get to experience each attraction up close and personal. Not to mention that you save money on gas if you walk versus drive.
These are just a few tips on how you can save money vacationing in St. Augustine, Florida.