10 Pro Tips For Saving Money On Travel
Traveling can be expensive, but with some pro tips from us, you can bring down the cost susbtantially. Try these 10 money-saving travel tips on your next vacation and your wallet will thank you!
Go off season
You can usually find cheaper plane tickets and hotel rooms by going off season, and there may be more availability. You will not have to deal with large crowds and attractions could also be cheaper at that time. Just make sure places are open.
Be flexible when flying
If you are not on a tight schedule, can you be flexible with the time of day you fly, the number of stops, or your seat selection? Do you mind having a long layover? If possible, check the dates of your trip and see if the price would go down if you tweaked the dates a bit. Generally, flying earlier in the week (Monday or Tuesday vs. Thursday or Friday) translates to better deals, and the second flight of the day is less expensive than the first.
Use travel savings package for booking hotels
Accomodation cost could take a large part of your traveling budget. However, there are Travel Savings Packages that can help you save up to $500 when booking hotels or resorts. Instead of booking accomodation on public travel engines, such as Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, you can use private travel engines (similar to what travel agents use) where the real travel savings happen.
With over 1,000,000 hotels and resorts worldwide (including 5-star properties), it can bring great benefits for you whenever you travel for pleasure or business. Here are 3 options of Travel Savings Plan:
- $10 for $100 in Travel Savings
- $25 for $250 in Travel Savings
- $50 for $500 in Travel Savings
Create a budget and stick to it!
Know when to save and when to splurge. Look for ways to save money but also treat yourself during the trip. Having a budget is a wonderful way to keep yourself on track.
There’s no better way to get to know a new city than by walking everywhere. That you’ll end up saving a fortune in taxis is a nice bonus. And when you do need a ride, opt for public transportation and know that frequent-travel cards — the Oyster card in London, the Octopus in Hong Kong — are much smarter than single fares.
Buy less stuff
Generally, you should try not to buy many things when traveling. You will have more time and money to travel, than work like crazy just to buy stuff. Even when you see something that you really love to own, try to think about the places you have been able to travel and the memories you have, and that helps you put ‘value’ into perspective.
Look for city tourism cards
Depending on the card, you can gain free entry to top visitor attractions, discounts at restaurants and shops, skip-the-line options at busy attractions, free public transportation, and even free guidebooks. Depending on your itinerary, it might be worth the money.
Look for free activities
If you do a little research, you’ll see there are often lots of free activities in the area. Look at community calendars to see what is going on in town while you are there. Do a self-guided walking tour to familiarize yourself with your destination. Museums often have a ‘pay what you can’ day once a week and sometimes have discounted admission after a certain time of day.
Shop at farmer’s markets and local stores
Farmer’s markets often lower the price of their food towards the end of the day. Also, shopping at local stores allows you to taste the local cuisine without having to pay the price of a restaurant. Buy some local fish and cook it up at your condo.
Carry snacks/water during outings
Kids will need snacks while you are exploring, and it can be wasted your money on silly snacks. Throw some granola bars in your bag and pull them out when the kids need fuel. Also, you should always carry your own water. However, splurge when it comes to treats that you can only find in that location.