CPA Matt Bryant of the New York State Society of CPAs discussed ways to budget your summer vacation Monday on News 8 at Sunrise.
Bryant said before you set out consider all costs including air fare, rental cars, hotels, gas, meals, entertainment and souvenirs. If that total is higher than your allotted budget, make changes to your plan.
Here are some of Bryant’s suggestions for keeping the vacation costs down:
Travel during off peak times
Use the web to compare prices for things like air fare and hotels
Consider State and National Parks for a cost friendly getaway
Drive if you can (especially larger families) because individual plane tickets can add up
Look for hotels with a complimentary breakfast and/or kitchenette
Try to locate souvenirs away from the tourist site, at a grocery store or mass merchant for a smaller price
If you travel outside the U.S. consider foreign transaction credit card fees and alert your credit card company, and make sure you charge up to your budget and no further
For more information from the New York Society of CPAs, click here.