Easy Ways to Travel For Less

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Over the past year, I’ve been checking places off my bucket list. Even with a full-time job and a Journalist’s salary, I manage to travel a lot. Just recently, I’ve gone on two cruises, visited 8 different states, explored North Carolina more, taken numerous road trips, and am planning my next adventure. Traveling is SO important for a person to grow and learn. You gain more insight into yourself, different cultures, and relationships with every trip. However, looking at expenses can be discouraging, Thankfully, I’ve found ways to get around high prices and travel for cheaper. I’m slowly but surely making my way around the world.

Do you want to start tackling items on your bucket list? How can you afford to travel more and for less?

 

 

TIP: BOOK CHEAP FLIGHTS

I absolutely hate buying airline tickets!!! Ticket prices fluctuate day by day and there is no exact formula for when you should buy. It’s rumored that prices are cheapest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and about 6 weeks out. You can shop around early, but you should never buy early. Nor should you ever wait until the week of to buy.

Use programs like Skyscanner, Hopper, and Google Flights to keep track of prices. Google Flights even alerts you when prices are predicted to change. Additionally, pack a carry-on, instead of checking-in luggage, to save on baggage costs.

If you’re planning on traveling a lot, think about signing up for a frequent flier program.

 

TIP: TRAVEL IN THE WINTER

You might think Winter is the best time for staying in, snuggling up under a warm blanket, and watching Netflix all day —but it’s also the best time to travel! Typically, airlines, hotels, and select tourist attractions will lower their rates during the Winter. Take advantage of the off-season and save some money.

A hotel room that’s over a hundred dollars during peak season may go for less than sixty during the off-season. The extra money could go towards a nice dinner or other fun activity. Plus, traveling in the Winter can make for some pretty scenery! Winter traveling is full of deals and steals.

 

TIP: TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS

Traveling with a group is WAY more fun and less expensive. Think about it: You’re able to split transportation and lodging between multiple people! Traveling with friends is also great because you’ll always have someone to take photos of you, you’ll leave with millions of inside jokes, and you’ll become closer than before.

And if you’re going on a road-trip, you can split up driving responsibility!

 

 TIP: USE THE INTERNET

Before you book a trip, take a look at Airbnb and Groupon for deals. Groupon is typically known for selling local goods, but did you know Groupon has a section just for getaways?

Instead of booking a hotel, use Airbnb. Airbnb (I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard of it yet) lets people rent out their houses short-term to travelers. Airbnb operates in roughly 35 000 cities and in 200 countries. Making your choices practically limitless.

 TIP: DON’T RENT A CAR

Last time I was in Miami, we took an uber everywhere! Honestly, I was hesitant when Uber first popped up on the scene. But after using Uber numerous times, I’m a strong believer in this company. I’ll admit it… a lot of people use Uber to get them home safe after a long night at the bar… so I didn’t ever think to use Uber in the daytime. By using Uber, we saved SO much money not having to rent a car!! Uber isn’t only for your drunken stupors. 

You can also explore other options besides driving. See what activities are in walking distance or ask if your hotel offers free shuttles.

 

If you’re thinking of traveling outside the United States. Here are the seven most affordable destinations to travel:

  1. Fiji
  2. Cambodia
  3. Portugal
  4. Peru
  5. China
  6. South Korea
  7. India

 

Have you started planning your trip? Where are you off to next? 
 

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28 Comments

  1. Dani

    Great tips! i also love cheapo flights for finding flight deals and then booking with the airline directly after finding out the flight number, i’ve found it to be way better prices than sky scanner! and definitely agree about the travelling with friends, splitting costs makes it so much easier!

    http://www.daninaughton.com

    21 . Mar . 2017
  2. Samantha

    Great tips! We are traveling alot soon so I need to keep these in mind!

    21 . Mar . 2017
  3. Jennifer Nordine

    Wonderful tips, lady! I’m a big believer in using Google Flights as well! Happy Spring!

    21 . Mar . 2017
  4. Jennifer Nordine

    My son is king in our family for traveling for cheap. I will have to send this to him.

    21 . Mar . 2017
  5. Bianca Osbourne

    The internet is the best place to find and track travel deals…i’d be lost without it!

    21 . Mar . 2017
  6. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Nice tips! A caveat to winter travel is that it’s actually more expensive to travel to warmer climates during that time since it’s their peak season, which is sadly where I usually want to go in the winter 🙂 and hot ski spots are super expensive in the winter since it’s their peak season too. I agree with ditching the rental car in places where Uber and Lyft are available, especially if you’re not going to be using it that much. I just got back from New Orleans, LA and am off to Kaua’i Hawaii next! Can’t wait! Where are you off to next?

