5 Easy Tips to Save on Travel

Posted by Alfredo On July - 11 - 2013 0 Comment

Summer is a time for relaxing getaways to faraway places, romantic destination weddings, and memorable family vacations. Unfortunately, these experiences that may seem priceless often actually come with a hefty price tag. Here are some easy tips to have the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank.

1. Use the web to your advantage.

Besides searching the Internet for articles on how to save on travel like this one, you can also leverage some of your favorite websites to get travel deals. Groupon is a great resource for deals on hotels, bed and breakfasts, and even all-inclusive vacation packages. Sign up to get their “Getaway” deals delivered to your email and scout out your next trip. Twitter is also a good place to watch out for travel deals. Following airlines and ticketing sites can yield special deals or promotion codes that can save you major bucks.

2. Give them a call.

Many travelers have switched to Internet booking for its convenience, but, contrary to popular belief, you’re not always able to get the best deal on the web. Before you book, give the hotel or airline a call to compare rates. Often, you are able to unlock inventory not available on the Internet or cut a special deal just by talking to a real human being.

3. Travel with the locals.

Tourists are often wary of public transportation, but it is usually the most cost-effective way to get around. Stop wasting taxi money and get in some great people-watching by using the subway or bus system. The concierge at your hotel will be happy to help you out understanding routes. If you can’t get by without a rental car, save a bit of money by making your reservation at a location other than the airport.

4. Spend before you leave.

Sometimes the best way to save on your trip is to spend a little extra before you leave. Don’t say you’ll “pick something up at the airport”, because you’ll end up spending way more than if you had planned ahead and brought it with you. Pack things that you might need like an umbrella, clothes for a variety of weather, power adapters, and comfortable shoes. Also, book as much of your travel and lodging before you leave to take advantage of early booking deals. It may not be possible if you’re backpacking, but for other trips it’s a must.

5. Think outside the hotel.

Hotels aren’t the only option for lodging anymore. Take some time to really explore your options to choose the most affordable one. For adventurous travelers, hostelworld.com and couchsurfing.com offer alternatives to traditional hotels for really low costs. Or, investigate house or condo rentals for a comfortable lodging experience with a group of people. Staying in a vacation rental home can also help you save on food by cooking at home.

 

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