Traveling can cost so much money, most people give up before they start planning. If you want to save as much as humanly possible, here are a few ways you can save money on your next trip — wherever it may be.
Learn To Share
The sharing economy is huge now, with services like Uber and AirBnB making travel and lodging much cheaper than traditional alternatives. But, there are so many more services out there which can help you chop down your costs even more.
Going out of town, but don’t want to eat alone at a restaurant? EatWith is an app that connects you to hosts in your area. You make “reservations,” and go to someone’s home with several other people. You all eat, drink, and have a good time. It’s intimate. It’s private, and it’s a pretty unique experience. And, if all you want is lunch, try Colunching.
If you’re not really sure what to do in a new place, use Vayable. It’s like a travel agency, but better. Local residents put together an “experience,” which you book through the Vayable app.
Each experience is unique to the place you’re visiting.
If you need to get around, there are many different options from Uber and Lyft, to upstarts like la Bla Car.
Need a place to sleep? You can use a traditional hotel service, but why do that when AirBnB is often cheaper. If you want a unique camping experience, try the Camp In My Garden app.
Read Budget Travel Blogs (My Top Picks)
By reading budget travel blogs and magazines, you’ll get the best perspective and information on various travel programs and discounts. You can find all the best special offers on travel destinations, airfare, hotels, beaches, campgrounds etc.
Some of my favorite top bloggers include:
- Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site
- Budget Traveller
- Globe Trotter Girls
- Solo Traveler World
- The Savvy Backpacker
How To Get Ultra-Cheap Airline Tickets
When an airline puts together its flight schedule, there are often layovers for the passengers. This is where Skiplagged exploits weaknesses in airline scheduling and saves you money. They find “hidden city” fares by allowing you to book flights beyond your intended destination. Then, when you stop, and are layed over in your destination, you “skip out” on the rest of your flight.
You can often save more money this way than if you had booked the flight in the traditional manner!
The only downside is you can’t check your bags because they will be sent to the final destination after you’ve gotten off the plane.
Bring Your Own Food
You can save a lot of money by packing your own food. If you do this, consider taking dehydrated meals with you. For example, my favorite is beef jerky, it’s a great travel food. Nuts and dried fruit would also be good. Canned foods might be fine if you have a can opener and the food is something that can be eaten without being heated or otherwise prepared.
Don’t Change Money At The Airport
If you’re flying out of the country, don’t change your money at the airport. Exchange rates are usually terrible. If you plan ahead, you can almost always get pretty close to market rates.
Exchange booths at the airport, meanwhile, know you’re desperate for local currency so they charge a premium because you can’t go anywhere else at that point.
What Matter’s The Most
Regardless of where you go, you’ll spend money. But, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a good time. Stop, think, and plan out your vacation and you’ll always save more than if you “wing it.”
When you travel, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. You just need to make smart travel plans, think outside the box, and stick to a strict budget.
Have an idea for travel? Or did you just get back from a budget friendly trip? Share below in the comments.