Would you like to travel more often without breaking the bank? What if I told you that instead of planning one family trip a year, you can go twice with the same budget? See below to find out how you can do simple things to save money next time you go on vacation.
1. Airline Tickets – Plan in advance and visit discount websites to see if there are better deals. Also, look into bundling your hotel, flights, car rentals, etc.
2. Travel Light – Pack light as most airlines are starting to charge a lot of money for bags.
3. Round Trip Tickets – If you are traveling one-way, look into a round trip ticket, but from time to time it is cheaper.
4. Plan Your Meals – Figure out where you will be and eat before you actually go out. This is not just good for your wallet, but your stomach too since you will probably find economical restaurants that taste great.
5. Avoid Restaurants at the Hotels – Chances are that the restaurants at the hotel are expensive. It probably pays to walk out the front door and find a local cafe.
6. Car Rental Coverage – UCCU’s Visa Platinum Credit Card has car secondary rental coverage so use your UCCU Visa Platinum .
7. Children Car Seats – If you are traveling with kids, you might think that bringing the car seat is cheaper. Call the car rental company and ask about rental prices. With airlines charging for extra luggage, it might save to just rent it.
8. Rental Cars – Decline those services that fill the gas tank up for you. Even though it seems like the advertised price is cheap, many times they charge you for a full tank of gas regardless of how much is left in there when you bring the car back.
9. Redeye Flights – Flying at off-peak hours can usually save a lot on the ticket price. Location – Sometimes the smaller towns close to where you are going have hotels that are much less expensive.
10. Suites – Instead of having two rooms, consider the two-bedroom suites that some hotels provide. They will end up being cheaper and you get just as much privacy with your own room.
11. Be a Little Flexible with Travel Days – Many prices are based on supply and demand, so sometimes it is much cheaper to leave the day before (or after) instead. Look around the dates of your travel plans and see if spending an extra day is worth it. This makes a difference especially around major holidays.
12. Age, Student and Membership Discounts – Many attractions like theme parks, museums and others have discounts for senior, children or students. If you are traveling, remember to take your ID and membership cards (e.g. AAA card) with you that might qualify you for these. Sometimes traveling in groups can save money as well.