A big part of the expense in a trip is getting there, which is why it’s important to research and book early. Using apps and websites like Hopper, Google Flights and The Points Guy can help travellers find the best deals on flights, especially by setting fare alerts.
Another way to cut down on travel costs is by traveling during the shoulder season. That’s when destinations experience lower rates and fewer tourists.
The destination you choose can significantly impact the overall cost of your trip. Popular destinations like Greece may be pricier due to demand, while under-the-radar locales like India or Thailand will likely be more affordable.
In addition, staying close to your destination can help you avoid expensive airport and rental car rates. Plus, it can be a lot easier to find cheaper public parking with apps like Spothero and Parkwhiz.
Bring Your Own Booze
If you are willing to spend a little bit of time packing, you can save a ton by bringing your own alcohol. Most airlines allow you to bring a certain amount of booze with you on board, and you can often find cheaper bottles in local liquor stores or from local wineries or microbreweries. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a truly boozy souvenir of your trip! It’s especially easy to do on international flights where you collect your bags and then recheck them, but it can also work for domestic flights.
Don’t Buy Souvenirs
While souvenirs can be a great way to remember your trip, it is often best to avoid them when traveling on a budget. Most of the souvenirs you find in tourist shops and stands are actually made in China (or Turkey, the Philippines, or India) rather than the destination you are visiting, and they tend to quickly become clutter in your home.