Planning to Visit Florida's for Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo? Here are Money Saving Tips if You are on A Tight Budget
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Florida is famously known as the ‘Sunshine’ state. Oddly enough, it is frequented by hurricanes bringing about massive flooding. But as the name states, its resilience is seen by its community and yes, vibrant and exciting events such as the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo.
A brief time in history
It is the largest fundraiser event led by Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) in a 25-acre land where 11 buildings solely dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. This is an event attracting no less than 200,000 guests within and outside Florida from professionals, teachers, and students coming from sectors such as IT specialists, data recovery in Florida specialists, cloud architects, web developers as well as volunteers, performers, sponsors, and exhibitors. All proceeds coming from this event will go to ACE advocacies.
With a little optimism and street smarts, you will enjoy the best of Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in Expo without breaking the bank.
Eat more, spend less
There are many local restaurants that offer cheaper rates for meals. While there may be food stalls available in the venue, it can get crowded (imagine serving 200,000 guests!) so the waiting line (and patience) may take a toll in your sanity. Plus, you often pay a hefty price for an ordinary meal.
To avoid all these, you can opt to check for nearby restaurants and make your reservations early. Or you can eat a heavier breakfast, a large dinner, and take snacks for lunch to keep hunger at bay.
Book your accommodations early
Drawing such a large crowd, expect nearby inns and hotels may be fully occupied a week or two prior to the event. Check for local establishments and book your reservations early. Or if you’re feeling a little adventurous and don’t mind a little discomfort, try couch surfing or booking through Airbnb. Do you have friends or people in a physical or virtual community that would also come for the event? Go for shared rooms. You usually pay half the price (or less) if you reserve by groups.
Sunblock and clothes
Remember, this is the Sunshine state. And expect lots of it. If you’re flying in to Florida, consider buying a large bottle of sunblock. Sunburn can ruin the fun for you–plus it doesn’t look good on photos!
And with tourists come criminals. If you’re coming in with a car, make sure that your luggage is out from plain sight. This is an easy way for criminals to detect tourists. Always keep all your big bills inside your money belt.
Watch out for Interstate 4
It’s an absolute must you’re familiar with the roads in Florida. Interstate 4 is the road connecting Daytona, Tampa, Disney, and Orlando. Be warned: Keep a close eye on speed limits and warning signs along this highway. You’ll occasionally see warnings and any violation of these can get you hailed by traffic officers and charged with a hefty fine.