    21 . Mar . 2017
  7. Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    Groupon is an awesome tool that needs more praise for sure!

    http://www.coffeewithsummer.com

    21 . Mar . 2017
  8. Adree @ The Keele Deal

    Great tips! I have found that it’s true flights are cheaper on Tuesday and Wednesday. I like to fly with southwest whenever possible because I can book flights when I see a good deal and change them later if needed or if prices go down.

    21 . Mar . 2017
  9. adriana

    These are such great tips! Getting good travel deals is always so exciting – I love using Groupon too! They have awesome deals on there!

    21 . Mar . 2017
  10. Kristine

    These are great tips! I’ve also found that traveling to places at the end of summer (back-to-school time) is also a good time for deals. I recently found deals for round trip flights from Chicago to New York for ~$180 round trip!

    http://mylittleboxoftricks.com

    21 . Mar . 2017
  11. Savannah

    Skyscanner is a LIFESAVER! I also really love Hopper. I love reading tips about flying cheap because I always learn a new trick!

    http://thealwaysblog.com

    21 . Mar . 2017
  12. the sofieyah diaries

    Love the tips! Although I wouldn’t necessarily say traveling in the winter is the best time — basically travel whenever there aren’t a lot of school breaks xD That can be during the spring too! But also look at where the place you are going to, and when are their peak travel times? Like spring time is cheap for most places, but if you go to Japan in the spring it’ll be crazy expensive!

    http://thesofieyahdiaries.com/travel/food-adventures-nyc

    21 . Mar . 2017
  13. Jenny

    These are all such great tips! I’m traveling a lot this year and I can’t wait.

    21 . Mar . 2017
  14. Elly Leavitt

    skyscanner is seriously such a lifesaver! I always use it to book a flight.

    21 . Mar . 2017
  15. Nicole Booz

    Great tips! I use Kayak to search for flights. I also try to plan my travel around when things are cheaper, as the low season can vary destination to destination. I also love Airbnb!

    21 . Mar . 2017
  16. Poonam

    These are all fantastic tips! I agree that booking a flight on Tuesday or Wednesday is always cheaper.

    22 . Mar . 2017
  17. Poonam

    These are great tips, and I am on the hunt for airfare right now! We are headed to Napa this fall and just booked our Airbnb house!

    22 . Mar . 2017
  18. Amanda

    These are awesome tips! I haven’t tried AirBnB yet, I so need to.

    22 . Mar . 2017
  19. americanlamboard.com

    Travel hacking is definitely the way to go for me. Let the credit card companies pay for your travel, as long as you have a decent credit score and dont owe anybody anything then you can get quite a few trips paid for over the years. Just keep upgrading then downgrading cards every 3 4 months, upgrading only when there is a promotion on! Sometimes just adding a second person onto the card gets you lots of points. Then you just remove them again, so easy!

    22 . Mar . 2017
  20. Whitney

    My husband and I are wanting to visit Europe in the next year or so, so I’ve been looking at Google Flights almost every day to find the cheapest tickets. Great tips!

    22 . Mar . 2017
  21. Emily

    Loving these pieces of advice! I’m planning a few trips now and definitely appreciate all suggestions to make travel as cost effective as possible.
    Isn’t That Charming.

    22 . Mar . 2017
  22. Cameron

    Great tips! I love using Groupon to find great deals on travel, and Uber is definitely the way to go!

    22 . Mar . 2017
  23. Kusum

    All these tips are right on! I totally agree with them all and booking tickets in advance is the key for sure.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    23 . Mar . 2017
  24. Leeza

    I’ve gotten the travel bug lately and this post really pushed me to start planning my next trip!! thanks for all the awesome tips

    23 . Mar . 2017
  25. Jessica

    Thanks for the tip about Google Flights’ tracker – I just set mine up! 🙂

    23 . Mar . 2017
  26. Jessica

    Love this! I’ve personally never taken an uber in my life but I know I need to get on the bandwagon!

    23 . Mar . 2017
  27. Nikki-ann

    Great tips 🙂 I’m not sure where my next trip is going to be to, but I’ve just come back from a few days down in London.

    http://www.notesoflife.uk

    23 . Mar . 2017
  28. Kirsten

    I love these tips! I like volunteer trips a lot too because they usually lower the cost!

    28 . Mar . 2017

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