Tips for Saving Money on Your Travels

by Kim on July 25, 2012

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Travels

Although everyone would benefit from seeing the open road and visiting unique and wonderful places they’ve never been, the truth of the matter is that few can actually afford to vacation. Even if you’re only planning a weeklong summer getaway, those travel expenses can add up in a hurry. From flights and fuel to food and festivity, the meter is constantly running. So anyone would do well to use some money-saving travel tips.

Five Money-Saving Travel Tips

1: Surf for Coupons

Grocery stores aren’t the only places you’ll save with coupons. You can save big on cruises, hotel stays, tours, and even complete vacation packages if you find the right site and the right coupon. You can save money on your next holiday using this Tours4Fun coupon, and there are countless other coupons and deals out there to be had.

2: Thoughtful Booking in Advance

You’ll need to be on your A-game when traveling, and this means putting some forethought into the trip by way of booking your vacation in advance. You not only want to book your hotel and flight early to get the best deals, but you also want to ensure that you’re booking penalty-free items just in case you need to make sudden changes.

3: Take the Road Less Traveled

You can see a location like New York City, Rome, France, etc, without having to stop in at every top-rated destination (read: tourist trap) you read about. Do you really have to stay in a luxurious hotel, eat at the best restaurant and take the paid tour while there? You might as well just leave your wallet wide open. Instead, plot out a unique course and experience the location organically.

4: Save for the Occasion

Wanting to take a summer vacation or “needing” to fit your plans into a tight window is how money is hemorrhaged while on vacation. So instead of attempting to force the issue, plan for it, save for it, and take advantage of the many different deals and discounts you can find. Your credit card company, for example, might have a great rewards program you can take advantage of. For all you AMEX users, American Express Travel also offers discounts, and so do a lot of carriers out there.

5: Be Flexible

Perhaps nothing is going to save you money more than compromising. Renting bikes instead of a car, booking frugal accommodations and spending more time outside, eating local fare instead of dining at restaurants, settling for pictures instead of souvenirs – there are many compromises you can make to save money while on a vacation.

Now that you know how to save a few dollars on your trip, all that’s left to do is stay safe while on vacation and to have some fun!