Whether you’re headed out on vacation, visiting family, or working, flying can be nerve-wracking. The good news is that there are a few simple things you can do before and during your trip to make it a less stressful endeavor. Here are our five tips for being a smart traveler.
Travel Tip #1: Book Early, or Book Late
While travel tends to be expensive no matter what, you can sometimes secure a small discount by booking your trip as soon or as late as possible. If you are traveling by plane, the best time to purchase domestic tickets is around three months from the date of travel. Early booking guarantees a seat and (oftentimes) a discount. But travelers who have more flexibility can wait until the last minute for some potentially steep discounts.
Travel Tip #2: Be Aware of Additional Costs
More and more airlines are charging baggage fees and eliminating free in-flight food, drinks and entertainment. Find out what is not included in the price of a ticket, and plan accordingly by bringing your own snacks and a tablet loaded with movies, books or games.
Travel Tip #3: Use Local Coupons and Deal Sites
Many travelers forget to use deal and coupon websites when they travel. It’s good to remember that many of the same money-saving sites you use every day could be used for travel in other states. If you plan on going the tourist route once you arrive at your destination, you can save money by looking into local deals.
Travel Tip #4: Reduce or Eliminate Your Hotel Bill
Paying for accommodations while away from home is likely to be one of your most significant expenses—but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re staying in one location for a long duration, consider a sublet. This can come with additional savings, especially on food, as you can purchase groceries and eat out less.
Travel Tip #5: Reduce Your Food Costs
Eating on the road is expensive, especially if you are heading to a popular destination. In a tourist area, even a basic meal can cost much more than what you would pay back home. Save money by preparing as many meals as you can where you are staying or by bringing prepared food on a shorter trip. If you are unable to carry or cook your own food, look online for supermarkets or delis that offer prepared food. This can be significantly less expensive than a typical restaurant.
Following these money-saving hacks can help you stay within your budget and be less stressed while on the road.
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