Tips for Affordable Houseboating

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Tips for Affordable Houseboating

A common misconception about houseboat vacations is that they’ll break the bank. On the contrary! There is a houseboat vacation for every group and every budget. At, we’re here to help you find the right location and houseboat for you, as well as to let you in on some tips to help you save even more!

Choosing a Houseboat:

This is an important one. Given the approximate number of your expected party, you’ll be able to determine how many beds you’ll need and consider who would be most comfortable where on the houseboat. If you have a lot of kids in your group, they may be perfect candidates to share the main living area on the pull out sofas, or on the mattresses on the top deck under the stars.


Level of amenities is also a large factor in determining the cost of a houseboat. Luxury houseboats with amenities such as a hot tub will be more costly than a standard houseboat, although, luxury houseboats are generally larger in size so you can invite more people to help share the cost.

Meal Planning:

The fact that you’re not going out for every meal will help keep the cost lower than a“mainstream” vacation. Plan your meals ahead of time and split the cost of groceries and cooking/cleaning duties with your group.


If you're able, prepping some meals in advance will make it easier to enjoy your vacation once you arrive. Pro tip: freeze things like prepared taco meat flat in gallon plastic bags, it will double as ice in your cooler. Also, buying main ingredients like chicken in bulk and using them in different meals during your trip will help keep that food cost low.


Specials and Discounts:

Generally, rates are lower “off season” than in the summer months. Give yourself an automatic discount by visiting in the lower seasons. But be sure to book early; because lower season dates fill up quickly; especially the dates that border the peak season.


When you call, ask your houseboating agent about any specials or discounts that may apply; we’ll give you all the insider information on how to save and details about the best deals available.


If you’re thinking about booking a houseboat vacation this year, give us a call, we’ll answer your questions and give you an idea of exactly what to expect. Request information online or call your friendly houseboating agent at 888-454-8825.

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