How to travel on a budget

Have the travel bug? Don’t have a lot of disposable income? The good news for you is that it’s easier than ever to travel without breaking the bank – as long as you know the top 2017 traffic laws, you should be in good shape. By utilizing some of the tips we share in this post, you can potentially shave several hundred dollars off your trip, thereby making it much more feasible. Here’s a look at how to make it happen. Remember, when it comes to saving money while you’re on the road, there is no one grandiose thing that’ll do it – but several smaller, little things that will add up. Take a look:

How to Travel on a Budget

  • Airline credit cards: First things first, if you’re a regular traveler, we strongly suggest applying for an airline credit card. Not only will you earn bonus miles for each flight purchase to put toward a free flight in the future, but these cards come with other fringe benefits too. Specifically, we like the airlines that will allow you one free checked bag with your card. Some also offer priority boarding, lounge access and complimentary upgrades.
  • Where to stay: Aside from airfare, one of the other major expenses when it comes to travel is lodging. We strongly advise to check out what’s best, Travelocity, Travelzoo or Expedia when shopping around to see what hotels are offering deals during the time of your trip. If hotels are still too expensive, there are a few other options that you can go to. If you’re traveling in Europe, you could stay at a hostel. Another often affordable lodging choice is Airbnb. Make sure you leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding an affordable, yet quality, place to stay. You have more choices these days than ever before.
  • Getting around: Forget the taxi cab, either opt to take public transportation, like the bus or the subway, or much more affordable services like Uber or Lyft.
  • Eat smart: One of the most enjoyable things about traveling is eating tasty food. Unfortunately, when you’re on a budget, you must be selective with eating out at nice restaurants. We certainly encourage you to budget for a few nice meals on your travels, but there are several ways to stay on your budget, while still getting a satisfying meal. For instance, check to see if the hotel you’re staying at offers anything. Many offer continental breakfasts in the morning and evening socials with snacks. To save money on food, we also recommend picking up a loaf of bread and some lunch meat at a local market once you arrive. This makes for an easy and affordable lunch.
  • Search for coupons: Certainly, there will be attractions that you’ll be wanting to hit up once you arrive at your destination. Make a list of spots you want to check out before you leave and search the Internet for information and coupons on said attractions. You might be surprised what you can find. Often, even purchasing your tickets early online rather than at the door can yield some sort of discount. Also, if you’re an AAA member, see if the attractions you’re planning to visit offer discounts. You’d be surprised at just how many do.

Skip souvenirs for memories: Let’s face it, most souvenirs either wind up in the trash or in the garage sale pile within a year or two, so why waste the money on them? Instead, we’d recommend just soaking in your trip and being sure capture a lot of photos. Pictures last forever and are much more valuable than some cheaply made souvenir anyway.

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