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Budget Travel

Ten tips for travelling on a budget

Traveling on a budget is not easy, especially while simultaneously paying off student loans or coordinating a trip for a family of four. So here's our top 10 tips for travelers of all ages to save money while traveling this year. 

  1. Pick a place with added benefits:Hotels are competing for your stay these days; pick a hotel that offers added amenities that you will use, like complimentary morning coffee or a free fitness center. Sites like Hotels.com can be a great resource for pre-trip planning.And if you know you won't take advantage of any of these add-ons, look into sharing economy services like Airbnb.
  2. Avoid hectic travel days:If you don't have to take a vacation over a school holiday, then don't. Travel during off-peak times, days and hours to get the best rates for your flight and lodging. 
  3. Sign up for travel newsletters and blogs:Need a vacation but not sure where to go? Sign up for travel newsletters and blogs from your favorite travel news sources and brands so you are in the know of "insider" sales and offers.
  4. Midday meals:Make lunch your big meal, rather than dinner. Restaurants usually offer cheaper menus for lunch, compared to dinner, while still letting guests try some of their signature items.Always travel with snacks and water bottles so you're not spending extra money on items you can take from home, as long as you plan ahead.
  5. See the city by foot:Taxi rides can add up, especially when traveling with a large group. See the city or town by foot and discover hidden gems. You'll get some exercise while you're at it. City Walking Guide provides walking tours of top U.S. cities.
  6. Travel local:Not only is it usually cheaper to eat local, but you should travel local, too. Be a tourist in your own city and explore new neighborhoods in your own backyard without having to drive or fly.
  7. Plastic perks:Do your research to find a travel focused credit card that you can take advantage of its benefits. Use that card for booking all expenses to obtain the most return for future trips.
  8. Off-the-beaten-path trips:Don't always follow what's popular or in. Instead of visiting major cities and popular countries, travel to less popular locations, like Bolivia.  
  9. Discounts and coupons:Don't be afraid to ask if there is an AAA or senior discount when booking a hotel. Better in your pocket, right?Also, if you must rent a car, rental companies usually have coupon codes that can be used. Search the Internet.
  10. Life is unpredictable.Some trips need to be canceled: life happens, and often travelers aren't able to take their trips due to an illness or family emergency. With travel insurance, travelers don't necessarily have to pay for a trip they are unable to take. 


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