Here are a few of my favorite tips for traveling on a budget.
1. Travel on a weekday, but still be flexible
Many airlines offer travel deals during the week because thats typically the time most people are at work, therefore there are less people traveling and the airlines are anxious to fill flights (which means lower prices for us, yay!)
2. Check for discounts
Many people get so excited about their upcoming trips and they end up booking the first thing they see and end up paying more than they should. Don’t be that person. Always to see if the hotel offers discounts for your stay (Military, Flight Attendant, Government Employees, Honor Societies & Automobile Club discounts to name a few). If you don’t see a discount listed on the website of the hotel of your choice, you could always call and ask if they are currently running any deals.
3. Only travel with a personal item
Discount airlines such as Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines are becoming very popular for their low prices, but a lot of travelers don’t get the deals they should be getting when flying with these 2. I often hear complaints that “Spirit/Frontier charge for bags” that is NOT true. I have been happily traveling with both airlines for a few years and have never paid any baggage fees. These airlines charge for carry on items and checked bags, BUT you are allowed to bring on a FREE personal item that is 18 x 14 x 8 that must go underneath the seat in front of you. & truthfully, 18 x 14 x 8 is not much smaller than the carry on size of 22 x 18 x 10 that you WILL pay $35-$100 for. So, opt for the free personal item.
4. Take local transportation instead of renting a car
Most of us are used to driving everywhere, so when traveling some automatically want to get a rental car. Unless you absolutely have to, SKIP THE RENTAL. Take local transportation such as buses, especially in other countries because it is very cheap and sometimes as low as 1$, which definitely beats spending a couple hundred on a rental car.
5. Use credit cards with travel rewards
Many credit card companies partner with hotels and airlines and offer a generous amount of points per dollar spent which means free hotel stays and free flights! Some even offer bonus points just for signing up!
All opinions are my own.