Saving money’s great, but if you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you know you won’t be happy unless you’re seeing the sights in some exotic locale, or checking out new cuisine at a destination you’ve been wanting to see for a while.
As a savvy traveler, you know that research makes a big difference. The guidelines in this article go hand in hand with your research. Check them out – you’ll find yourself saving money and still getting to where you want to go.
1. Go in the off-season. Don’t travel when everyone else is. Off-season’s a great time for getting discounts. Not only that, but you definitely won’t miss the crowds. So haul out that spirit of adventure!
2. Lower your air transportation costs. Airfare can make or break a budget, so search carefully for the best fares you can find. You can usually get good deals online, and even better deals if you check prices for different times of the day, or avoid weekend flights. And don’t forget to check for prices at different times, too.
3. Don’t forget about other methods of travel. Get creative! So check out those other alternatives to flying. Cruises can be a lot of fun, and if you’ve got time and really want to experience things the way the locals do, try the bus. Trains are also a great way to see a country.
4. If you can drive there, consider taking your car. Gas prices are high, but it’s always worth comparing the price of driving to any alternative transportation method. Remember, though, that you might have additional costs, like an overnight hotel or motel stay. And don’t forget to get your car fully checked out before you leave.
5. Try to get a cheaper room rate. Hotels don’t like to be empty, so always ask to see if you can get a better rate than the standard one. One good idea is to consider hotels that hold a lot of conferences, or are located in business districts. These types of hotels are often not as busy on the weekends, and often have deals for these less busy times.
6. Check out cheap accommodation alternatives. Bed and breakfasts are charming and may be less expensive than hotels. There are also retreat centers, hostels, timeshares, house sitting or even home exchanges. During the summer, many colleges and universities will lease out dormitory rooms and apartments.
Sure, you need money to travel. But you can definitely keep well within your budget. Research, and follow the tips above, and you’ll be able to plan a trip well worth taking without breaking the bank.