3 Tips for Saving Money on Travel

Sunday, July 1, 2012

3 Tips for Saving Money on Travel

 As any world traveler may already know, traveling- if done incorrectly- can be very expensive. Due to the fact that travelers, typically are not very familiar with the area they are in, they do not know where to go for cheap supplies, and if travelers does not plan ahead of time, they can find themselves in quite the financial pickle. It takes a good deal of planning in order to successfully navigate through travels in a financially responsible way. 

 It is pretty easy to get out of control when it comes to being on the road and having money to burn. While it may be pretty fun to spend cash and live a freewheeling lifestyle while traveling to exotic locations, the last thing you want to do is find yourself in a foreign area with little to no money to your name. That is definitely a predicament you do not want to be in, so it is best to travel as frugal as need be, in order to ensure that you always have safety net of money to fall back on in case of an emergency, because you never know what can happen.

 Money saving tip #1 - Always compare costs

This is the first money saving tip you should ever do before traveling- especially if you plan on flying and booking hotels before heading out on the road. It is best to always compare costs for flights between different companies, as well as to compare hotel or motel costs in certain areas, because this is the best way to save some money and get the best deal possible. For most people, the flights and hotels are the most expensive part of any travel plans, and thus, this is the area where lots of money can be saved. Do not settle for the first available flight or room, unless absolutely necessary, because odds are there is a better deal out there somewhere- you just need to look for it.

 Money saving tip #2 - Look for free activities

The best thing about never having gone to a certain destination is the fact that you will not be bored with it. There are tons of free things a person can experience while traveling, such as going to the best park in the area, or seeing what days the local museum has their free days (as most museums at least have one free day a month, if not one a week.) Even people watching can be a fun, free activity in a foreign land. Since everything is new, free activities are a great way to save some cash while traveling.

 Money saving tip #3 - Dining on a budget

One of the most pleasurable things about traveling is getting to eat new foods. If you want to treat yourself, then do so, but do not do it for every meal.

About the Author:

Rob is a freelance writer for travel sites, including santaclarita.com.

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