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75 Budget Travel Tips To Save Money

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Going on vacation is the best! But it’s not cheap. It’s easy to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars when you factor in food, accommodations, attractions, transportation, and entertainment.

In order to avoid spending crazy amounts of money, I’m always on the lookout for ways to save when traveling. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot of tricks and discovered some amazing resources that have saved me thousands of dollars.

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My husband and I have been able to travel to Asia, cruise around Alaska, and visit a number of other beautiful countries and states without breaking the bank.

Whether you love going on cruises, beach getaways, traveling internationally or somewhere a little closer to home, there’s no reason why you can’t save money.

Here’s a list of budget travel tips that’ll have you saving money on your next vacation in no time.

  1. Give up your seat if your flight is oversold (for the next one flight) and get a travel voucher
  2. Always know the cancellation policy. You don’t want to be charged any surprise fees
  3. Compare prices of hotels, VRBO, Airbnb and go with the best option
  4. Visit cheaper travel destinations
  5. Sign up for loyalty cards and earn free flights, hotel stays, and rental cars
  6. Earn cashback using Ebates when booking your travel
  7. The more flexible you are the more you will save (dates, location, times)
  8. Take advantage of applicable discounts (senior citizen, veteran, student, AAA)
  9. Consider alternate airports while booking your flights
  10. Set up price alerts for flights through Kayak or Google Flights
  11. Travel in the mid or offseason
  12. Google free things to do around your destination
  13. Only pack what you can fit in a carry on bag
  14. Use Groupon to find fun activities and tasty restaurants
  15. Avoid booking flights last minute or too far in advance
  16. Sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights
  17. Use Google Flights to find the cheapest dates to fly
  18. Check out your destinations visitor’s bureau/Chamber of Commerce
  19. Rent a car only if it’s cheaper than Uber and Lyft
  20. Sign up for a travel credit card (if you can use it responsibly)
  21. Consider the exchange rate if you’re going abroad
  22. Join Facebook travel groups to learn about awesome deals
  23. Check your credit card’s travel protection policy
  24. Borrow books and DVDs from the library to take with you
  25. Subscribe to emails to get free or discounted stuff
  26. Buy reusable travel toiletry containers
  27. Double check that you packed toiletries and medication to avoid an impromptu shopping trip
  28. Come up with a budget and stick to it
  29. Compare prices of rental cars at the airport vs. on and off airport
  30. Choose an all-inclusive resort or cruise
  31. See if your employer offers travel perks
  32. Pack a deck of cards
  33. Buy discounted gift cards to pay for hotels, rental cars, and airlines
  34. Check prices on both the app and website. They can be different
  35. Pack a box of protein bars for breakfast
  36. Have a friend or family member to drop you off/pick you up from the airport
  37. Take surveys when you have some spare time to make a few dollars
  38. Pack basic kitchen supplies and a cooler
  39. Before buying anything, check if there are any coupons or discounts available
  40. Ask if the hotel has a travel crib you can use so you don’t have to pay to check it on your flight
  41. If you’re a part of a warehouse club, check if they offer any travel discounts (vacation packages and car rentals)
  42. Be flexible with your travel. Let the deals determine your next vacation
  43. Drive instead of fly
  44. Plan a camping trip
  45. Travel with a bank card that reimburses all ATM fees (like Schwab)
  46. Walk a couple of blocks away from touristy areas to eat
  47. Use apps to call and text back home when you’re traveling internationally
  48. Avoid foreign transaction fees if you’re abroad with certain credit cards or cash
  49. Stay somewhere with a kitchen
  50. Find the cheapest gas station by using the app Gas Buddy
  51. Avoid buying anything other than gas at the gas station
  52. Eat at restaurants where kids eat free
  53. Pack a picnic
  54. Couch surf
  55. Eat in when you can
  56. Avoid buying trinkets and take pictures instead to remember the trip
  57. Save money on your groceries while on vacation by using Ibotta and Checkout 51
  58. Always pack snacks
  59. Go to the buffet before the lunch or dinner price increase
  60. Get a City Pass if you want to visit several attractions
  61. Use public transportation
  62. Always carry around a reusable water bottle
  63. Limit drinking alcohol and sodas when you’re out
  64. Walk everywhere
  65. Don’t carry around a lot of cash. You may be tempted to buy more stuff
  66. Don’t exchange money at the airport
  67. Decline insurance from car rental companies and use your own personal insurance
  68. Share meals at restaurants
  69. Buy groceries at the local grocery store
  70. Stay with a friend
  71. Take advantage of free hotel breakfasts
  72. Find a Happy Hour and have an early dinner
  73. Drink the free coffee in the room
  74. Go on a road trip
  75. Talk to the locals about affordable attractions and restaurants to try

What are your best budget travel tips?

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