Tips to Travel Cheap and Smart

Posted by Leland On November - 20 - 2015 0 Comment

Piggy Bank on the BeachTraveling can be tough, especially if you’re on a strict budget. Sticking to that budget can be hard, especially when there are numerous attractions, things to do, places to eat, and more. There are ways, however, to travel cheap and smart while on vacation.

Here are some important tips to travel cheap and smart:


1. Overestimate Your Costs and Spending

While to most people, this is a counterproductive method, it certainly will help you in the long run. When it comes to being prepared, always bring twice as much money as you think you’ll need. Why? Running out of money on your trip will definitely impact your vacation negatively. Bringing more money will force you to be more accountable to your spending. You’ll end up spending less than you thought–a smart and inexpensive tactic.

2. Consider When the “Best” Time to Book Is

By this, we simply mean that you should consider your travel window. To some people, it doesn’t matter when you book a trip. Most people wait until the last minute, which can also be beneficial in some cases. If you plan a trip two months out, while also checking the price fluctuations, you might be able to snag a pretty great deal. Or, sometimes, waiting until the last minute might save you quite a bit, too. Airlines might drop prices at the very last minute. Do your research and consider that travel window.

3. Do Your Research, and In Advance
This brings me to our next point: research. No (smart) trip was ever conducted without research. Preparation is key to save you money. Research those hotels and find out what the best deal is. It even works to connect with locals, or even local bloggers to let them know you’re traveling to their destination. They might be able to give you a few pointers and help you find some of the cheap places to eat and shop.

4. Flying vs. Driving

If you had an option, which do you think could save you the most money? If you’re struggling for the answer, check out Cost to Drive, which can help you determine if flying or driving to your destination is cheaper. It’s a pretty handy tool that compares airline tickets to the type of car you are driving and gas prices.

5.┬áLastly, Be Smart About Your Spending, but Don’t Be Too Cheap

It might go without saying, but some people completely look over having a budget and spend away from their savings on a vacation, only to realize the mistake when they return home. Often times, people will overpay for transportation, such as cabs or bus fairs because they don’t know where they are going. That’s where research can help you out.

But remember, don’t be too cheap on your trip, either. Being too cheap could lead to a feeling of regret later. Spend your money on the things that matter–the memories. If you have enough for the family to stop at a fascinating museum, then do so! Don’t hold back and remember that vacation is all about having fun.


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