Traveling in the Fall is one of the best ways to save money on travel, but there are still ways to save even more while traveling when the peak times are over and the weather starts to cool down. Here are great tips to saving money on everything from airfare to food, hotels to transportation, and everything in between.
Plan in advance as much as possible and book on Tuesdays after 3 p.m., when airfares go on sale. Visit discount websites to see if there are better deals available on flights, and try to buy round trip as opposed to one-way. These tend to be significantly cheaper. Travel light so as to avoid those notoriously high luggage fees, and any toiletries you need can be purchased when you get to your destination.
Just like everything else, plan ahead! Plan your meals and how much you will spend on each before you even go on vacation. This is great for your wallet and waistline. Cook when you can and shop at grocery stores instead of convenient stores for snacks and other food items. Convenient stores almost double their prices for food and drinks. Eat bigger lunches and smaller dinners. Lunches are cheaper!
Use public transportation when available. The cost of a bus pass or subway card can be cheaper than renting a car, plus you have less chance of getting into a wreck or getting lost. Travel at night, when you can, as this is cheaper than daytime travel.
Instead of staying in a large town, go one town over to a smaller town and save on hotel fees. You can also choose a lower ranked hotel, if having an upscale room isn’t that important to you. If you will be spending most of your time away from your room, a decent hotel can be obtained without having to spend too much to get the latest and greatest amenities.
Yes, you can even save money on shopping! Shop on tax free and discounted weekends and days, and even ask locals in restaurants and other places you stop where the best places to shop are and who has the best prices around.
- Walk when you can! This saves a lot of money on transportation.
- Don’t go to typical tourist places. They may not be the best and you can probably get a better vacation from local places, not tourist traps.
- Try the local beer, coffee or food. You will get to try something new and it won’t be as expensive as chain places- or as crowded!
- Even if you aren’t a frequent traveler, you can still use reward programs. Look into some that can save you major cash.