8 Things to Do to Save Money While Planning to Travel
Nothing worth having comes without a price. Traveling is fun, for sure, but there are countless expenses involved, which if not tackled with dexterity can be a huge burden on your pocket. To help you figure this out here are 8 things that you can do to save money while on travel.
- Analyze your destinations:
- Make a list of everywhere that you plan to go to, for your next holiday.
- Conduct research for each destination to figure out which place offers you the most value for your money.
- Zeroing in on places where you have friends or relatives with a spare bedroom or where you can get free meals is a great option.
Research sites to refer to:
- Numbeo: Ranking of countries is done by cost of living, restaurant cost and cities by travel cost
- Fareness: Comparison is done on the basis of the prices you pay on the dates you plan to visit the place and other dates.
- Schedule your airfare
Some days in the year are reserved for travel in your calendar. Why wait until the last moment to book a flight ticket when you could be saving a lot of money with just a little planning?
Currently, tickets through the end of November are already on sale so if you are planning to be somewhere on the Halloween or Thanksgiving or for someone’s birthday, then book your tickets at a decent price, right now.
If you want to save more you could wait to get the best price. Use Travel Hacker global pages, Hopper App or set and airfare alert on Airfare Watchdog to get the best deals.
- Airfare Purchases Postscript: There are some airlines in which you can only book a ticket through their individual websites for example the Southwest Airlines.
There are many countries with their “hidden” airlines and you might like to have a look at the fares they offer before you book a ticket.
Google the list of all commercial airlines and plan accordingly.
- Avoid the Holiday Season
Plan your holiday according to the festivals and national holidays of the place you are travelling to. You don’t want to be in a country celebrating its independence day when all the restaurants are closed, taxis are out of service and hotel prices dig a hole in your pockets.
- Apply for Credit Card
Using credit cards can mean a lot of benefits to you as a traveler. From free miles on airlines to free points in a hotel stay, there is a lot you can take advantage of.
- Use Discount Codes:
Install the Honey browser extension, which works on several prominent travel sites, like Hotels.com, Priceline.com and Trivago.com (as well as many other non-travel retailers).
Once it’s in there, it will alert you to any discount codes as you are making a purchase, and will even test them all automatically with one click.
- Switch your cellular plan
If you are traveling abroad for a long duration you cannot avoid using your mobile to make and receive calls or using the internet. It is advisable to switch to using TMobile which offers free text messaging and data in over 100 countries.
Data speed is enough to use for emailing and messaging services.
- Don’t stick to your favorite travel agency
Prices vary with location so instead of being loyal to your travel agency and greedy of collecting points, search for the cheapest company in the place you are at. You may end up checking into some great hotels and travel around in some amazing cars.