I recently took a trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley. It was a mother daughter vacation as I flew my mom in from Wisconsin to join me for the trip. My flight only ended up costing me $50 because I had some money left over on a flight voucher (see my blog Delayed flight could lead to a perk for your pocket book). That allowed me the opportunity to pay for most of my mom’s flight as a birthday, Christmas, mother’s day present for her for the next year…or two. I will admit I really didn’t do much research on the cost of taking a trip to San Francisco until after the flight was booked. When I started looking into booking a hotel room I began to realize how expensive it was going to be to stay in downtown San Francisco. After lots of research and reading many reviews on Tripadvisor, I was able to find a good rate on a great little boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco. This great deal did come with a bit of a catch, I had to pre-pay to get the rate and it was non-refundable. If you are willing to take a risk when you travel, you could end up saving a few hundred dollars by prepaying for your hotel room.
Stay posted for my next blog where I will share other ways I was able to stick to a budget and save money while vacationing in Northern California.