10 Ways to Save Money on Travel
Who says travel has to cost you an arm and a leg? Only people who don’t know how to travel on the cheap, that’s who. The truth of the matter is that travel doesn’t have to cost you a zillion dollars if you know the right tips and tricks. In fact, by combining any or all of these 10 tips, you can save a bundle on your next trip, without skimping on luxury or experience.
- Is It Free?
The YTravel Blog reminds wayward travelers to look for an organization’s free days. Museums, zoos, and other historical sites often host regular free days. Visit those institutions on their free days.
And on a related note, if your hotel offers free breakfast or snacks, be sure to take advantage of those as well. You’ll save quite a bit of money on food by doing that.
- Travel Alerts
- Pick the Right Day
Sometimes, the only thing you need to do to save money is to fly on the right day. Most airline flights are cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Book your flights for those days.
- Book the Right Tour
Many tours with companies like Tour Me offer tours that can be booked per group as well as per person. Basically, this means that you’re able to get a group of people together to split the cost of a private tour. If you have a larger group, you can save more money by booking a tour and then splitting the cost between you and 6 of your closest friends (or however many are in your group).
- Be Destination Flexible
An article on The Simple Dollar suggests that travelers keep their options open when it comes to destinations. It’s better to think thematically – say beach vacation – than specific – beach vacation in Hawaii.
Once you know what kind of trip you want to take, look at four or five different places that fit your theme. Go with the least expensive one.
- Gift Cards
If your birthday is coming up, think about asking for trip-practical gifts like gift cards. These can be related to your trip specifically, or they can be more general like gift cards to big restaurant chains like the Olive Garden or “throw-away” MasterCards or Visas.
- Eat on the Cheap
Most people try to save money on food when they travel by packing lunches or going to cheap restaurants. However, you can reverse this idea by eating cheaply at home, saving the difference, and enjoying your meals a little more on the road.
- Use Frequent Flyer Miles
Many credit cards nowadays offer you frequent flyer miles for purchases unrelated to flying. So, if your credit card company offers you flyer miles for buying things like groceries or for paying bills, make sure that those expenses go on that card. Then, when it comes time to book a flight, cash in on those unused flyer miles.
- Avoid Peak Times
Say you want to visit places like Australia or New Zealand during the American winter. You’re probably going to pay a lot for such a trip. However, if you avoid traveling during those times and instead, travel during what’s called the shoulder months, you’ll save some serious cash. These are months that are still warm enough for the snowbirds or cold enough for avid skiers but outside peak season. By traveling on these days, you can typically save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on travel.
- House Sit
House sitting gives you two advantages. One, it prevents you from having to pay for a hotel, and two, you gives you a bit of spending money on your next trip if the gig is a paying one. Sites like House Sitters America, Mind My House, Luxury House Sitting can get you connected with viable house sitting gigs.
Just because you don’t have a lot of cash doesn’t mean you need to stay home. By following these 10 tips, you’ll save money on your next vacation, which opens up the possibility of having an amazing experience at a fraction of the cost.