There are countless ways to save money when planning for a trip and still have that fantastic time you deserve. Here are five of the simplest rules you can follow to plan the vacation you want and keep a happy wallet:
- Plan in advance: as a general rule, the longer you wait to book a flight, the more expensive your ticket will be; this is also true for hotels. And even though these days there are websites that offer last minute traveling deals (Hotwire, Expedia, etc.), you may still end up paying more and end up traveling at a less convenient day or time, staying in a different type of hotel or simply having to stay home.
- Pack lightly: even though this rule may seem unimportant to most, it is a very helpful tip. For example, when you travel light you can move around very easily (take the local train or bus with your luggage, no need for a taxi), you won’t end up paying extra baggage fees at the airport and when you get to your hotel, you’ll be able to take care of your own luggage and not have to pay for help. And even though these may seem a bit random, they add up and you may end up spending a good amount of money because you packed too heavily.
- Reserve or buy tickets for major attractions online: there are many positive points about this. The two main ones are that you won’t have to wait in line for too long and you’ll be able to make the most out of it, and that many websites offer discounts or added perks if you buy in advance.
- Ride like a local: if you’re going to Europe, go to the train station and get a cheap ticket to your next destination -may still want to check online for schedules: RailEurope-. Or ask at the tourism office for the bus routes. You’ll not only be able to move without paying too much, you’ll also experience the country in a completely different way. This is how some of the best traveling stories are born!
- Make a schedule: it can be a “flexible” schedule, but having one will save you some money. The reason is simple: if you don’t have an idea of what it is that you want to do, you’ll end up waisting time and when you travel wasted time equals wasted money. Instead, have a general schedule, something that will help keep you on track with the things you want to do and then, you’ll be more focused and will get your money’s worth.
Follow these simple rules to save a few bucks, no matter where you go. Happy travels!