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Planning Your Vacation: 5 Ways to Save Money

Planning Your Vacation: 5 Ways to Save Money

Many budget-savvy travelers use several money-saving moves when they arrive for a houseboating vacation on Shasta Lake.

A houseboat is a naturally economic way to explore all the things to see and do on Shasta Lake to the fullest. It’s easy to cut costs throughout your vacation by cooking meals at home or exploring the numerous free and natural attractions along the shoreline.

But did you know that you can also save precious vacation funds before your vacation even begins? It all starts with some smart decisions when booking your upcoming houseboat vacation.

1. Aim for the Off-Season

Shasta Lake is a stunning vacation destination all year-round. Still, vacationers on a budget who prefer the cooler fall, winter, and spring seasons may want to consider an off-season or “value season” vacation.

After the summer activity winds down, rates for houseboat rentals naturally drop as well, as the crowds dwindle, but Shasta Lake remains just as enticing.

2. Opt for a Longer Trip

It sounds counterintuitive, but the longer you vacation, the more opportunity you have to save! Rental rates for houseboats proportionally go down for lengthier vacations, so you’ll end up spending less if you stay for a full week as opposed to a long weekend.

Best of all, you’ll enjoy a longer vacation on the pristine waters of Shasta Lake, and that’s certainly a benefit that everyone on board will enjoy.

3. Book Early!

Reserving your vacation as early as possible ensures you get the best selection when it comes to both your vacation dates and the variety of houseboats.

Many holiday weekends, and especially popular weekends in the summertime tend to fill up quickly and can be reserved months ahead of time. That’s why it’s essential to book as early as you can to ensure you get the best houseboat and the best timeframe for your crew.

4. Bring a Big Crew

One of the most alluring aspects of a houseboating vacation is there’s room to bring everyone along.

Our houseboats at Bridge Bay Marina can accommodate up to 12 guests, so there’s plenty of elbow room for all of your family and friends who want to come aboard.

And the more people who come along, the more evenly you can split the costs of accommodations, food, gas, and activities, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a budget-friendly vacation without breaking the bank.

5. Stay at the Bridge Bay Resort!

We have an exceptional selection of houseboats with everything you need on board to cut costs. Our houseboats are fully equipped, so all you’ll have to bring along are the ingredients for a great time.

  • Kitchens
  • Cookware
  • Appliances
  • Dishes and flatware
  • Grills

Best of all, with the following, you don’t have to venture far to have an exceptional vacation.

  • Ample sleeping areas
  • Decks
  • Lounging spots
  • Fun amenities like a waterslide

With so many ways to have fun, a Bridge Bay houseboating vacation is always a fun and breezy adventure that can be cost-effective from start to finish.

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