We all like to splurge when on vacation — and for good reason, as treating ourselves to some of the finer things in life delivers a well-deserved reward for all of the hard work we do every day. But taking an escape from the daily grind doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, especially for money-savvy travelers — and especially when the destination is the Grand Strand.
Consider these five ways to stretch some of your vacation dollars during your next visit to the Myrtle Beach area:
Choose your travel dates strategically: Timing can be everything when it comes to the expense of a vacation. For example, if you can avoid going during the most popular travel periods such as holiday weekends or during the peak of summer, you can realize serious savings on airfare, lodging, activities and more. If your dates are flexible, be sure to shop around for pricing over multiple travel windows to see how big an impact the various timing choices can have on your price.
Travel with friends or family: Traveling with larger parties offers a couple of ways to save money. First, by booking accommodations with greater sleeping capacities and larger common spaces — as opposed to each booking smaller spaces separately — you can realize economies of scale by pooling your rooming dollars together. Further, with friends or family along, you tend to be more able to entertain yourselves — rather than go out and spend extra money on entertainment and activities.
Grab some groceries: While you’ll definitely want to hit the town and sample some of the local flavors, dining out for every meal can get expensive — especially if you’ve got a large vacation crew to feed, and even more so if you’re lucky enough to be taking a long vacation. You can head to the grocery store for snacks on any vacation to save some money, and to stretch your vacation-dining dollar even farther, look for accommodations equipped with a partial or full kitchen so you can store groceries and prepare full meals in your room. (Myrtle Beach’s Long Bay Resort offers a range of room types with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes.)
Search for food and entertainment deals: Hotel lobbies are prime spots for finding local coupon books and business flyers, each of which often contain money-saving offers for meals and entertainment. Also, online savings sites like Groupon and com feature a range of deals on Grand Strand dining, local attractions and more.
Look for lodging specials: Especially when traveling outside of peak periods, Grand Strand vacationers can often find special discounts on area hotels and condos. Be sure to shop around for the best deals on your accommodations of choice before booking. (At Long Bay Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, our Specials Page offers a long list of opportunities to save with offers such as Free Fall Nights, the Winter Escape Sale, the Sunday Super Saver and more.)
Visit longbayresort.com or today to start planning your budget-friendly Myrtle Beach getaway. With our wide range of comfortable accommodations and long list of luxurious amenities, you’re sure to have a beach experience that everyone in your vacation crew will enjoy — and you can do it without breaking the bank.