Traveling Hacks: Tips & Tricks to Help You Save Money
Planning a trip is exciting, but between the flights, hotel or lodging, and other amenities, traveling expenses add up quickly. Here are some tips and tricks that you can use while traveling to help save you money.
Travel on off days
First of all, if you haven’t booked your plane tickets yet, you can save money by traveling on off-peak days. Days that bookend the weekend (Friday and Monday) are more expensive, so if you can arrange to travel mid-week, you can end up saving a good amount of money, before you even depart. Wednesdays are typically the cheapest days to fly, according to YTravelBlog.
Rent an apartment
If you’re planning an extra long trip, then you can save a substantial amount of money by choosing to rent an apartment overstay in a series of hotels or other lodgings. You can find these long-term rentals on Airbnb, VRBO, and even Booking.com. Since the rental time is already blocked together, it’s a lower hassle for renters, and they know they’ll be able to fill the apartment for a longer block of time, so the rates are typically more moderate This is a great option if you’re going to be in or around one location for at least a month.
Walk as much as you can
Once you get to your destination, the next big area to save money is on your transportation. The cheapest option of all is to walk – walking is free! Plus, walking is an excellent way to take in a new city. You can wander off the beaten path, intentionally get lost, and really entrench yourself in the city’s cultural nuances.
If you get tired from walking, you can also find other affordable transportation options, such a renting a bike, or even taking public transportation. If you need to have a car of your own to get around, or for long-term travel, you should definitely buy a used car.
Purchase food and drink away from tourist streets
A great tip for saving money when you’re out and about is to wander away from the tourist streets. Tourism-focused streets are great for seeing the sights, and indulging in the luxuries of traveling. It’s also well-known that shops and dining establishments on these busy streets hike their prices (because they know they can get away with it!) If you walk just a few blocks further, you’ll save a good amount of money on both food and souvenirs.
Another great way to save money when it comes to eating when traveling is to visit the local grocery store or market and stock up on a couple of essentials that you can keep in your room or travel with. You’ll be less likely to spend a bunch of money on an expensive lunch or dinner if you can tide over hunger pangs with a snack on the go!
This rule can easily apply to alcohol as well – instead of having a fancy, expensive drink with dinner, stock up on some beer or wine at the market, and have a drink or two before you leave your room for a night out.
Opt to eat breakfast or lunch out instead of dinner
Dinner is notoriously the most expensive meal of the day – with food, beverages, desserts and more to choose from, it can add up quickly! To save some money (and your waistline), split your meals between eating out and eating in, but opt to dine out for either breakfast or lunch instead of dinner. Breakfast and lunch meals are less expensive in restaurants, so you can save cash and calories by eating brunch out, and eating dinner in.
Plan ahead with your spending
When you travel, you need to have money on hand to pay for activities, dining, gifts and more. So, it’s important to have a credit card that isn’t going to ding you for overseas transactions. Nip this issues in the bud before you depart, by making sure you have a credit card that offers travel rewards, or at the very least is allowing of overseas transactions.
Grab an international SIM card for your phone
One of the biggest hassles for traveling, especially overseas, is finding a solution for your phone that still allows you to text, make phone calls, or use the internet as needed. A great way to do this is by picking up an international SIM card and inserting it into your normal phone. You can likely grab one of these at the airport you arrive in. Having a pre-paid SIM card will help you save money on potential roaming charges, international calls, and more.