I have traveled extensively and have stayed in many different types of lodging whether it be a hostel, a bed and breakfast, or a luxury resort. In my travels I’ve learned how to get the most out of your vacation and stay on budget. Here are my top 10 vacation tips:
1) Pack light. Don’t bring more than you need, but don’t forget anything essential.
2) Plan ahead. Book your hotel in advance and plan out what you want to do while there. You can save money by booking the hotel and flight together.
3) Take advantage of free attractions and events. Often times there are free walking tours, concerts, or historical sites that you can visit to stretch your dollar further.
4) If your trip is long enough (at least a week), then it is worthwhile to get a rental car. Public transportation can be convenient but it also restricts where you can go – with a rental car you can easily take day trips from the city center without having to worry about getting back in time for the last bus or train. Plus, if you’re taking an international trip, then driving in a foreign country can make for an exciting adventure!
5) Eat where the locals eat! Avoid touristy restaurants and ask people who
Welcome to Top 10 Vacation Tips! We’re Patricia and Michael and we want to share our best tips for any type of vacation. We’ve been to over 50 countries and want to help you travel better and cheaper than you ever thought possible.
Think you can’t afford a vacation? Think again! The world is full of amazing places that are super cheap if you know how to find them.
Think vacations are boring? Think again! Travel is the greatest gift you can give yourself, whether you’re traveling solo or with your family. Some of our favorite places to visit are off the beaten path – great destinations where you can explore history and culture while meeting interesting people along the way.
Think traveling is stressful? Think again! If you know the right way to pack, the right way to book transportation, and the right things to see, your vacation can be relaxing, rejuvenating, and inspiring.
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You don’t need a ton of cash to travel. There are plenty of ways to save money, stay on budget and still have an enjoyable trip.
Here are 10 tips that will make your next vacation more affordable and easier to plan:
1. Book your flight at least 4 weeks in advance.
2. Plan ahead for meals.
3. Don’t waste money on hotels.
4. Find activities that are free or cheap.
5. Pack snacks and drinks in your luggage.
6. Travel with someone you can split costs with, such as a family member, friend or spouse.
7. Consider getting a travel credit card to earn rewards and discounts on travel expenses such as flights and hotels.
Planning the trip
First things first. Before you do anything else, sit down and map out your budget. In order to travel on a budget, you will have to prioritize what you want and what you want to spend money on. Airfare, accommodations, food, activities, souvenirs are all costs that must be considered before booking any trips.
If you plan ahead and set a budget for each category before booking any part of your trip, it will help make sure that you don’t overspend on one area. Don’t book any flights until you have determined how much your flights will cost, as well as how much everything else will cost. If you know that your airfare is $500 but your total budget is $1000, then you know that you have $500 left over for everything else.
Remember to include the cost of visa fees in your budget if necessary (for example when visiting Russia or China). Visas can be expensive so don’t forget about them when making plans.
1. Plan your trip early. Don’t book your trip at the last minute, as you will end up paying more for your flight and hotel accommodations. Reserve your tickets 2-3 months in advance to get the best deals.
2. Be flexible with your travel dates. Some airlines offer a lower price when you travel one or two days earlier or later, or even during off peak times like night time. The less people who travel during these times the better!
3. Know where to find the best deals on flights and hotels. If you are planning to go on a vacation, make sure that you check all possible outlets for great deals on your flight and accommodation. You can try going online to compare prices and check out what each airline has to offer.
4. Travel light! List down all the things that you need for your vacation and pack only what is essential (don’t forget to bring extra batteries just in case). There are some airlines that charge a fee for every extra baggage that you have so be wise enough not to bring too many clothes with you and just do some shopping while on vacation instead.
5. Bring only a limited amount of cash or use your credit card instead – if you lose it, it can easily be
1. Early in the morning, you will get to your destination when most people are still asleep or just waking up. You’ll be able to unpack and explore before anyone else has even arrived.
2. Traveling at night will save you money on a hotel room. It’s also a good way to avoid traffic jams and bad weather, especially during the summer months.
3. Pick a hotel that includes breakfast and try to eat lunch at buffets or places with an “all-you-can-eat” special. You can then eat a light dinner or snack for supper if you want to keep your costs down.
4. If you plan on flying, be sure to make your reservations as early as possible so you can get the cheapest fare available. Also, watch for airfare wars during peak travel seasons, such as holidays or school breaks.
5. Drive a car instead of taking a plane or train for short distances (such as within a state). This is usually cheaper than paying for airline tickets, gas, and tolls if you take your own car on the road trip.