Travel Tips: How to Spend Less and Save More During Travel

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Published on May 27th, 2015 | by Joan Makai

There is nothing more fun than going on a vacation and not think about money at all. You can book that room facing the beach; get all the Margaritas you like and have so much more for that beaded necklace you’ve been drooling at since you arrived.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case for most of us mortals on this earth. We’re almost always on a set budget and, if we go over that and splurge on things that are way beyond our means, there’s a possibility we won’t be able to go home anymore.

But don’t worry. We’ve got some of the best travel tips below on how you can curb that vacation overspending.

Do Your Research

Everything is online now so spending a few hours checking out discounts and cheap places to visit would be a great start. Find great places nearby so you won’t need to travel too far. That way you can save a bit on the tickets. You could easily customize your travel plans and ascertain that everything is within budget this way, too.

When Traveling

Aside from finding discounted airfare, try connecting flights since this will save you loads on cash. Pack light and avoid bringing unnecessary stuff because airlines will charge you for all those extras.

Other Forms of Transportation

Would it be better if you rented a private car or used the public transportation? One is sometimes better than the other depending on the place you’re visiting. At times, walking is the best option, especially if you want to experience more of the local culture. This could save plenty of cash and you’ll get to enjoy the local sceneries more.


Hotels have always been more expensive whether you’re in Paris, France or in the beach paradise of Boracay, Philippines. Go for small inns or bed and breakfasts. It’s an even better idea to rent an apartment if you’re staying longer because it is cheaper.

When Eating

Plan your meals. If you can, cook most of the time. This way, you get to save a bit and and have spare money to treat yourself to that great restaurant everyone’s raving about before you head home. And one great tip: eat a hefty lunch. Dinner, anywhere you go, would be more expensive than other meals of the day.

Tours, Activities, Shopping, etc.

The best tip which we could give you here would be to befriend and ask a local. They would always know where the best and cheapest places are.

Use Your Credit Card

This is one of those very few times when we do advocate the use of your credit card. And this is because you have to take advantage of those reward points. As always, please take care and stick to your budget as much as possible so that you wouldn’t have any problems paying those off after your holiday.

Traveling could be expensive yes, but with the right mid set and a whole lot of practice when it comes to budgeting you’ll have a lot of fun going to places you’ve always wanted to visit without going home broke.

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