Living in a 55+ community can provide you with a lot of benefits. The social connections of living with other people your age is typically beneficial. No matter how much you like living in your community, you will still want to go on vacation. It is one of the joys of not having to work. Plus living in a 55+ community where your yard is maintained frees you to travel without worries. Vacationing on a limited budget can be hard, but the internet is full of cost saving websites that help people on a budget get the most for their money.  Let’s take a look at some ways that you can save on vacation planning.

Know Your Budget

Before you start planning, you should have an idea of your budget. Proper budgeting allows you to have a goal. If you don’t have a budget, you will be tempted to overspend on your journeys.

Ask Your Neighbors

In a 55+ community, you are surrounded by people who have had the chance to experience the world. Ask those around you for travel planning tips and their experiences. They can help you find some of the best places travel and some ways to save money.

Use Alternative Booking Services

There are a lot of booking services out there, and it doesn’t hurt to check all of the standard websites such as Booking.com or Hotels.com. Want something more than a hotel room? Booking services such as Airbnb and VRBO, specialize in booking condos, houses, and apartments. For airfares use Kayak or Hopper to track prices, so you buy when rates are low.

Download Money Saving Apps

Whether you have an Android or an iPhone, there are plenty of money saving apps out there that you can download to find affordable places to eat. Transport apps like Lyft or Uber allow you to get rides often cheaper than taxis, and there are similar apps out there for other travel needs.

While you are traveling, make use of WiFi hotspots (be sure to book with a hotel that offers free WiFi) instead of using your phone or data service. This simple change can save you roaming and overage fees. These fees can add up especially if you like to post about your travels. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger both allow you to communicate over the internet instead of via text. When traveling outside the USA, check with your phone provider about your options for using your phone.

Keep these tips to mind, and you will be able to master your vacation planning. The more you save money while traveling, the more often that you can do it. There are a lot of experiences out there, take the time to explore the world, you won’t regret it.

Check out a great 55+ community in Garner, NC, The Tapestry.