Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Meal Planning Can Boost Your Vacation Budget

ORLANDO, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Gas prices, airfares, and lodging are constantly making American vacations less affordable, but one travel expert says meal planning during your getaway will help keep your vacation budget balanced.

Travel Guru Christopher Elliott is the host of What You Get For Your Money: Vacations on the Fine Living Network, and he says one of the best ways to save money while vacationing is to be a “picky eater” and plan your meals accordingly.

Elliott says that a common mistake made by vacationers is eating three meals a day in restaurants, which can really eat away at your food budget.

Instead, Elliott suggests savvy travelers chose one meal a day, like lunch, to eat at a restaurant, and cook the other two meals in their hotels rooms with far less expensive local fare from the market.

Says Elliott: “A little meal planning will save you a lot of money that you can spend on other fun things like attractions or souvenirs. Trust me, it’s worth it!”

And while expensive meals can put a damper on your vacation budget, Elliott says hotel rates can also take a pinch at your pocket.

He explains, “Hotel prices are at an astronomical record high, so vacationers should find lodging alternatives. Camping, RV’s and condos are cheaper options and still make for great getaways.”

For more travel tips catch What You Get For Your Money: Vacations Saturdays on the Fine Living TV Network.

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