In the U.S., many experts believe the cost of living – including housing, food and transportation – is going up. If you’re like many Americans who love to travel and are trying to figure out how you can do more of it without breaking the bank, consider the tips below to save money wherever your next trip takes you.
- Remain flexible when choosing flights.
When planning your trip, resolve to remain flexible on when you leave and from which city you depart. Sometimes leaving from a neighboring city or flying an extra hour early will mean saving a significant amount of money on flight tickets.
- Use credit card reward points.
When choosing a new credit card, research available travel-related programs and benefits. Then, use your credit card for most of your everyday purchases and watch your points add up (be sure to pay off your balance at the end of each month to avoid interest and fees). Some cards allow you to exchange such points for discounts on airline miles, allowing you to fly at a discount.
- When it comes to your travel itinerary, think free.
Plan ahead and research places of interest at your destination. Many tourist sites offer discounts when you visit on certain days or during certain hours. Not sure where to start? Search for the business list on the local Chamber of Commerce website, or the equivalent for the area to which you’re traveling. Other ideas include1:
- See a street fair, concert, or cultural event
- Catch a magnificent sunset or sunrise
- Take a walk or a bike ride
- Play in the park
- Attend free movie screenings in local cafes and hostels
- Swim at a beach or a lake
- Climb a mountain
- Visit a market
- Get to know the locals, and what they do.
Ask the locals in the area of your destination about places to go and things to do. Those who live there may offer valuable insights into neighborhood hot spots and even off-the-beaten-path attractions. Plus, you may also make a friend or learn about a discount.
- When possible, focus your travel on one destination.
Take your time while on vacation to leisurely explore all your destination has to offer. Slow down, take in more, and enjoy the scenery along the way. Doing so may help you avoid additional flights or transportation costs.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance.
Even the most budget-conscious travelers may have their plans derailed by unanticipated events, such as flight delays/cancellations, lost baggage or a medical emergency during their journey. A small outlay for travel insurance may save you a lot of money if you experience a covered trip mishap. Plus, most Travel Guard plans include 24/7 travel assistance services that can help with needs such as flight and hotel rebookings, emergency medical coordination, lost luggage retrieval, and more.
For more great ways you could potentially save money while you travel, check out this great article at YTravelBlog.com.