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Budget Boss: Room, Car, Flight to Puerto Rico for About $400pp

So, at the age of 32 my husband still has not gotten his behind on a plane. Pitiful right? Well, I didn’t start mini-traveling until my late 20s so I guess I can’t talk too much trash. I’ve only visited the Southern states, NY, PR and Jamaica. Of those few places, PR was at the top of my list for the most beautiful and least expensive places to kick back and relax.

As my 3 year wedding anniversary was quickly approaching, I started pondering about ways to celebrate. My husband and I have never done anything fantastical to commemorate our anniversary. Either we were too busy with work or the kids or just simply cash-strapped. I felt that we’ve hurdled over so many obstacles in the past year which is why it was only right to do something special, out of our normal, mundane routine. To San Juan, Puerto Rico we go!!! Thank God we don’t need a passport because the Mr. doesn’t have one. That saves us $150 off top!

For 2pplFlight $408Hotel $382Car $67Total $857

I chose Spirit as our carrier to paradise. Yes, I have to pay for the bags and assigned seats but it still wound up being cheaper than the other airlines. For both me and my husband, it costs only $408! This includes only one checked bag, my purse and his backpack (the latter two are free). That’s more than enough packing space since I plan to be half-naked for most of our trip J. I booked it almost two months in advance so that also helped us get the flight tickets for the low.

Are you on the hunt for some cheap flights? Here’s a few tips from Rachel Travels:

  1. Buy One-Way Tickets – Consider buying from separate airlines
  2. Use a Different Airport – An airport other than your home airport may be cheaper
  3. Bid on Your Flight – Skyauction.com is a good site to bid on single flights
  4. Fly on Separate Days – Tues, Wed and Sat are reportedly the cheapest days to travel.

hotelThis time around instead of using my fave sites Cheaptickets , Cheapoair or American Express Travel to find a hotel room, I decided to use Homeaway. Instead of renting a pricy room on the beach with limited amenities, we opted for a quaint, little studio condo on Isla Verde Beach. Now we don’t have to worry about driving down to the beach neither do we have to worry about eating out every single day since we have a full kitchen in the condo! For 4 days and 3 nights, it costs only $382 plus a $200 damage deposit, which is refundable two weeks after checkout! #Winning

carForget what you heard! Renting from a smaller, less popular rental agency has its perks. I decided to reserve an economy car similar to a Kia Rio from Dollar Rent-A-Car. I reserved without putting in my credit card so just in case I find a cheaper car, I can easily cancel without worrying about being charged. The car with Dollar rental is not only fuel efficient but also cheap! From Thurs to Sun, it costs only $67! This does not include insurance in which I decided to opt out of since my American Express card offers some coverage.

ActivitiesThe first places I searched for low cost fun was Groupon and Living Social. It sucks that neither one offers discounts in Puerto Rico. However, I did find viator.com which offers quite a few thrill seeking adventures for a discount. I also was able to find gustazos.com which is giving me hunger pangs right now as I type! They have tons of restaurants with amazing deals on food. Another site to find great deals is PuertoRicoDayTrips. The only issue is that the site is in Spanish. I recommend calling the restaurant and asking them to explain the deal in English. Last but definitely not least, The Culture Trip lists some of the best kept secrets in Puerto Rico.

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image courtesy: IG @o2v7

Although I live in Florida where the sun is always shining, I cannot wait to lay out on the crystal clear beaches of Puerto Rico. My husband and I are going to be away from our kids, work and responsibilities for an entire weekend. To say that I can’t wait is an understatement! Every couple needs to just get away from it all while frolicking in some tropical place at least once a year. You don’t have to break the bank to do it either. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Save
  2. Book your flight in advance with a la cart airlines like Spirit
  3. Rent your hotel room or condo at least one month in advance unless you don’t have a preference as far as location. You can use priceline.com to bid on a room which I’ve found much success with in the past. Otherwise, use HomeAway or VRBO if you prefer a condo or house
  4. Reserve your car with smaller, less popular rental agencies like Dollar, USave, Fox & Firefly
  5. Search online for discounts on food and activities on sites like Puerto Rico Daytrips, Gustazos & Ofertadeldia.

Now, let’s do the math:

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Are you planning a couple’s trip this year? Where are you going? Is it budget-friendly? Drop the deets down below. We’d love to hear about it!

~Teni

 

 

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