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17 Jun 2022
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It's safe to say that often the most challenging hurdle with planning a vacation is the costs associated. Fortunately, at Compass Resorts we are here to help you get the most out of your vacation without breaking the bank! Find out how you can spend more time together creating memories and having incredible adventures to look forward to all while being budget-friendly! Check out this blog for a few helpful tips to protect your pocketbook, and get you one step closer to paradise.

1. Book Direct

Booking your dream Emerald Coast vacation is easier than ever with the development of travel agencies, such as Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com- however, they might not always be the least expensive or best fit! Booking directly through an on-site rental management company, such as Compass Resorts is not only a traditionally less expensive option - but a much smoother experience with more perks! Booking directly allows you to get the lowest rate on your vacation rental. Many online travel agencies add a booking or service fee (which is added to your final total) in addition to the nightly rate, cleaning fee, and taxes. These booking fees can quickly add up to affect your vacation budget! In addition, third-party companies generally do not offer specials, promotions, or discounts on reservations. When you book direct, you can take advantage of exclusive booking discounts, which means more money to spend at restaurants and other fun activities! Book Direct with Compass Resorts today!

2. Prepare Meals from your Vacation Rental

At Compass Resorts, nearly all of our rentals offer fully equipped kitchens with all the bells and whistles for you to go full chef mode! This alone will save money on going out to eat for every meal during your stay. You can also pack snacks or make something simple and cost-effective like sandwiches for the beach to keep the whole crew happy all day! 

3. Go to the Beach or Pool!

This may seem like a no-brainer while visiting the Emerald Coast, but spending the day at most beaches or your pool is free and fun! Nearly all of our vacation rentals at Compass Resorts offer beach access and awesome amenities such as playgrounds and swimming pools, so this is an excellent way to save money without even having to leave your resort!

4. Visit During the Off-Season

If you visit the Destin area during the Spring or Summer season, it not only is the most crowded time to vacation here but also the most costly. The rates for vacation rentals tend to be significantly higher in these months, however, the beach is beautiful here year-round! If you have flexible dates, the fall, winter, late spring, and later summer months offer cheaper rates and are just as beautiful as the peak seasons! 

5. Driving Versus Flying

Although gas prices are at an all-time high, there are several advantages to driving over flying. If you live within reasonable driving distance of the South East, this is an option worth considering for a few reasons. Public transit is not easily accessible in our area, and without a vehicle, you will mostly have to rely on ride services such as Uber or Lyft to get around, which can really add up! Another reason you might consider driving is that you are able to pack more necessities that are harder to fit into a suitcase. Basic necessities such as a cooler, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, cooking seasonings, and condiments are all commonly purchased items you will likely want for your vacation rental, especially if you stay for a whole week!

6. Coupons

If you want to eat at a local restaurant or indulge in some exciting tourist attractions while you are on vacay, there are some ways to save money! There are menu magazines with coupons for local restaurants, as well as activity coupons in most lobbies- be sure to check your lobby's "brochure room/section" for great savings! If you're staying at an off-site property, stop by The Palms of Destin to pick up a local coupon magazine! Another fantastic way to save money on local attractions is by becoming a Compass Club member! Compass Resorts has partnered with a wide variety of local businesses to offer discounts, ultimately enhancing our club member's vacation experience. Keeping your dream vacation in mind, these promotions will help you explore the Emerald Coast like never before while saving you some money!