You may love to travel but have a limited budget. You don’t have to sit on the sidelines while everyone else is traveling to exotic and exciting destinations. Finding the best deals and money saving tips may help your turn dreams into reality. Here are 25 of the BEST money saving tips for traveling.
1. Travel at the right time.
Traveling at off season times, like January through March, can save you big bucks on travel expenses. Airline tickets, hotel rooms, and prices on attractions are all discounted when it is not peak season.
2. Contact a travel agent.
A travel agent can be a great resource to help you find great deals and packages for traveling. Since they are always watching the travel circuit they can be very helpful to help you save money.
3. Pack your bags efficiently.
Airlines make a lot of extra money from baggage and luggage fees. Pack only what is essential and don’t go overboard with extras. You can save a lot of money by avoiding these extra fees.
4. Rent a house.
It is easier to find houses for vacation rentals then ever before. You just have to look online, on websites that have listings for houses to rent for your vacation. You can save money and get some privacy at the same time.
5. Shop around online.
Shopping around online can save you loads of money on plane tickets, hotels, or house rentals, and deals on the attractions you want to visit. It takes a little time and patience but it is worth the effort.
6. Save up your credit card miles.
Find the credit card that has the best plan to save up flyer miles. You can save a ton of money by saving your flyer miles and using them for your vacation.
7. Buy a travel savings card.
You can purchase a travel savings card on Amazon. This card will help you save up to 50% off your travel expenses.
8. Join the travel pages on Facebook.
Facebook has lots of pages for up-to-date information on many different travel locations. It is a great way to have other people help you keep an eye out for incredible saving potential, that they then pass on to their subscribers.
9. Join AAA travel.
Joining AAA travel is a great way to save on airplane tickets, hotels, car rental, cruises, and vacation packages. The website has all the information you need for you to search for the deals you want.
10. Travel through regional airports.
Large airline companies, usually, work through regional airports. You are more likely to find great deals on plane tickets through these big companies.
11. Use skyscanner travel alerts.
Skyscanner is a website that monitors airline tickets prices. You can sign up to get alerts for discounts and deals to the destination of your choice.
12. Don’t fly direct.
Direct flights cost more money than flights with stops. You can choose how many stops and for how long you’re willing to manage.
13. Book split-fare flights.
This is a way to save money by booking two round trip tickets. One to get you to the big regional airport and one to get you to your destination and vice versa. There are websites that specialize in booking tickets this way, to help it connect right, and save you money.
14. Look for attractions like museums that have free admission.
There are many attractions, all over the world, that have free admission all the time or one day a week. There are some places that have discounts at different times, as well. Research your desired destination to find the best deals.
15. Eat like a local.
You don’t have to eat at the most expensive restaurants when you’re in vacation. You can find really good food at small local restaurants. You just have to travel beyond the tourist areas.
16. Rent a room.
If you don’t need to rent a whole house, look for room rentals. You can save money staying in a room for rent instead of a hotel.
17. Clip coupons.
Coupons can save you lots of money, especially on restaurants or fast food. Keep an envelope with your coupons with you and you’ll always be prepared to save money.
18. Use a gas station card.
Gas station credit cards are a good way to save money when traveling by car. Look for the big chain gas station card that gives you the best discount on gas for using their card. It can really add up to big savings in the long run.
19. Look for deals through stores like Costco.
If you are a member of a store like Costco you can score some great deals on attractions like amusement parks. Plan ahead and buy the tickets when you can get the best deal.
20. Shop around online for a rental car deal.
If you shop around online you can find coupons and promotions for car rental deals. You just need to look ahead of time and call to reserve the car you want before you leave.
21. Start an online savings account.
Online savings accounts are a great way to save some money up for your dream vacation. Make the account your travel savings and save away as much as you can. Online savings accounts pay the highest interest rates, so your money will add up quickly.
22. Cook your own meals.
While you are on your vacation you can cook some of your own meals to save some money. This is especially easy if you rent a house because you will have a kitchen readily available.
23. See the sites using public transportation.
If renting a car is too expensive for you, see the attractions and sites using public transportation. You will get a good idea of what it is like to live there and have an opportunity to meet new people.
24. Split the cost with a friend.
If the prices for you to travel alone are just too expensive consider splitting the cost with a friend. You can save money by sharing a room, or house rental, and car rental.
25. Read travel blogs and newsletters for the latest news and deals.
Reading travel blogs and subscribing to travel newsletters is a good way to stay current on the travel scene. You can find promotional savings, sales, and coupons while getting advice on traveling to your dream destination.
No matter how you decide to make you dream vacation a reality, there are many different cost saving tips and techniques to help you along the way. Just start planning early and be diligent in your search, to find the most cost-effective method to meet your needs.