Take advantage of travel-related credit cards. Since you’ll be using a credit card, better sign up for airline credit cards, especially if you’re a frequent traveler. You can easily earn back points on your travels or purchases, especially if you add multiple users. Who knows, the next time you travel is with a free round-trip ticket earned from these rewards.
Travel off-season. It’s actually a no-brainer. Peak seasons are expensive, so you should travel before or after them. There’s no really difference when you’re traveling off-peak, as you are bound to see the same place right? Not only are the prices cheaper, you will love the fact that there’s less crowd so you can appreciate the scenery even better.
Be flexible. Just by making a few tweaks on your plans can save you a whole lot. Instead of flying direct, fly with stops. Consider traveling on weekdays instead of weekends. You can further appreciate the amount of savings when you’re traveling with the whole family. Wouldn’t it be nice to have extra pocket money from these savings?
Watch out for online deals. There are those sites which announce when airlines have sales, so you can get discounted ticket prices. There may also be last-minute bookings which are heavily discounted in order to fill vacancies. On the other hand, there may also be huge savings when you book about a year early.
Be smart in choosing your accommodation. Why stay in a five-star hotel, when you can get quality service from a one-star hotel? You can get nice, air-conditioned rooms without spending much. Besides, you will be traveling to explore the place, not the hotels. You may also want to consider staying in bed and breakfasts or apartments, and keep in mind that you won’t be spending much of your time in your room. However, if you’re a bit picky and you really want to stay in a hotel, what you can do is to watch out for hotel deals from travel sites.
Also remember to choose an accommodation wherein there’s easy access to the places you’re planning to visit, so you can also save up on transportation costs.
Do your research. Doing an online research not only lets you discover places to be, but you can see great tips from other smart travelers. You can find reviews about good and affordable dining places, as well as fun activities to engage in.
In doing your research you should also be open-minded about other cheap destinations to visit. You may find out that a lesser-known country has beautiful tourist spots that you will enjoy, rather than visiting a popular destination that is more expensive.
Know the public transportation in the area. One smart way to trim your vacation expenses is to spend less on transportation. Know the nearest subway or bus stations around your area rather than taking a cab. You may also want to walk around, as walking can give you the best tour ever.