Affordable Vacationing: Sightseeing

Once you’re on vacation, you’ll need to find ways to entertain yourself and that usually takes money. But whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or spending a day at the amusement park, there are usually discounts out there ripe for the picking. All you have to do is know where to find them.

Become an observant deal hunter with these tips on your next trip with Global Discovery Vacations.

Check Your Pockets and Handouts
Deals are out there and many are closer than you think. Research what kinds of rewards you have on your credit card, check out Groupon, LivingSocial and Foursquare deals, and look for the coupons at the resort at which you’re staying. Some resorts will actually give you a set of coupons for nearby restaurants and attractions when you check-in while others have deals available in the lobby. Keep an eye out for them.

Talk to the Locals
Whether or not you receive coupons from the resort, it never hurts to ask the people who work there, or any local for that matter. They know where to find good prices and good food that isn’t too touristy. On a recent trip, I was chatting with a local who worked at a winery. After breaking the ice by saying we were from out of town and needed suggestions on where to eat, she gave us some free cider and suggested a place nearby with some nice daily specials. Locals love to accommodate tourists.

Visit Websites and Social Media Channels
We love companies that embrace social media because, since their main job is to get us through the door, they are full of special discounts and event news. If you’re planning on going to a certain restaurant, attraction or event, look through their website and social media posts ahead of time so you don’t miss out on any good deals. The official tourism website for your destination may have many specials posted as well. If you frequent a certain area, it’s a good idea to sign up for their e-newsletter so you don’t have to go searching every time.

Slow Your Sightseeing Pace
This past September, I embarked on the Hood River County Fruit Loop, which is in the Columbia River Gorge on the northern border of Oregon. Along this 35-mile loop were 32 stopping points that included lavender gardens, berry picking, wineries and alpaca farms. In the five or so hours I spent there, I went to a whopping three stops. That’s all I needed.

If you want to get the most out of your money on these attractions, it’s best to spend as much time as you can at a select few. We get caught up in visiting as many places as we can, but we can get a lot more out of the experience if we slow down and take the time to appreciate each attraction’s significance. That way, you’re learning more, plus you’re spending less money on admission fees, gas and other expenses. Think deeper, not wider, when sightseeing.

Freedom Can Be Free
Go to the park, take a nature hike, stroll through the downtown area or watch the sunset by the lake. Think of all the ways you spend your nights at home without needing any cash, and apply it to wherever you’re staying. It’s like a new twist on some old favorites.

You’re not going to spend your whole vacation in your Global Discovery Vacations condo, but you can spend full days sightseeing without breaking the bank. Just take your time, get the local recommendations and see what other members have to say!

How do you build your travel itinerary? Let us know in the comments.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.