6 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

Traveling doesn’t have to become an incredible expense. Sure, it will always cost a bit of money, but there are plenty of tips and tricks out there to help you get the most out of your dollar along the way. Before your next big adventure, do a little research into how to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Start here, with these 6 tips for traveling on a budget!

1. Travel Off Season.

Accommodations, flights, and tourist activities are typically always more expensive during peak travel seasons. If you’re looking to save money, be open to the idea of traveling during what might be considered the area’s shoulder or off season. You’ll enjoy fewer crowds and reduced prices.

After all, there are plenty of unforgettable sights to see, even in the winter! Discover these 5 incredible winter road trips in America.

2. Take a Road Trip.

Travel doesn’t always mean leaving on a jetplane. Consider a road trip for your next adventure to enjoy significant cost savings. Road trips are great for family travel, giving everyone the opportunity to bond, learn, and experience new people and places along the way. There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.” 

We have plenty of resources to help you make the most of your road trip, including:

3. Use Extended Stay Accommodations

Instead of paying per night as you would at a regular hotel, when you book a room at an extended stay property you pay by the week with rates comparable to just a night or two at an average hotel.

Extended stay rooms are great options for stays of a week or more, and if you know you’ll be staying for 30 days or more, at many locations you’ll have the option of taking advantage of savings by prepaying for the month.

Many properties also offer Stow and Go promotions where if you need to leave town for a few days, you can keep your room and all of your belongings for a low nightly rate – along with being cost efficient, it saves the hassle of packing and unpacking!

4. Look for Free Activities.

Do some research before you go to find out what’s available at your destination in the way of free entertainment. From free walking, biking, and history tours, to Free Days or discounted days at local museums and galleries, you’ll be able to find a few great activities for little to no cost. Be sure to also make a list of locations with free WiFi!

5. Cook Your Own Meals.

Dining out adds to the whole travel experience, and can be a really enjoyable part of your adventure. But there are certain meals (think breakfast, and snacks) that make sense to prepare on your own to keep your budget in check. Look for accommodations with some form of kitchen facility (like our extended stay accommodation options!).

6. Use Public Transportation.

Really get to know your destination by traveling as the locals do. Ditch the expensive cab rides, and instead, hop on the bus or subway! You’ll enjoy discovering routes through the area and taking in the sights along the way. Consider buying a pass instead of paying for single tickets.

A small budget doesn’t mean you’ll have less fun on your travels. Get creative and do your research, you’ll be surprised at how many ways there are to save along the way! Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure.

5 Reasons to Visit West Palm Beach this Winter

If it’s cold and snowy where you live, chances are you’ve already thought about the possibility of a little winter getaway – something to lift your spirits and remind you that summer really isn’t *too* far away. Lucky for you, we know just the place!

This winter, take a trip to West Palm Beach, Florida, and enjoy some much needed fun in the sun. Discover our top 5 reasons to visit West Palm Beach this season.

Beautiful beaches.

Winter is an excellent time to visit West Palm Beach as it’s the driest season and temperatures comfortably average between the upper 70s and low 80s. The waters are pleasantly warm year round, making visits to the beach possible any time of year. Many of the beaches around West Palm provide great snorkeling, so remember to pack a mask and some fins! 

Check out resources like this Yelp guide to the best beaches in West Palm Beach to help plan your visit.

And if you prefer freshwater to seawater, West Palm and the surrounding areas are also home to many lakes and waterways where you can enjoy a day of paddling, fishing or sailing!

Entertainment options aplenty.

Set in nearby Jupiter, the Roger Dean Stadium hosts plenty of entertainment options for visitors to West Palm Beach. In late winter and early spring, sport enthusiasts will love the opportunity to watch teams like the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins getting ready for their season with Spring Training. It’s worth a trip to see if you can pick out which players are shaping up to have an amazing season of major league baseball.

The Honda Classic.

From February 22 – 28, visitors can watch some of the world’s very best golfers as they play the PGA Tour Honda Classic, held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach. The Honda Classic brings the world’s best PGA TOUR players to Palm Beach County, providing a week of entertainment for the entire community – all with a greater goal of supporting South Florida charities through the Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc.

The Lion Country Safari.

Lion Country Safari, one of the world’s best zoos, can be found in the Palm Beach area. Unlike regular zoos where you walk by animals cooped up in tiny cages, at the Lion Country Safari the animals are free to roam in wide open areas and you drive through the exhibits, just like you would do on a real African safari.

ArtPalm Beach.

ArtPalmBeach is internationally renowned as the premiere mid-winter contemporary art fair on Florida’s Gold Coast. In its 19th year, it is Palm Beach County’s longest running fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over 85 international galleries will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, as well as functional and innovative design. Video, new technologies, performance art, art installations have become a unique feature offering collectors exposure to today’s emerging art trends.

InTown Suites West Palm Beach property is conveniently located close to downtown and is only 3 miles from the ocean, delivering everything you need for an enjoyable extended stay in West Palm Beach. We provide apartment-style rooms with no lease and no credit check. Our temporary housing location also provides easy access to Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike.