Here we will go over seven pro tips for saving money on travel expenses.
Traveling around the world, country or even the state is an experience that everyone should get to enjoy at least a few times in their life. However, travel is a luxury that not everyone can afford, and even if they can, saving money is always a good idea.
If you have been struck with wanderlust, want to visit family, or are traveling for business, keep reading to find out how you can save money on future trips.
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1) Make Fewer Purchases
A great way to save money is by not spending it.
When you’re preparing for your trip, try to avoid making unnecessary purchases. Don’t buy new outfits, personal care products, or other items you already own. You can have just as much fun wearing the clothes in your closet and can pack the shampoo and conditioner that’s in your bathroom.
While on your trip, save money by limiting your shopping and only buying a few souvenirs.
2) Pack Light
When traveling by plane, your luggage can end up costing more than your seat.
The average cost of one checked bag is about $35, and you can expect to pay around $40 for your second bag and up to $150 for your third. The lighter and smaller your bag is, the less you can expect to pay.
If you are traveling with a friend or family, these checked bag fees will quickly add up.
Pack light and try to fit as much as you can in one bag. Most airlines allow you to bring a carry-on for free. If you pack carefully, you may be able to fit most of your belongings in your carry-on bag.
Some frugal travelers suggest shipping your luggage to your destination if the airline’s bag fees are astronomical.
3) Take Advantage of Freebies
Your hotel will provide many freebies you can take advantage of to save money.
Some examples are:
- Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
- Shaving razors
- Laundry services
- Pool and hot tub
- Cable television
By using the hotel’s free items and amenities, you can save money on your personal hygiene and entertainment while away.
4) Rent Your Stuff While Away
This tip does not help you save money on your travel expenses, but it does help you earn some while on your trip.
If you are going to be away for more than a day or two, consider renting out some of your stuff.
- Your home can be rented to other travelers through sites like Air BnB.
- You can rent your car on HyreCar or Turo.
- You can rent out your garage space on Just Park.
Renting your home, car, and garage while away can generate enough income for you to cover your own hotel and transportation costs. The best part is that each rental company will insure your personal belongings through their insurance, so you don’t have to worry about damages.
5) Travel Off-Season
Traveling off-season can save you hundreds of dollars throughout your trip.
In the travel industry, the year is separated into three seasons.
- Peak season- Mid-June through August
- Shoulder season- April through mid-June and September
- Off-season- November through March
Peak season will be the most expensive time to travel, the off-season is the cheapest, and the shoulder season will have prices falling between the two.
The off-season is generally the least expensive time to travel because demand is low due to children being in school and fewer holidays. During this time of year, you can expect to find discounts on plane tickets, hotels, air BnB accommodations, attraction tickets, and more.
6) Find a Hotel With Activities Within Walking Distance
Transportation like Uber, Lyft, or other taxi services can be expensive, and these expenses add up quickly when on vacation.
To avoid paying rideshare fees every day while away, find a hotel within walking distance of the activities you plan to attend.
Many hotels or air-BnBs are conveniently located in the middle of various stores, restaurants, bars, and attractions like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and amusement parks.
For the most part, you can eliminate transportation fees altogether. If all activities aren’t within walking distance, consider taking the city bus or train as it’s usually only a few dollars for a day’s pass.
7) Use Reward Programs
If you are a frequent traveler, you will want to take advantage of the various reward programs available.
Many hotels, airlines, and booking engines offer point programs that gift frequent travelers with free accommodations, plane fare, food, and more.
Reward programs are especially beneficial to corporate travelers that go on trips multiple times each year. For more ways to save on business trips, check out this full guide to corporate travel expenses.
Additionally, you can make the most of reward programs by placing your expenses on a travel credit card. Depending on the credit card you use, you can rack up points for similar rewards like free flights and hotels.
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