Tips for Traveling on a Budget

Saving to TravelOften, the popular answer is to travel when you ask someone what they wish they could do more. A common misconception is that you have to have a lot of money to travel, but traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. Use these tips to enjoy a budget friendly vacation anytime, anywhere.

  1. Plan, plan and more planning

The longer you wait, the more expensive everything gets. Not only do airplane tickets and hotel reservations rise but you miss out on early bird deals and specials for cruises and travel packages. Plan your travels well in advance to keep on budget.

  1. Travel off-peak

Another tip for sticking to your budget is to travel when most people aren’t. Sticking to off-peak travelling seriously cuts the cost. Peak times can vary based on your destination, but try to avoid holidays and spring and summer breaks. Plan your off-season trip today to save big!

  1. Use hotel alternatives

Hotels even the ones lacking luxury can seriously pack on hundreds of extra dollars to your trip. Try an alternative like hostels to save on cash.  You can even look into Airbnb.com which allows travelers to rent rooms and apartments from locals or couchsurfing.com where you can find a spare couch or bed to crash on for the night. If you simply must have a hotel, be sure to check out the cheap deals on Skyscanner.

  1. Embrace sack lunches

Dining out at fancy or beach side restaurants is always great, but also very costly adding $50 to $100 every night you eat out. To save money you can limit the eating out and stock up on groceries. Cooking your own meals especially breakfast is easier to do when travelling than you might think. How hard is to make up a couple sandwiches to toss in your bag as you head down to the beach?

  1. Ditch the souvenirs

T-shirts, shot glasses and other memorabilia add unnecessary costs to every trip no matter how fun they are. A really affordable souvenir to remember your trip and location can be found in your smart phone or camera. Just taking a picture will give you the same feeling of bringing your vacation home with you while allowing you to show your family and friends.

  1. Shop discounts

If you haven’t heard of Groupon now is a great time. Discount sites like LivingSocial and Groupon provide amazing deals ranging from tours to spas to product discounts. Make sure to browse these sites while planning your trip to see how you can save.

  1. Keep an eye out for freebies

Last but not least, see what’s free while you’re traveling. Free alternatives such as parks and shows allow you to enjoy the culture and scenery without the big price tag that come with the “must-see” attractions.

See the World and Stay Within Your Budget

To me, there is nothing more beautiful than beaches. The sand between your toes, the sound of the waves as they crash against the rocks, the sunsets, and the enjoyment of just relaxing. I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve always found the peace around water.photo-1419064642531-e575728395f2

There are so many beautiful beaches around the world to see, but when it comes to traveling to those destinations, financially it can be a little tight. However, there are a lot of great deals out there if you know where to look. Hipmunk and Kayak have always been great resources for finding great deals, along with other great sites to help you save money and still have a great time.

Another valuable resource to saving money is Rick Steves, world travel expert, who has great tips for packing to keep things simple. With the extra fees the airlines charge now a days for baggage, it is nice to have his tips on what to pack.

What are some of your vacation plans for this summer? What are some of your travel tips that safe you money?