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How To Save On Vacation Activities
By Melissa Bailey on Apr 1 2014, 9:02 AM
So often when you plan your vacation it's not the hotel or airplane tickets that can break the budget - it's the activities once you arrive! To give you an idea of some going ticket prices to some of the country's most popular destinations, let's take a look at 2014 Prices:

1 - Day Ticket To Disney World, $99
1 - Day Ticket To Disney Land, $92
1 - Day Ticket To Universal Studios Florida, $96
1 - Day Ticket To Sea World, $50.00

As you can imagine, with a family of 4, doing some of the more popular vacation destinations across the country can get incredibly costly very quickly! Here are a few helpful ways you can save on vacation and still have a great time:

1. Shop Daily Deal Sites
Just about every Daily Deal Site has an "Events and Activities" category (or the equivalent) where they post special ticket prices to shows and events. Why pay $30 to Whale Watch off the Pacific coast when you can pay $15? These sites are a great way to save money and enjoy some wonderful family activities. Be sure and check local and nearby cities when searching around your destination and you should find some great deals.

2. Look For Discount Codes
All of the major amusement parks offer discounts for some national corporations. For example, Southwest Airlines employees get reduced rates at Disney and if any member of your family is an active member of the military, discounts should be easy to find! Even though booking online can be convenient, when it comes to tickets, the best way to get these discounts is to call. Keep in mind that you are the customer and they want you to come! Don't be embarrassed to ask for any potential discounts as you might be surprised what you find.

3. Look To Nature
Even though amusement parks can be fun, one of the most affordable things you can do on a family vacation is to get outside! National and state parks are a free and never-ending resource of fun. Many have programs for kids to become junior park rangers which makes for a fun and interactive experience that your kids will remember for a long time. Most national parks are also handicap friendly and should be able to accommodate every member of your family.

4. Call Your Bank and Wholesale Club
The final rule of thumb when booking activities for your vacation is to call your bank, wholesale club, grocery store, etc. There might be negotiated rates that they make available to their customers but don't always publicize. This includes places like Sam's Club and Costco as well as national grocery store chains. You might be surprised at the level of deals you can find!
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