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How To Save Money While Traveling

It is the aim of every traveler to know how to save money so that they can travel more.

The following list contains some tips on how to ensure that you have saved money for your next trip:

1. Use Flight Comparison Sites

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There are several flight comparison sites that will take off the work of going through to each of the airline websites. Also, you can easily find deals with these sites.

They allow you to book flights, hotels, and car hire, and very often they give extra discounts if you combine them.

To add on that, direct flights are typically much more expensive than flights with stopover or connection. Thus, the extra hours of travel time could equal to some savings on your ticket price.

2. Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute

Whether it’s doing the holiday shopping or preparing for a vacation, we hold it off until the very last minute. Unfortunately, this could run you into problems.

It’s true that sometimes to get great last-minute travel deals but in general, you can save more money by booking in advance.

3. Travel Lightly To Save Money to Travel

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Every traveler aspires to pack light. Personally, I have not been successful. I can’t help but bring everything. Packing light has been a learning curve.

Travelers have different approaches from downsizing the luggage and forcing themselves to carry less. You can focus on clothing or toiletries. Just keep it in your mind that you can save on your travel cost by just bringing less.

4. Travel in the Off-Season is Key To Save Money to Travel

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Traveling offseason is one of the top three tips for saving money while traveling.

This is because you can have the best experience in all attractions without the crowds. Moreso, you don’t have to queue to get to buy tickets or to get into a museum.

5. Eat Like a Local

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Try to eat in restaurants that are far from tourist attractions and check out the places where the locals eat. The reason being that you will be able to escape the traps that are normally set for tourists.

6. Use Public Transportation


Most cities around the world offer great public transportation options. Whether it’s the trains, buses, trams or metros, there is often plenty of money to be saved by making use of these facilities rather than using a rental car or taxis.

These cities also offer discounts on public transportation if you purchase a travel pass. Certainly, you will potentially be able to save a lot of money.

You can combine public transport with walking. The biggest advantage of walking as much as it is good for, for your body and mind. And the traveler is able to absorb more of the local culture.

7. Research Helps to Save Money to Travel

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Spending some time to research, your effort will be rewarded in that you will have a trip that is stress-free. The following are some of the areas you need to research to save some money to travel:

  • Compare prices because sometimes it’s cheaper to book direct with the hotel. Also, the majority of these hotels offers transport from and to the airports
  • If the hotel is accessible by means of public transport
  • Consider if the passes are worth it because some exclude the top attractions