Everyone wants to travel, but there is one big question that makes people hesitate: How much is this going to cost?
Whether you’re trying to plan a vacation on a budget or travelling for business, here are some great tips to keep your trip from breaking the bank.
Getting to your destination:
-Use sites such as airfarewatchdog.com to send you fare alerts. This allows you to buy tickets when prices are low. On that note, don’t wait forever for the perfect price- if you see a good deal, go for it!
-Try to go during the off season if possible, or be flexible within the region that you’re wanting to stay in.
-Be as flexible as you can with dates
Where to stay:
-Check out the many discount sites, such as Groupon, that offer travel deals daily. However, make sure you read the fine print before purchasing!
-Try to find something outside of the city center.
-Pay attention to the value you are getting in terms of amenities, meals, etc.
-Check out sites like Tingo.com, which promise that if hotel rates lower before you arrive, you receive the new rates.
-Use sites like homeaway.com or vrbo.com to rent a home- this saves you money by getting rid of the middleman and doing business straight with the owner.
-Pack lunches from the grocery store to eat outside, or cook if you have a kitchen.
-If you want to go out for a high-end meal, go for lunch instead of dinner. You’ll save money but have the same restaurant experience!
What to do:
-Avoid cabs, and walk whenever possible.
-Try to find local transit passes for the week or the month
-Shop around online or find promo codes for car rentals
-Check out package tours, they can save you money on every part of the trip!
For more information check out: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-money-20120902,0,2853395.story. Bon voyage!