We like saving money. Chances are, you also like saving money.
Saving money while also having a great time on vacation means returning home a happy camper. You’ve probably had that feeling of dread after a lavish week away from home… that moment you decide to finally check your bank account and face reality. We’d like to help ease the anxiety of that moment, so here are some simple ways to save money on your next trip.
1. Book in advance
Thinking ahead is a great way to save money in the long run. If you’re already thinking about flying home for Thanksgiving in August, start looking at flights right away (or as soon as they become available). Securing transport, lodging tours and activities in advance also gives you time to shop around and find the best offers.
2. Eat off the beaten path
Tourist areas are great for sightseeing, people watching and general enjoyment, but they can also be detrimental to your wallet. The menu items at these restaurants will often have higher price points. Explore some less popular areas on the map, and check out parts of the city with less sightseeing traffic
3. Try public transportation
Walking will always be the most budget-friendly mode of transportation, but if that’s not an ideal option at your destination, look into public transit. Taking a taxi can cost much more than hopping on the train – especially in busy cities with high traffic volume.
4. Keep your schedule flexible
A rigid itinerary may cause you to miss out on money saving opportunities. If you plan to take a dinner cruise the last day of your trip and discover that lunch cruise options are less expensive, being able to switch out your plans means having more cash for dessert!
5. Book a package
Bundling your reservation means less hassle all around. There’s no need to worry about confirming every individual component of your vacation, and the rates often cheaper in combination with each other. Win-win!