The only thing that can make a memorable vacation better is discovering new ways to have fun and save money at the same time. That is why we have put together a simple list of all the ways you can cut costs and enjoy your favorite activities during your next Smoky Mountain cabin vacation.
1. Stick To Your Budget
As you probably already know, the first step to planning a memorable Smoky Mountain cabin vacation is to create a budget for you and your family or group to follow while you are here. This budget should include lodging cost, gas money, good expenses, attraction tickets, groceries and anything else that you will have to pay for while you are area.
Now, that being said, the budget is also the most important thing in terms of finding ways to save money. For example, when you are looking at your itinerary and you find an attraction or a restaurant that you aren’t completely sold on visiting, you can skip it. This, in turn, will add that money back into your budget so you can spend it somewhere else.
Setting a budget will also help you stay conscious of how much money you are spending on your vacation. When you are here, it is easy to become mesmerized by all the flashy souvenirs shops and fun things to do, but your wallet may not be as impressed. We aren’t saying that it’s not acceptable to splurge a little bit while you are here, but you want to make sure that you don’t go too overboard when you are also trying to save money.
2. Check For Specials
The easiest way to add a little wiggle room into your vacation budget is to look for specials and discounts to use during your stay. Not only are finding specials a good way to save money, but you can also get a little more bang for your buck. For example, if you find a special that offers a four-night vacation for the price of three, that is one extra day you get to spend in the heart of the Smoky Mountains at no extra cost.
Click here to view all of our current discounts on our Smoky Mountain cabins.
3. Look For Free or Discount Attraction Tickets
Just like you should look for discounts on your cabin, it is a smart idea to take a little time and search for any available discount attraction tickets to use during your Smoky Mountain cabin vacation. This will help you enjoy all of your favorite fun things to do in the area without worrying about breaking the bank.
At Amazing Views, we offer free tickets to several popular Smoky Mountain attractions just for staying with us. To find out more about our Rewards Card program, click here.
Outside of our free attraction tickets, we recommend that you visit your favorite attraction’s website to see if they are offering any online deals or promotions when you book online. A few of our favorite area attractions that offer online discounts include:
- Smoky Mountain Outdoors: http://www.smokymountainrafting.com/reserve.php
- The Comedy Barn: http://www.comedybarn.com/discount-tickets/buy-tickets
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium: http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/
- Titanic Museum: https://www.titanicpigeonforge.com/tickets/index_pf.php
4. Book With Friends
It’s simple math, really. The more people you invite to join you during your Smoky Mountain cabin vacation, the more people you will have to split your travel costs between. This means that your lodging cost will be cheaper, you won’t have to spend as much money on gas, you will have more people to divide the grocery bill between, and so on.
Aside from saving money, booking with friends and family also gives you the opportunity to share this exciting experience with more people you love. In turn, you will also be able to create more long-lasting memories and strengthen the bond you share with your nearest and dearest.
5. Cook Your Own Meals
Eating out can easily be one of the most expensive things you do during your Smoky Mountain cabin vacation, especially if you plan on dining out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That is why we always recommend that you consider preparing a few meals yourself by taking advantage of your cabin’s fully-equipped kitchens. Now, these don’t have to be extravagant meals, you are on vacation after all. However, a few simple dishes like pasta meals, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, will easily feed you and your family or group for a fraction of the cost of eating out.
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