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How to Save Money While Traveling
SAVE MONEY WHILE TRAVELING
Save Money While Traveling
How to save money while traveling is super important to me because I absolutely love to travel! If I could travel all the time I would, but unfortunately I have a job that requires me to show up to everyday and frankly, traveling is just way to expensive to do all of the time. Here are a few ways that you can help yourself to more vacations or better ones for a lower price.
Deciding Where to Go:
There are so many places to travel to and visit so how do you decide on where you want to go? Several factors that will clearly determine where you go include:
How much money do you have to spend on vacation.
What your particular interests are.
How much time you are able to take off to go on vacation.
Most people plan their vacations around these three things, but if you are wanting to save money while traveling then consider looking at your vacation from a different point of view. Branch out a little bit and be spontaneous with a random vacation picked based on the price of the trip rather than the destination. If you have a set budget for your trip, try to find all the places that fit that budget for your time frame and go with the one that fits you best and saves you the most!
Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to save money while traveling. You can use websites such as Priceline, Travelocity, and TripAdvisor to help locate cheaper airfare, car rental, hotels, and even full vacation packages.
Once you’re able to decide where you want to go you’ve got the hard part out of the way. Now all you have to do is figure out how you plan on getting there and how you’re getting back. (Unless you’re like me and secretly hope you get stranded at your vacation destination, indefinitely.)
Deciding How to Get There:
Every time I have taken a vacation, I am always torn on how to get there. I love the convenient and time saving mode of travel, known as flying. Flights are soooo expensive though and it normally seems cheaper to drive. I normally base this decision on:
How many are going with me.
Length of travel from where I am.
Amount of time I have to spend on my vacation.
Normally, I try to figure out if it would be cheaper, per person, for each of us to just buy a plane ticket, or split up the gas and food costs for a road trip. The latter is typically what gets picked. Well, that was until I found out that checking some of the larger airports around me offered WAY cheaper prices then what my local airport could offer me. Oh and did I mention that checking larger airports around you is a great way to save money on traveling?!?! A few more ways to save money when booking an airline are:
Flying out and back in on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
Getting red-eye tickets. (I’ll explain this one in a bit)
Checking out bigger airports. (As mentioned above)
Look at the inbound flights to your destination for ideas of which airports to fly out of.
Don’t just check airline prices from travel sites, check the airline directly.
Shop for U.S. domestic flights 3 months – 30 days before departure.
Airline prices are at their lowest on a Tuesday at 3 PM Eastern Time.
Don’t just search for roundtrip flights, try searching one-way flights each direction.
Each of these little tips can help you save money on your flight. Red-eye tickets are ones that are being sold traveling from the West Coast to the East Coast or Central cities, overnight. These flights typically depart around 9pm-1am and arrive near 5am-7am. Finding flight times that most people wouldn’t want, such as lunch and dinner time, can be cheaper as well. Flying out and back in on a Tuesday or Wednesday will normally get you the cheaper ticket but if you must fly out on the weekend, you should try to fly on Saturdays.
What to do when you arrive:
Once you’ve arrived, if you haven’t already booked a rental car, you will need to figure out how you are getting to your hotel room. You are welcome to catch a ride with the Taxi that is more than likely conveniently parked outside of the airport to pick up people getting off the plane, but Taxi’s always seem to cost an arm and a leg no matter how far they take you.
If you haven’t rode with Uber before, you can use the promo code RIDINGUBER20 to get up to $20 off your first ride! If you have used it before then you already know it can be cheaper than the Taxi ride. Plus every Uber I’ve ever requested has been much cleaner than the best Taxi I’ve seen. YUCK!
Once you’ve made it to your hotel, if you were fortunate enough to select one close to all of your desired attractions, you can save money by walking everywhere, renting a city bike to travel around the city with, or use the public transportation. All of these are much cheaper than renting a Taxi to take you everywhere.
The most expensive part of all of my vacations once I arrive, has to be the food! It is outrageous how much of your vacation money goes towards FOOD! One way to save here, is simply bring your own or go shopping once you arrive. You can pack sandwiches for everyone while you are out. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you still can’t save money on a great selection of food. You can even pack little snacks to munch on throughout the day and bring plenty of drinks if you expect to be doing a lot of walking.
When you’re looking over all the wonderful attractions, try to find free or discounted ones while you are there. Most hotels I’ve stayed in have brochures in the lobby and they will typically be able to help assist you with any freebies in the area! Those can be a great way to fill the open time slots in your vacation so you don’t have to spend as much. Whatever way you choose to save money on your vacation, try to make sure you still enjoy it. Take the time to enjoy the company you are keeping, or the lack of it, and just relax.
What are some ways that you may know to save money while traveling?