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Ways to save money on travel

November 13, 2011 by  
Filed under travel tips

Traveling is something that we all love to do. Even getting out of the home and going for a hike is a “traveling” opportunity. We have the need to explore the world we live in and it’s a great idea to teach this to your children so they can appreciate the Earth and the people that inhibit it. The problem with traveling is that it can become very expensive and might end up hindering you financially. You need to plan for vacations in order for them to really become successful and it does help you to look at all of different ways in which you can save money to be able to travel.

Create a budget when you are on the trip for souvenirs and other purchases. If you don’t have a budget set, money will find a way to sneak out of your pocket. Having a concrete budget and planning out the vacation will allow you to know where you can and cannot spend money. Talk to your kids about money as well so they learn smart money management and don’t haphazardly spend money when they are on vacation.

Look for deals and book early. Just about the best way to save money on travel is by booking your vacations early on. You need to look at the travel sites and watch for specials and deals. Plan vacations in the off-season to a lot of your destinations and you can easily get a great deal. It is also a great idea to consider package deals like a cruise as they have everything from food, lodging, and entertainment in one. Planning a vacation during the dead heat of the summer to Las Vegas is actually a lot of fun and with so many pools around, you won’t be nearly as hot as you’d think. Plan a trip during hurricane season as your chances of being in one probably won’t happen and you are able to have a large cost savings!

Stay at an affordable hotel or motel. You don’t need to get the expensive lodging because they put chocolates on the pillows. Now you can easily find nice budget hotels that offer comfortable rooms and great lodging and save your money. Spending limited money is the big goal here so you need to do yourself a favor and remember this as you are booking the hotel.

Restrain yourself from gas station buying. When you are traveling, it is normal to use the restroom facilities at gas stations and it is also normal to walk through a maze of souvenirs and food in order to get to those facilities. You need to restrain yourself from these purchases as they will add up and they aren’t going to do you any good financially. Pack some chips and soda ahead of time if you know you really will get the munchies and will want them on the road.

Map out your vacation ahead of time so you do know how long it will take you to get from your hotel to the tourist areas and other things. Plan for cost-savings travel in order to really benefit your finances. Try to calculate the cost of gas and do what you can in order to spend less than this estimate. Walk! This is a great way to cut expenses and to actually enjoy yourself. Have a guide map so you don’t miss the tourist attraction spots and to make sure you are also finding the best way to save money as far as looking for buffets and other things for dinners.

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