Here are some quick tips to help you do a Budget trip to New England in October !
- Airfare: A couple tips on Airfare- book early- use a flight tracker such as Google Flights, Kayak or Hopper to just name a few- these will watch prices and alert you when it is a good time to purchase
- Fly on days such as Tues or Wednesday if possible.
3. Car rental prices – again look early, compare multiple sites like Kayak, CheapCarrental.com and sign up for rewards programs thru the big names like Enterprise. Another way to save is skip the extras, double check your other insurance thru your credit card to avoid tacking on additional insurance. Having one driver is another way to save money. Car-pool- go with a group of people so you can split the charge.
4. Lodging- I find there are many places to stay in New England and there are often places just off the beaten path that will charge a bit less. Look at sites like Hotels.com which will often list nearby cities and options, and then book direct thru the Hotel or motel. Read the fineprint on cancel policies. If you can avoid the big Columbus Day Weekend you will save money- weekend are most expensive! Share lodging- either with your travel companions or check the smaller no name mom and pops. I have found many clean rooms with bathroom that aren’t super fancy that are much cheaper than the Chain names and often with these rooms you will get free coffee or breakfast included.
5. Food- with cooler temps – you can buy food at local markets, or stop at the many Country Stores and get some incredible soups and sandwiches to sustain you. If you start with a good breakfast (maybe included with your lodging) and then snack along the way- all those Free Sample cheese shops….you can have a light dinner from one of the many Country Stores!
6. Skip the tours- there are plenty of places to enjoy all that fall offers without an “Admission Price” – covered bridges everywhere, scenic hiking, cheese sampling, small historic towns, lighthouses and more. Do some internet research and you will find so much to fill your days!
7. Souvenirs- If you want to buy some gifts for yourself or others- buy local- many of the local grocery stores have local jams, syrups and more. Maybe I just like to eat but bringing back a food item is a great practical gift and often doesn’t have to cost a lot. Cell phone photos- take a lot of cell phone photos and turn your photos into cards, puzzles and so many more items, check out sites like shutterfly.com, moo.com, snapfish and others for unique gifts using your photos
Most important is start planning EARLY- if you plan ahead you will have the best selection of rooms – waiting will result in being subject to what is available and where it may be available.
Thanks for reading my blog! My name is April and I have been traveling to New England specifically in October since 2003 and can help you plan the trip of a lifetime or join me and leave it all to someone else!