Millions of people mark the start of a new year by planning their next vacation, but it’s easy to get caught up in excitement and overpay for your getaway.
If you’re new to traveling, or you’re not happy with how much you’ve spent on trips in the past, there is more than one way to save. We put together these tips to help you save before, during and after your next vacation!
Travel websites are the best ways to find deals before you book, but they have a trick that can cost you money as you shop for the perfect price. Websites keep track of your travel searches and may offer you more expensive prices if you’re not careful. You can avoid this price hike by entering your browser’s incognito mode or clearing your cache before you search for airline and hotel accommodations. It pays to be sneaky!
Save with Stopovers
Direct flights are the most convenient way to travel, but stopovers have their perks. Travelers can often save money by booking flights that include a stopover, and some airlines offer additional benefits. Expert travelers can even spend a day or more in stopover cities, turning an inconvenience into a trip within a trip. Save by booking a stopover and then make it an enjoyable opportunity by staying there for a day or two!
Take the Path Less Traveled
If seeing the most popular destinations in the world is a lifelong dream, then go right ahead. But if you’re just looking to get away by visiting somewhere new, then you can save big by thinking outside the box. Countries like Argentina, Estonia, Peru, Albania, Mexico and Portugal have plenty to offer and come with a cheaper price tag. If you insist on going to popular destinations, consider booking accommodations in “second cities.” By not staying in places like Paris, Tokyo and Rome, you’ll find cheaper fares and accommodations.
Use Public Transit
Renting a car is a nice way to explore a new destination, but it can be unnecessary, expensive and inefficient depending on where you’re visiting. Check if your destination has an efficient public transportation system and pick up an unlimited pass. You’ll save hundreds compared to renting a car and you’ll see just as much if you plan your route well!
Almost every airline and credit card company has some sort of travel rewards program, so it’s a wasted opportunity if you aren’t earning points or rewards when you travel. Sign up for your favorite airlines’ and credit cards’ rewards program before you book. Even if you have to book with a new airline that you haven’t used before, you should sign up for their rewards program in case you want to fly with them again. It takes a few seconds to get started and it can lead to free trips and other rewards in the future!
Everyone likes to be prepared for every situation, but packing light is a proven way to save when traveling. Purchase a reliable carry on suitcase and pack it with only the essentials. You’ll be surprised at how little you need to make the most of your trip. Not only will this save you hundreds of dollars on checked luggage fees, but it will also allow you to enjoy your trip without worrying about as much of your stuff getting lost or stolen. Don’t forget that most airlines also allow a purse or backpack as a personal item!