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Tips on traveling cheap!
Tips on traveling cheap!
Whether it’s a vacation or a business trip, no one wants to overspend on travel.

It’s so easy to you; you have a lot of things to consider and often don’t have a lot of time to put together cheap travel plans.

Luckily, there are some simple steps that you can follow to put your budget travel dreams into motion.

  • Take the time to do your research, and be flexible. Saving money may mean moving the dates of your trip, dealing with layovers or early departure times, or buying a vacation package that uses a different hotel than you originally intended. Consider each option carefully and decide if the cost savings is worth the compromise.
  • If you’re driving, take the time to make your car as fuel-friendly as possible. Simply adding air to the tires can improve your gas mileage and save you money.
  • If you’re going to fly, consider booking airline tickets right after midnight, when unbooked reservations are released. You can also follow the tips for booking cheap airline tickets found here.
  • Reconsider your destination. Instead of going for larger cities with higher airline ticket costs and more expensive lodging, look for a nearby medium-sized city. You can take a day trip or two into your original destination to see the major sites, but you’ll ultimately pay less.
  • Leave a little wiggle room in your schedule. If you plan to travel for a week, take a few extra days off of work. This allows you to wait for last minute discount vacation packages or cruise deals, so you’ll spend a lot less than you would if you booked it well in advance. However, you won’t know your exact schedule until the last minute, so you’ll need the extra time just in case. You can also volunteer to be bumped from an overbooked flight and save money on airfare.
  • Carefully consider what’s important to you. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your hotel room, then it makes sense to spend a little more for a nicer place to stay. If you plan on being out on the town or working during most of your stay, then why spend the big bucks just to sleep there? Minimize your expenses on the less important items. Sure, you’d like to park in the garage next to the airport, but if you walk from the lot, you’ll be able to afford a nice dinner out.
  • When traveling internationally, planning ahead is the key to saving money. Research your currency exchange options. While exchanging your cash in the airport might be convenient, you’ll pay more in fees. Travelers’ checks are becoming more and more expensive. You’ll usually pay fees to purchase and to redeem them. Debit cards are handy and can save you money, but you’ll generally need to make a minimum purchase, so you’ll still need some cash. And don’t forget that in many countries, money exchange facilities are closed on the weekends. A little advance research can help you to decide the best approach for the country you’re visiting.

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