There aren’t many people to whom Florida doesn’t appeal, and over recent years those people who have dreamed of heading to the Sunshine State may have had to put their dreams on hold simply for financial reasons. The good news is that flights in general have come down in price over the last few years, and certainly over the last decade, you can find a flight to Florida for a much cheaper price tag than you could before.
This is great news for anyone wanting to head off for fun in the sun!
Of course, saving money doesn’t end at the flight part of the whole shebang, and making Florida an affordable family holiday, a group getaway, or a romantic break for two, can be done in a few other ways too.
Pick your accommodation wisely
Remember that your accommodation is likely to be only a base, especially if you’re heading to Orlando, and you’re not really going to be in it all that much. The cost of a hotel in Miami is likely to be a little more costly, basically because it’s a large and glamorous city, but the key is to shop around and be realistic about your needs. If you’re looking at an Orlando break, why not club together with another family or group and share a villa? You pay per villa, not per person, so the more people you can get to club in, the cost is split over more people, making it cheaper for you on the whole. Florida also has the third most campgrounds and RV parks of any state, so it’s easy to find a campsite in cities like Miami.
Make sure you shop around for car hire
Most people hire a car when they head to Florida, because the distances are sprawling, and having your own set of wheels gives you more in the way of freedom. If you book a package deal, you may find that you get car hire thrown in for free, and that’s a great saving, but do remember to look at the cost of insurance which is added on top; sometimes it is cheaper to shop around and find a hire and insurance deal separately – be a little savvy here.
Check your ticket requirements and go for bundles
For any attractions in the Florida area, especially on theme parks in Orlando, plan your time beforehand a little and figure out how many days you’re going to need in each park. You don’t need to be too rigid with this, but having a rough idea allows you to buy ticket bundles, rather than paying per person, per day, on the door – this will always work out more expensive. If you’re doing Orlando and you want to split your time between Disney World and Universal for example, don’t go buying a 14 day ticket for Disney and a 14 day ticket for Universal, because you can’t be in two places at one time – yes that gives you flexibility, but you’re probably paying far too much for something you don’t need. Plan it out and buy the correct number of days – you will save if you do this.
Stock up on food at breakfast
Florida is well known for food, and those buffet breakfast restaurants, such as Golden Corral, are certainly the place to go in order to fuel up for your day. This means you won’t be hungry at lunch, and you can simply have an evening meal, grabbing a snack mid-way if need be.
Don’t go mad with shopping
This is easier said than done, especially when you are faced with huge shopping malls, but remember that if you didn’t need something in the first place, then it’s not a bargain, it’s false economy! Don’t go mad, and think before you buy.
These are just a few ways you can cut costs and make your Florida holiday a little more affordable.
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