Taking a vacation can help you destress and disconnect from work. It can help you reconnect with loved ones. And, in the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Unfortunately, travel isn’t cheap.
Just because you don’t have a huge wad of cash you’re willing to blow on your latest adventure doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. Here are three traveling tips that will help you save money on your next vacation.
Compare Prices on Everything
Comparing prices is always a good strategy, whether you’re at the grocery store or you’re planning a vacation. You can save tens or even hundreds of dollars if you spend time researching various aspects of your vacation in order to find the one that fits your budget the best.
Compare prices on:
- Flights: Even adjusting your itinerary by just a day or two can result in huge savings.
- Hotels: Consider booking your flight with your hotel, but don’t be afraid to call the hotel directly. Sometimes they offer even deeper discounts than travel websites.
- Travel insurance: Compare rates by requesting a free quote for travel insurance from various carriers.
- Tickets: Look for special discounts on tickets and consider purchasing them before you leave home.
Avoid Shopping at the Airport
Depending on your final destination, you might end up spending a lot of time in the airport. It can be tempting to do a little shopping, but don’t.
Many of the things you see for sale in the airport are extremely overpriced. Even the things that don’t seem like that big of a deal can add up quickly. For example, you could end up spending a few dollars on a bag of chips or a bottle of water.
Instead, come prepared. Pack snacks in your carry-on and bring along an empty water bottle that can be filled once you make it through security. Pack plenty of magazines to keep you entertained so you aren’t tempted to purchase them in the terminal.
Travel During the off Season
It’s amazing how prices can vary so widely, not depending on where you’re traveling, but when you’re traveling. If you really want to save the big bucks, make sure you travel during the off season.
That doesn’t necessarily mean your dream Alaska vacation has to take place in the winter. Traveling during the off season can be as simple as planning your trip in the spring or fall instead of the summer. In tropical locations, you might want to travel during the rainy season, or book your next cruise during hurricane season.
Be mindful of area events as well. Don’t travel when local kids are on school break and avoid times of religious celebration.
Don’t let cost be the reason why you can’t satisfy your travel bug. There are plenty of ways you can save money, no matter where you go, so you can continue traveling the world on a budget.