Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to Save Money When You Travel

We love to travel. We also love to save money. These two don't always go hand in hand but today, we will be sharing a few money saving tips for your next trip! We don't always use all of the tips, but we use at least a few of them on each trip that we take!


Saving money on a trip is easier than you think! Simply read through our tips below and put a few into action the next time you take a trip!

1. Compare prices and book in advance.
When it comes to travel, transportation and lodging can take big chunks of your budget. Take the time to compare prices in advance and to book the best (quality) deal you can find. If you stick with the same chain of hotels every time you travel, you can also earn points towards bonuses, including free nights at some hotels. This could save you on future travel! (Military travel tip: Check your local MWR or recreation department for even more savings!)

2. Look into combined passes for attractions.
Many cities have a pass that gets you into several attractions at a reduced rate. The pass is usually good for the popular attractions in the area, so there's a good chance that you'll get use out of it. You can check for these deals by typing in the city name plus pass to Google.

3. Be picky about your souvenirs.
We hardly ever buy souvenirs. In fact, the only souvenirs we tend to buy are the pressed pennies from penny machines (these cost a grand total of 51 cents each and I've been collecting them since I was a kid!). We also buy an ornament to represent our travels. Otherwise, we leave the cute, expensive items on the shelf.

4. Walk or use public transportation.
Taxis and rental cars can add up. In many cases, you'll find that you can walk to just about everywhere you need (especially if the quality hotel you booked is in a central location). Many cities also have public transportation (buses and monorails) that can help you get from point A to point B.

5. Eat at your hotel.
Take advantage of any free meals that your hotel offers. If you've got a fridge and microwave, you can also eat a few additional meals in your room rather than in town. Eating out is always more expensive than eating in. If you do have to (or want to) eat out, do your research beforehand! Most restaurants have their menu online to help you figure out costs in advance.

6. Set a budget.
Knowing how much you have to spend will help you stay on track. It's much easier to keep track of your money when you've only got so much to spend.

7. Use cash.
Have a hard time sticking to a budget? Get out your allotted cash in advance and only use cash on your trip. It's much easier to keep track of money when you're watching the bills leave your hand.

8. Do your research.
Even if you don't plan out a complete trip itinerary (we never do), it's helpful to look up attractions in advance. This will help you figure out what interests you and how much it will cost. Forget to research before you're there? Most attractions have websites that list their prices! This can help you decide what is worth visiting and what is not.

9. Look into discounts!
Look into every discount that you can. If you're military, it never hurts to ask if a military discount is available. Many places also offer discounts to teachers, students, and other groups.

What are your favorite ways to save money when traveling?  We'd love to hear your tips in the comments! It might even help us save in the future. :)


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