Ian Filippini: Santa Barbara on a Budget

Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini

Santa Barbara on a Budget

If you think that visiting Santa Barbara on a budget is out of the question, Ian Filippini Santa Barbara, Filippini Wealth management Inc. president, is here to tell you differently. The beautiful costal city is home to only about 90,000 residents, but there’s an enormous number of visitors who flock to the city each summer to enjoy the beaches, festivals and other activities enjoyed in SB. Ian Filippini Santa Barbara is here to change the minds of those thinking you cannot affordably visit the city. Continue reading to learn his advice for your budget-friendly trip.

Nowhere Else on Earth

Santa Barbara is certainly an affluent town. There are millionaires on every block, and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey either live in the city or own a guest or vacation home in the area. There’s certainly many exquisite attractions, whether you want to enjoy PGA class golf or five-course meals at some of the most superb restaurants in Southern Cal. But, there are also tons of cheaper, more affordable options for those who haven’t this large  bank account or financial status in life.

When will you Travel?

The best way to save money when traveling, according to Ian Filippini Santa Barbara and all other budget-conscience travelers, is to travel during off-season. The warmest time of the year in the city is the fall and summer, and these two seasons are known as peak season. Traveling during peak season is fairly expensive, and bargains won’t be quite so easy to spot. Traveling during the winter or spring months is a far more viable option if you are looking for the best deals.

Your SB Stay

There are enamoring hotels in Santa Barbara, but there are also an assortment of cheaper hotel and motel options as well. To find these deals, a search of the internet is in order. While considering the cost of the hotel, make sure that you also look at other extras that might be thrown in for free (which saves a ton of cash) such as free breakfast, free shuttle and free parking. Some of the more affordable lodging options in the city include:

  • The Sandman Inn –Located in the downtown State Street area of town.
  • Hotel Goleta –Hotel located close to the airport
  • Oasis Inn & Suites –Oasis is also located on State Street
  • Peterson Village Inn –Located in Solvang
  • AAE SB Hostel –Room rates per night can be as low as $25
  • Hotel Quality Inn – Located on De La Vina Street

Getting around the City

Taxi cabs are available for transportation in the city, but this can become pretty expensive, especially if you plan on seeing a lot of what the city has to offer. A more affordable option is to rent a car. Not only can you enjoy your time as you desire when you rent a vehicle, you will also spend much less than what would be spent on a taxi.

Even better, walking around the city on foot is an option. There’s no cost to walk on foot, and there are far more discoveries to be made when you are on foot, things that you might not see in a vehicle.

Free Stuff to Do

There are many expensive attractions in the city, but you will also find a plethora of freebies offered as well. Alameda Park, most of the beaches, and tons of museums offer free admission, so be sure the things are included on the agenda.

With the information provided here by Ian Filippini Santa Barbara and Filippini Wealth management Inc., you can visit the city even when money is an object of your concern.



Ian Filippini: Renting a Car in Santa Barbara

Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini

Ian Filippini

Renting a Car in Santa Barbara

Filippini Wealth Management Inc. is one of Santa Barbara’s most prominent names in financial services. Operated by Ian Filippini Santa Barbara, this agency has experts ready to guide you through all of your financial needs small and large. In an effort to assist you in better money management, Ian Filippini Santa Barbara offers to you a list of the top car rental agencies in the city, as well as tips for saving money on your booking.

Avis Rent A Car

Avis Rent A Car is located on Montecito Street. They are open 7 days per week for your convenience, offering a wide range of vehicles to accommodate your needs. Specials for weekly rentals are available, and online booking is also offered.

Enterprise Rent A Car

Enterprise is another well-known car rental company with a SB location to serve your needs. The center is located on Chapala Street. They have compact cars, trucks, luxury automobiles and more.

Budget Rent A Car

Budget is located on East Haley Street. Their rates are usually lower on car rentals than other agencies,  but some people note the selection of vehicles is not as large as what is found with other companies.

Hertz Corporation

Hertz has several locations in the city, including one on State Street and another on S La Cumbre. Hertz provides fast, friendly service with a wide selection of vehicles to pick from, as well as nice prices to go along with it all.


Booking Tips

Ian Filippini Santa Barbara and Filippini Wealth management Inc. offer the follow tips for booking your car rental:

  • If you need a vehicle for three or more days, check out weekly rental costs. Chances are it will cost you about the same, and depending upon the day of the week that you book, might even cost less than rental for the three days.
  • Consider whether or not you really need the extra insurance offered by the rental agency. In most circumstances your car insurance will cover the rental, so this is an unnecessary expense.
  • If possible, avoid renting a vehicle on the weekends, when the rates are substantially more than weekday rental costs.
  • Buy your own gas rather than rely on prepaid fuel. You are likely  to spend twice as much filling the tank if you opt for the prepaid fuel option than you would filling the tank yourself.
  • It is always cheaper to rent a vehicle at a non-airport location. Although you might find it convenient to pick up at the airport, expect to spend more for this luxury.
  • Average car rental rates in SB for an economy car are $32.44 per day, while typical rates for a luxury vehicle are $82.88 per day. An SUV averages a $64.04 per day rental rate, and a compact car rents for an average of $34.22 each day.

Benefits of a Rental Car

Benefits of a rental car are numerous. With the vehicle you are sure to be able to get out and enjoy the city to the fullest. It is a far more practical method of getting around than any other transportation option, and when done correctly, it is also one of the most affordable. There are a ton of other exciting benefits that come along with the rental of a car for personal use, including the ability to be with the people that you know and trust and the chance to enjoy activities for as long as you would like without being rushed to stay with the group.  Take advantage of these benefits and use one of the awesome car rental companies in the area that are eager to serve your needs.