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No one loves coming home from vacation broke.
I sure don’t! As a self-proclaimed frugalista, I hate paying full price for anything. I love snagging deals…especially on activities and vacation getaways. The best vacations are the ones that make memories, not debt!
I love being able to pay for everything ahead of time. On vacation, I only want to pay for food and souvenirs…not think about how I am going to have to sacrifice my Starbucks to pay for the fun when it is all over. This post does contain affiliate links, but please know that I only promote products that I know, love and trust. There is never any additional cost to you, but you can totally check out my full disclosure here.
When it comes to planning a trip, or even a fun weekend activity, these websites are my money-saving go-to’s. Several on this list are Florida/Orlando specific, but there are a few others that will be great regardless of where you are hoping to wander.
Seriously….if a website could be a BFF, Groupon would be one of mine!
We are always finding super cool activities via Groupon. They have everything from huge international trips, to quirky little local activities that we may not otherwise check out except for the deal. PLUS, they seem to always be running sales with promo codes for extra doneros off. It makes my heart happy. Several of the activities I mention in my post, 8 Awesome Budget and Kid-Friendly Orlando Activities, often run Groupon deals to give families more bang for their buck. For example, by checking Groupon first now, you could easily save 10% on admission to the Crayola Experience! Yippee!
Groupon has expanded to areas nationwide. So, whether you are planning to visit Florida, or your own backyard, chances are you can check out Groupon and find something fun!
Undercover Tourist rocks my socks off!
When we traveled to Florida for our 3rd anniversary trip ( before the magic of becoming actual residents occurred), we used Undercover Tourist to save big money on Universal tickets. The site has since expanded and it offers awesome discounts for Disney, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Legoland and beyond. For example, simply going through Undercover Tourist can save you up to $20 off a single-day ticket at Sea World, tax included!
They also have deals for attractions in San Diego and Los Angeles.
The site is reputable, secure and they offer free shipping of actual tickets (if you purchase enough in advance). Plus, their site is chock full of awesome resources like crowd calendars, to help you plan the best days for certain parks. Even as a local expert, I still use this resource and find it very accurate. I highly recommend everyone checks out this site before planning their Florida Vacation!
Yeah…buddy. This one excites me. TravelZoo is so totes amazing at finding getaway deals I can’t stand it. If you don’t know where you want to vacation and are open to suggestions based on deals-this is your stop. At TravelZoo, you can search deals based on your current location. Plus, whether you want a short trip, long trip, last-minute trip, domestic, international getaway or local activity—the site is categorized and easy to navigate.
My fave feature on TravelZoo is their Top 20 newsletter. A quick email sign up will get you their weekly newslette, which will include their creme de la creme deal picks that make even the most exotic locations seem within financial reach!
The peeps over at Orlando on the Cheap do an amazing job of hunting down local deals and posting them in an easy to navigate blog site.
This resource is incredibly thorough. You can navigate through a variety of free and cheap activities for kids and adults alike. Plus, you can even custom search for deals available during your stay. They also have a free email where you can have deals directly sent to your inbox.
If you are not set on Orlando, this site is an extension of a larger network…FloridaOnTheCheap. This site will provide the same thoroughness of resources for deals statewide. Super cool!
VisitOrlando.com is probably the most comprehensive resource online for planning your Orlando vacation.
This site has it all. Events, things to do, places to stay…and, yes, a page completely dedicated to discounts. Noted as the “Official Travel Source for Orlando Travel Planning,” VisitOrlando even has brick and mortar visitor centers,where you can purchase discount attraction tickets and speak to local experts in person.
The world wide web is loaded with resources to assist in your travel planning, but these five are resources I use personally and frequently. I highly recommend you check them out before planning your next adventure!