Traveling is expensive. From the flight to the hotel stay, it can be hard to hit your budget without breaking the bank. Luckily, many of these costs are avoidable or can be reduced if you know what you’re doing. Here are some hacks for traveling on a budget so that your next vacation doesn’t have you depleted right when you get back!
Book flights in advance . Every good travel hack should help save you money on transportation costs. . Every good travel hack should help save you money on transportation costs. Stay with local friends . There are so many cheap and fun things to do in the city your hotel is in. Go beyond the tourist traps, explore the cultural districts, find a coffee shop on a side street, etc. They will all be more fun and memorable than just another shopping tour. . There are so many cheap and fun things to do in the city your hotel is in. Go beyond the tourist traps, explore the cultural districts, find a coffee shop on a side street, etc. They will all be more fun and memorable than just another shopping tour. Make your hotel your home base.
Where to Stay
It may seem obvious, but you can save a ton of money by staying at home! Most major cities have a huge amount of room available, if not at a discount, and you don’t have to worry about driving or dealing with gas prices. You can save a lot by staying right where you live, even if it’s just for the night or a weekend. Clothes Don’t waste your money on souvenirs for everyone else. Buy those people presents back home and put it towards your next trip! I mean, why go overboard with something that’s easily replaced? Donate those things you don’t need. In fact, I’m serious. If you only bought one thing on the trip, consider donating it to a charity and keeping the money saved. It’s a win-win! Food Don’t cook! Eat at local restaurants and farmers’ markets!
Where to Eat
Of course, you want to enjoy your vacation. Don’t over think it and avoid some of the staples that aren’t the healthiest. But while traveling on a budget, there are some things you can do to save money. At least some! Here are a few places where you can eat for a good value. Where to stay Hotels are by far the most common option for staying in a new place. The less expensive they are, the better. While staying at a “budget” hotel won’t kill your budget, you can save a few bucks by choosing a different kind of hotel, such as a timeshare. Convenience store food prices are usually lower than those at restaurants, which means you can get a good meal for less money!
What to Pack
Now, I know, you’re most likely thinking, “how can you cut costs if you have to pack for a week?” I know I was once that person too! But you can really save big on these things. You can check out the airline we flew to Hawaii on for only $125 roundtrip, but you do have to buy your own checked bag and your carry on. This saves you a few hundred bucks. So what should you bring? Really, only the bare minimum. You’ll spend the most time in your hotel room, so use that room to your advantage and pack everything you need for the most streamlined packing experience. When looking for carry on items, you can search to see what luggage goes with the airline you’re flying. For instance, the airline we flew to Hawaii was Royal Hawaiian Airlines.
Where To Find Deals and Deals
The first step is to know where to look to find deals. Sites like Orbitz, CheapAir, and Priceline offer a great selection of travel sites. Often times, deals can be found on their website. If you’re booking hotels, look at B&Bs, AirBNB, and Hostels. While each of these options can be a little pricier, it could very well be worth it. Hotels can include price splits on the cost of the room (often from $50 to $100), so if you book two rooms in a hotel, you’re only paying one price per room. Another place to look to find travel deals is in your luggage. Be careful not to overstuff yourself, but the more outfits you can fit into your suitcase, the less it will cost you to check it in to the airport.
Whether you are planning a honeymoon, family vacation, or a girls’ trip, you can use some of these hacks to ensure that your family or friends have an unforgettable time while you’re gone. With a little planning ahead of time and the right hacks, you can make sure your vacation is cheap and awesome!