Traveling can be expensive, but there are budget travel tips to save money while you travel. Most common one is to look for companies that offer specific online savings and packages if you book early. These online savings and offers are available to you online so it gets easier for you to book ahead, but here are the few travel hacks, ideas that we budget travelers know
Search Vacation Packages
Many travelers can enjoy a bundle of savings by booking hotel reservations, airline tickets, or car rentals online. Additionally, they can also find packages that will allow them to do many things they will enjoy for a fraction of the cost.
These packages include many exciting attractions you can see within an area and sometimes certain meals are included in the packages. Packages are geared towards every interest, for example, they could be geared towards specific destinations worldwide.
Other packages could be geared towards specific events or activities. Which generally includes hiking, camping, jungle adventures, cruises, singles events and trips, couples geared outings, musicals, major shopping trips, or site seeing.
Travel out of season
Avoid trips during tourist season, this is when the travel industry hikes up prices to take advantage of families who can only travel during these weeks. Research the best time to visit your intended destination, and then travel just before or after these dates. This is called the ‘shoulder season’, where you’ll still have a great trip but maybe the sun won’t shine quite as brightly (and, on the plus side, it won’t be quite as hot.) Hotels and airlines lower their prices to attract customers during this time.
Book a room with a kitchen area.
If you are booking through Airbnb, HomeAway, then probably you’ll get kitchen area. Although some people might not like to cook while on vacation, but room service can be very pricey, even cooking one meal a day can save you some money.
Look for free activities
Take full advantage of all the internet has to offer. Look for places that you don’t have to pay for like free art galleries, monuments, museums. Look at community calendars to see what is going on in town while you are there you can get discount on a certain time of day.
Stay outside a city
It’s sometimes cheaper to stay away from areas with big tourist attractions. You can always go to the attractions and then head back to your hotel or apartment. This is one of the best ways to travel on a budget as it reduces the cost of accommodation significantly.
Use local transportation
Local transportation is always recommended over taxi’s as it is a lot cheaper. Local transportation is a good way to explore in and outs of a city and meet locals to talk to.
Look for city tourism cards
You’re smart enough to know money doesn’t grow on trees, but earning credit card points and miles may have you thinking otherwise.
Figure out how much money you regularly spend, and consider making those purchases on a travel card
Depending on the card, you can gain free entry to top visitor attractions, discounts at restaurants and shops, skip-the-line options at busy attractions, free public transportation. Depending on your itinerary, it might be worth the money.
Redeem miles wisely
If you’re ready to take your rewards strategy to the next level, check out the Travel Hacking Cartel. This is a subscription service that shows you how to earn credit card points and miles. It can also help you redeem them for the maximum value.
Find a credit card that doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee
Credit card issuers charge foreign transaction fees on transactions made and processed in a foreign currency or passing through a foreign bank. The charge is a percentage of the amount of the transaction, typically 3%. So consider a credit card that doesn’t assess foreign transaction fees — you’ll thank us on your next international trip.
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