What if you could plan a trip and spend 40 percent less than what most people spend? Get away, live differently, experience great things in a new place, and create fond memories for a bit more than what you might spend on your regular routine at home? I bet you would travel more! According to American Express, families spend roughly $1145 per person for a weeks’ vacation. That is definitely more than what we spend at home each week. Certain destinations are perfect for cheap getaways, like Salt Lake City, Utah. With some planning using convenient resources and looking at travel a little differently, you can experience great things in Salt Lake City very inexpensively.
Find the Cheapest Way to Get to SLC
It is easy to find cheap flights to Salt Lake City using Hipmunk.com. The site’s comparisons make it quick and easy to search all the best discount airlines and find a rock-bottom price to suit your budget. Searching for flights six weeks in advance is the sweet spot for finding the lowest rates. Choosing to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday will save you even more. We found flights from Calgary to SLC for $330 per person, round trip!
Book the Best Value-Added Way to Stay
The average cost of a decent hotel room in Salt Lake City is between $110 and $170 a night. After flights, accommodations are the most expensive travel cost. I like to stay in nice places but nice hotels with comfortable extras are always expensive.
The best way to stay cheap in a nice place is with an Airbnb rental. Some whole-home rentals cost as little as $100 a night or less in SLC! We found four options for $50 a night that fit our preferences in the area we wanted to stay–so our total cost would be $350 for a whole week! We save even more staying in an entire place rental because of the kitchen. We budget what we would spend on groceries weekly for food and plan to spend extra for eating out. Being able to cook some meals and keep snacks in a fridge cuts restaurant costs in half. Pick a rental in the city center–downtown SLC is very walkable with great access to public transit. You save again with no need for a car rental.
Choose Cheap and Free Things to do
Taking advantage of free or cheap activities adds value to your trip. You experience a lot and save money for special activities by not spending for every attraction. Salt Lake City is loaded with free and affordable things to do–museums, gardens, amusement parks, historical architecture, and tours. Use Weotta.com to find fun, affordable things to do in SLC. Weotta makes it easy to find great restaurants and things to do for prices you want to pay. We budget $350 to $500 for eating out and activities.
Our total cost for an SLC trip: $2,190, or $730 per person compared to the average $3,435 or $1,145 per person. Saving 40 percent makes more travel possible for us. I hope this article inspires a getaway for you!