A family of four vacationing in a great city like San Francisco, California can be expensive. Once you add up the costs involved with getting there, feeding your family, doing fun activities, and staying in a hotel, your travel budget can be shot. That’s why a home exchange is so easy on your wallet. There’s no lodging costs involved when you trade houses with someone. By doing a home exchange and driving to our vacation spot, we saved lots of money on lodging and transportation.
The added bonus was the house we stayed in had a garage so we had a parking spot in the city which was also crucial to keeping our costs down. We didn’t have to pay to park our car for the week and we also didn’t have to worry about moving it every 2 hours!
Frugal in San Francisco Part 3:
Transportation and Lodging
Here’s what we did not have to pay for…
We did not have to pay for a hotel room. Because we had a home exchange, our lodging costs for the week were zero. We also ate most of our meals at home which saved us lots of money.
We did not have to pay for airline tickets. We considered flying but after looking at the cost of airline tickets for four people vs. driving, and not having to get a rental car, we came out way ahead on our expenses. Yes, we had to pay for gas but we saved a lot of money by driving in the end. We also saw some beautiful scenery in Southern Oregon….
And near Mt. Shasta, California….
Here’s where we’ll splurge on, on our next trip to San Francisco…
We’ll definitely be taking the cable car next time. It is expensive ($6 per trip) but for the quintessential San Francisco experience, we have to do it. This trip we wanted to ride it when we got too tired walking home one afternoon. We waited for a while in line to take it it home but it was too crowded for us to get on. Next time, we’ll also look into getting the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Muni Passport which allows you to use unlimited public transportation (including the cable car!) throughout the city for several days. The other option is the CityPass for San Francisco, which includes cable car rides as well as entrance to several museums in the area. These passes are generally worth purchasing if you plan not drive while staying in a large city and want to hit several big museums.
By keeping our lodging and transportation costs down we can vacation again sooner rather than later. Picking where to splurge and where to save are good ways to live frugally with style in everyday life and while you vacation as well.
Do you have travel plans coming up? How do you splurge on vacation? How do you save?
You can sign-up for InterVac Home Exchange service by clicking the image below. Type in the name “TETREAULT” at checkout and receive $5.00 off your membership. InterVac is short for International Vacation but you can do exchanges within your own country as well. This is the website we’ve used for all 7 and soon to be 8 of our home exchanges. If you’d like me to speak to your group or organization about home swapping, frugal living with style or blogging, please check here.