July 30, 2012

5 Ways to Travel Cheaply

Whether you are travelling aboard or domestically, travelling is expensive. It is a luxury for those who are able to afford it, but there are 5 ways that you can cut down the cost before you hit your next destination. 

Timing: Consider the location that you want to visit and find out when their off season is. An off season is typically a time period where the destination doesn’t see a lot of travel and money coming in. A lot of different destinations try to keep travel going through these times to bring more money into their economy, so costs are dropped considerably. Tropical destinations tend to be slower during their ‘cooler’ months and cooler places like Colorado, typically offer discounts during the summers. 

Travel agent: Work with a travel agent if you can. Travel agents not only help cut out the nonsense of planning of a trip but they typically know how to get you the best deal and know all the right questions to ask. 

Sooner the better: You have heard the saying before, ‘the early bird catches the worm’ and when it comes to traveling and saving, this is your best advice. The earlier you book the better on your bank account. You can never book a trip too early. Try booking your trip 4-6 months advance. Flights tend to be the cheapest the further out you book. 

Domestic: If you are looking to travel but you need to cut back. Consider on your destination location to save money. Going abroad is going to always cost you more because of the flight prices. So travel domestically and during the off season. If it is possible, look at driving in a gas friendly car to your destination, rather than booking a flight. 

Sleeping arrangements: After a flight ticket the next cost to consider is where you decide to sleep at night. Forget the fancy hotels; remember that you will only be sleeping in the room at the end of the day. If you are travelling abroad, look into hostels. Hostels are half the price of a hotel. Keep in mind with this price cut you will be in a dorm like accommodation rather a nice hotel. There are some hostels that you can request to be alone in your room. 

The best ways to save for a trip is to start early and do your homework and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can travel cheaply if you follow these tricks. Now start your planning and have fun with it! Happy and safe travels!

Author Bio. Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to nanny service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.

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