Looking for ways to stretch your travel money? It’s easy, we promise! All it takes is a little planning. Here are some simple tips on how to save money while traveling.
Before you leave for your trip, check out websites like Groupon.com and Living Social.com. They offer gift certificates to local restaurants and stores around the country. You can save about 50% on dining by planning ahead and using these discount sites.
Restaurant.com offers low cost gift certificates to local restaurants around the country. Pick out some restaurants you might want to try and print up your gift certificates before you leave home.
Don’t throw your money away on cabs and hired cars if you are traveling to a place with good public transportation. Taking local buses, subways and trains are almost always a fraction of the price of a hired car or cab.
Plus, taking public transportation gives you another opportunity to mingle with locals and is better for the environment.
Most cities have visitor information centers with brochures and flyers filled with coupons for local activities. You hostel or hotel will most likely have these handy traveling aids to give you.
Before heading off to sign up for a tour, excursion or activity, look through these great visitor resources for discount coupons to save you money.
Hostels are a great way to save money while traveling. They are less expensive to stay in than hotels and usually have kitchens where you can cook your own food (saving you money not eating out all the time).
It doesn’t matter where you go, there are always things to do and see that are free. For example, many museums offer free days, you can find free self guided walking tours online, and city parks are great places to explore and don’t cost a dime.
Airline Rewards Programs
Most airlines have some kind of frequent flyer rewards programs. A certain amount of points are given each time you fly and you can build your miles up to get free flights.
Before you book your flight, check to see what the airline’s frequent flyer reward program is. Most of these reward programs are free to join.