We all know traveling is expensive. But we also know it doesn’t have to be or at least there are ways to substantially reduce the price. There are far too many everyday expenses and costs of living that are taking another dollar out of your pocket for something. It simply doesn’t follow logic and reasoning to expect to go on a holiday and spare no expenses. It just isn’t practical and realistic. So in order to treat ourselves or our family to a vacation that will etch lifelong memory’s into our brains, we need to make sacrifices. Which costs can we avoid or eliminate and how can we best enjoy the trip without sacrificing too much quality? As with most things, it is best to turn to the experts for tips on how to keep costs down when traveling. We have created a list of ways you can look to save on your holiday and yet create those experiences you read about or see.
Travel at the cheapest times
The price of flights varies considerably depending on the month, day and even time of travel. Compare flight prices across a whole month meaning you’ll be able to see the cheapest days to fly, saving you a potential packet. Avoiding the weekends can make a huge impact on the price of flights. Why not compare travel from a Wednesday to Wednesday rather than a Friday to Friday
Don’t mind where you go as long as you can get there cheaply?
If you are open to experiencing new places and don’t have your heart set on a particular beach, town or location, then you have opened up a whole world to see at some incredible prices. Often airlines have cancellations and last minute deals to many popular destinations.
Travel in low season
If you can avoid it, don’t head to Australia for Christmas or to Spain just as school summer holidays begin. Travel off-season and you’re sure to find better bargains. Much of Europe still has beautiful weather come September, but with kids back at school, flights will be cheaper and your destination a lot less crowded.
If money is more important than time, then consider a flight with a stop-over. Budget airlines usually fly in and out of smaller airports. Check the websites for the airport(s) you plan to use to get a list of all the airlines that stop there. Then you can compare fares on the airlines’ websites as well as on search engines like Expedia and other vacation planning sites.
Fly from an alternative airport
Even though there may be an airport on your doorstep, don’t rule out the possibility that it may be cheaper to fly from one slightly further away. It may work out cheaper, even with the cost of a train or bus ticket to reach the alternative airport. Even then, you might find a cheap flight to a town that is only 2 hours’ drive to the city you want to visit. So flying into airports that are not your end destination can help to save on flight costs.
Beat the baggage fees
If you’re worried about excess baggage charges, why not wear your extra items instead of cramming them into your case? There are some fantastic products on the market that let you take additional belongings on your person ensuring they won’t count as excess baggage. A luggage jacket combined with a good hand-luggage bag will get you the absolute maximum amount of luggage on a plane, without having to pay any check-in costs.
Join a travel rewards program
Like many rewards programs, airlines have them as well. And although they are changing and it takes a bit longer to gather the points, it is still a great way to reduce the costs. It’s free to sign up and often you may be able to earn tens of thousands in bonus points for opening up a travel rewards credit card.
Travel rewards programs, like Airmiles Reward Miles, aren’t limited to airlines—hotels have them, too. If you choose right, you can collect points at many places from grocery stores, to gasoline and movie theatres.
Do your research to find the lowest airfare.
There are many sites to be able to research and find airfare and with so many larger established carriers creating newer low-cost brands, there is more choice on how to fly than ever before. Planning a trip with Google Flights is a good place to because it shows you how much you could save on a ticket if you alter your itinerary by a few days. But not every airline is listed so make sure you look around.
With a little advance planning, some flexibility, and the right attitude, there’s nothing standing between you and your dreams of exploration. These are all great ways to start to plan and research a trip, but remember, a certified travel agency like Guide Me Away can get you better pricing and provide that personal experience you won’t get from a computer. You get resources to reach out to before during and after your trip.
The bottom line is you do not need to be rich to travel. Let me same it again, you don’t need to be rich to travel. You do however need to do a little prep and reading to get that great vacation.