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6 Affordable Travel Tips

28 August, 2020
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Who doesn't love to travel? Everyone wants to get the chance to go out and experience more of the world. The problem becomes finding ways to fit travel into your budget.

The most desirable of destinations can be quite pricey... but they don't have to be. There are many different ways that you can cut costs and create more affordable travel for yourself.

Whether you're flying in to visit family back home or going to a completely new destination, saving costs can lead to more trips. See below for several ways to create cheap travel for yourself and all that are traveling with you.

1. Set a Budget

If you want to fully enjoy your trip and remove any stress from your stay, then you'll want to make sure your finances are under control.

Whether you're the type that plans your trips several months in advance or does spontaneous trips several times a year, you can budget accordingly.

As long as you're constantly putting part of your paycheck into a savings account for your trips, you'll always have travel money when you need it.

However, you'll also want to create a separate budget for the trip. After you decide where you're going and how long you're staying for, be sure to set a budget for each facet of the trip.

Put a limit on things like food, travel, hotels, and entertainment to let yourself enjoy the trip without putting yourself in a tricky financial situation.

2. Communicate the Budget

If you're actually going to cut costs on this trip, then everyone needs to be on the same page. You can't expect to save money when one person keeps taking you to the most expensive restaurants in the entire city.

This doesn't mean you have to be a Debby Downer either. Simply communicate your goal of cutting costs on the trip.

That might entail little things like walking from place to place, rather than piling up Uber tabs. Maybe you stay at an Airbnb instead of a pricey hotel. Whatever that looks like for your group specifically, compromises can lead to major savings.

3. Use a Travel Rewards Program

If you're planning to travel often, then there are many different ways that you can go about getting incentives for your travels.

Airlines offer travel rewards programs for those that repeatedly use their service over their competitors. Hotels offer reward programs just the same. These can help you save a tremendous amount of money on your travels and adventures over time.

They especially make sense for those of you that fly for travel, for work, and to visit family often. If you're going to be flying frequently, you might as well get rewarded for it!

If you're comfortable with credit cards, then you can also benefit from a travel rewards credit card. It helps you keep savings and add up bonus points after you spend a certain amount.

However, for those of you that don't use credit cards, the travel rewards program will help you add points all the same.

4. Always Look for Discounts

You know what they say "several small things add up to one big thing". In this case, several discounts will add up to major savings on each of your trips.

For example, you can use discount travel sites to save money on the airfare, the trip, the hotel, and so on.

There are ways to stay on major destination sites while still receiving a discount. View this article to learn more about how you can find discounts on Disney properties.

The discounts are all around you. People are competing for your business. You just need to take the time to look.

5. Mix Up Your Dining Plans

One of the best parts of going to a new city is the fine dining. But you don't have to dine out every single night to experience the food that a city has to offer.

You can mix up your dining plans by scheduling for times to eat at a restaurant, order from a local fast-food restaurant, or cook at your hotel (if applicable).

For example, if you're wanting to travel to Seattle, you could rent an Airbnb with a kitchen in it and plan a few nights to cook freshly-caught fish from Pike's Place. This will save money for you to use to check out breweries, eat at fine dining, and so on.

6. Use Rental Online Marketplaces

It's been referenced a few times in this article, but it bears worth repeating: hotels aren't your only option when you're traveling.

These days, you have several different ways to get a prime rental spot instead of going for the standard hotel room. You can use sites like Airbnb or VRBO to find a place to crash for the duration of your stay.

You can book a beach house on the Outer Banks. You can find a condo to stay in while you visit San Francisco. You get the idea. Be sure to take the time to comb through listings on both sites. Worst case scenario, you still have the hotel room to fall back on.

Use These Affordable Travel Tips to Your Advantage

Now that you've seen several amazing and affordable travel tips for booking your next adventure, it's time to plan the next trip.

Take the time to think through ways you could save on your next destination. Start with the must-see or must-do attractions, then cut costs on other aspects of the trip from there.

Be sure to browse our website for more articles on how to save while traveling, as well as many other helpful topics.

 
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