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4 Budget Lodging Options to Stretch Your Holiday Travel Funds

Posted on 12/20/16 4:30 PM

holiday travel on a budget.jpgIf you have an extreme case of wanderlust, you may be ready to jump on an airplane and fly away right now. Unfortunately, we all have bills to pay, and traveling whenever we feel like it isn't always feasible financially. This is especially true for those who may be considering bankruptcy.

That said, with a bit of planning and saving, almost anyone can afford to hit the road if given the time to prepare.

If you are trying to work your way out of debt, or even if you have recently filed for bankruptcy, you may think a holiday vacation is too far off to even consider. However, there are ways to cut the cost of travel significantly and make seeing the world a possibility even for those who may be struggling financially. Be sure to look into every possible money-saving option and pay cash for everything you do, and you can likely head out of town sooner than you might imagine. 

One of the best ways to cut travel costs is to look into all of the lodging options available to you and choose the one that best suits your budget and needs. Below we have gathered a list of our favorite low-cost lodging options so you can be sure you are getting the best bang for your buck.


One of the only free lodging options out there, Couchsurfing is an amazing peer-to-peer sharing program that allows homeowners to offer up their couch or extra bed to weary travelers in exchange for a good story about their adventures or sometimes a home-cooked meal.


Similar to Couchsurfing (in that homeowners offer up their personal space to travelers), Airbnb is a great way to find entire homes for rent no matter where you travel. While you will have to pay for your stay when renting through Airbnb, you and your family will have the entire place to yourselves, and the prices involved are almost always very reasonable.

Thousand Trails

Do you own an RV? If so, you can save tons of money on campground fees at camping resorts across the United States by purchasing a Zone Pass from Thousand Trails. This pass allows you thirty days of free camping at any of the campgrounds listed in your zone, and camping for $3 a night at those campgrounds after you have used your thirty days. Be sure to ask for special deals when you order, as there are often "buy one get one" deals or percent-off coupons.

Dry Camping

If you enjoy camping—whether in a tent or an RV—and want free lodging, you might find the dry camping on the public lands of the US to be right up your alley. This camping is absolutely free, but some locations might require you to register before taking advantage of the camping. Locations can be found in National Forests as well as through the Bureau of Land Management. While there are no amenities included at these camp sites, there is almost always a gorgeous view available.

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