Vacation Cost Comparison Guide

Compare vacation prices and make your money go further with tips from Citizens Bank

When you're planning for a vacation, it's important to remember your camera, your toothbrush - and your bank account balance. It's easy to get caught up reading travel guides and browsing photo galleries, but before choosing your destination, don't forget to compare vacation prices so you can enjoy a fun, relaxing, and affordable vacation. Just like plotting your route on a map, researching vacation costs lets you know what to expect while you're away from home. Take a look at our vacation cost comparison guide to get a better idea of what to expect when planning your next getaway. Then, to save for your trip, consider opening a bank account at Citizens Bank and using our mobile banking app to set goals, monitor transactions and set up automatic or manual transfers.

Choose wisely to save on cruise vacation costs

It's easy to see why cruises are popular - room and board is provided, and vacationers can travel to a number of different destinations with ease. Some cruise packages even include airfare to and from the ship's home port, which can help you save even more on transportation costs.

However, it's important to remember that there are a number of services that are not covered when you book a cruise trip, even with 'all-inclusive' packages. While each cruise line varies, these are just a few examples of what may or may not be covered during your trip:

  • Shore excursions and tours.
  • Spa or salon treatments.
  • Onboard activities.
  • Laundry.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Gratuities.
  • Internet access.

Before you book your cruise, determine what you're willing to pay for and what you can do without. Also, be sure to check with the cruise line to clarify what is included in its packages so you don't end up paying unexpected vacation costs such as airfare or pre-launch lodging. If you're willing to spend extra on activities or services, make sure to factor them into your vacation expenses and transfer the additional money to your bank account.

Compare vacation prices for the best beach trip

Many people think that a beach vacation means tropical sand and surf, but it doesn't have to. A lakeside vacation could offer the same opportunities to swim, boat and sunbathe and could be more accessible than a trip to the ocean.

The primary expenses for a beach vacation are transportation and lodging, so it's best to book ahead for both. Look at online travel sites for package deals that include airfare and hotels if you plan to vacation far from home. You may also wish to consider renting a house, cottage or condo within easy walking or driving distance of the beach. In addition to saving on hotel rates or resort prices, you can cook and eat meals at your rental to save even more on vacation costs.

Use apps to save money on road trips

Road trips can be an inexpensive getaway, but this vacation's costs can add up quickly if you don't plan ahead. Buy and prepare snacks ahead of time to avoid trips to the drive-thru. If you think you'll need to stop for the night, book a room at a bed and breakfast or consider staying at a campsite. While you're traveling, use smartphone apps to find the lowest gas prices along your route - fuel could end up being the most expensive part of the trip, so it pays to plan ahead. If you find that you need additional money on the road, use mobile banking to easily transfer funds to your bank account.

Review vacation expenses when planning a camping trip

Much like road trips, camping excursions can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. Camping vacation costs vary greatly depending on your preference - a simple tent at a primitive campground will be relatively cheap, while renting a cabin or a Class A motorhome could cost hundreds of dollars even before fuel and food costs. Campsite fees can also add to your vacation expenses, though these vary depending on location and amenities. If you're just starting out, consider borrowing equipment from friends or taking a few short camping excursions close to home to get an idea of what you prefer. This can help save you time and money later on.

Open a bank account at Citizens Bank and use mobile banking to save for your next trip

Whether you're headed abroad or just down the road, it's smart to compare vacation prices beforehand so you can have fun without worrying about exceeding your trip budget. Plan for your next vacation with a bank account, then use the Citizens Bank mobile banking app to track your spending while you're on the go. To open an account or learn more about mobile banking, contact one of our customer service representatives today.


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