You don’t need to be super wealthy before you see the world. Everyone always feels that you need to have so much money kept aside before you can have a memorable experience but to be honest — that isn’t true.
There is no big secret to cheap travel, other than to make it a priority. The main question is: Do you really want to travel?
Since you are reading this blog post, we’ll assume your answer is yes.
Now that have made it clear that travelling is one of your main priorities, we’ll walk you through the 5 best money saving hacks for your next trip.
1. Buy Cheap Flights
The flight fare is an easy category to save money because the flying experience is largely the same regardless of which airline you choose or how much you paid for your ticket.
Sky Scanner is also good to find the cheapest days to purchase the tickets. However, to make sure you find the cheapest flight ticket possible, you will need to put in a bit of time to research. Familiarize yourself with all the airports in your destination, arriving at some might be cheaper than arriving at others.
Try to limit your packing to a carry-on bag so you can avoid checked luggage fees. You can do laundry in the middle of your trip if you need to—your vacation doesn’t have to be a fashion show.
2. Stay At Hostels
Even if you don’t know anyone in your destination, you can use the Internet to find a place to stay. Most people have heard of Airbnb, where you can find a bed, or space in someone else’s home to sleep.
3. Join A Travel Rewards Program
Travel rewards programs arent just limited to flight but hotels also have them too. You could earn points on a variety of purchases through various loyalty program’s partners.
Airlines are switching to revenue-based loyalty programs, meaning that you earn points based on how much you spend rather than how many miles you fly. It looks like it might take a while before you earn a free flight but there is no reason you shouldnt start gathering the points now.
It’s free to sign up and if you are new to the program, you may be able to earn tens of thousands in bonus points by opening up a travel rewards credit card.
4. Cook At Home And Curb Your Dining Expenses
If you stay in a hostel or an Airbnb, you should have access to a kitchen. Use it to save money on eating (and drinking) out.
Remember, your priority is the experience of travel, so who cares if you don’t get a complete break from washing dishes on your trip.
When you do want to enjoy a restaurant meal for the sake of pleasure or convenience, make it lunchtime. Even fancier restaurants usually offer reduced prices at lunch.
A similar strategy applies to drinking—look for happy hour specials.
5. Be Flexible With Last Minute Offers
If you’re not picky about the timing or destination of your next trip, you can save money with last-minute deals on vacation packages, airfare, and hotel rooms.
- Hotel Tonight provides discounted hotel rooms for same-day, next-day, and following-week stays.
- Jetsetter advertises flash sales on hotel rooms and vacation packages.
- Hipmunk displays flight deals for the upcoming week and weekend.