Even if you are strapped for cash due to rising costs of living or expensive college tuition for your kids, it is still possible to travel to different parts of the world and take a few extra vacations if you are smart in stretching those travel dollars to their maximum limit. Here are seven nifty little tips that a smart traveler uses to afford decent living and travel standards at affordable rates.
Register for every coupon and discount code you can find
Constantly watching out for the best discount deals for your preferred airlines and accommodations can save you quite a lot of cash because you can get excellent deals saving you as much as 50% especially during off-season when business is tight for airlines and hotels.
Avoid incidental payments
Without even knowing it travelers often end up paying for things they may not even want or need such as parking and Wi-Fi. Hotels push these expenses onto customers as a way of trying to milk as much money as possible but a smart traveler can steer clear of them by having a mindset of the devil is in the details and avoiding hotels with unnecessary hidden costs.
Timing is everything
It is far wiser to save up your vacation days by working during the holiday season when everyone else is out partying so that you can use them during the slow period when hotels and airlines are desperate for clients and are willing to lower their prices to attract customers. This cunning strategy may seem odd to most people but it can save you a tonne of money every year and allow you to enjoy the finer things in life during your travels.
Find the best credit card for you
In order to get the most out of your travel credit card make sure you choose one that exactly suits your travel needs. Depending on the length of your stay, location and traveling habits, a credit card can help you save money and organise your trip.
Stay in outer districts
City-center accommodations are far more expensive than those found in the outskirts of the city. A smart traveler will always find a place in the suburbs that is close to a major transportation system headed into the city such as a subway. This is because the cost of transport into the city is far lower than actually living there and having to pay exorbitant prices for a hotel as well as higher costs of incidentals.
Learn from the masters
Famous travel bloggers such as Johhny Ward spend two thirds of their lives on the road and have therefore become experts at navigating the world in the most cost effective ways possible. They often give free advice as long as you sign up to the emails or subscribe to their YouTube channels. Travel bloggers like Clark Howard are often the first to know about great offers and coupons being given away and so paying attention to them can save you quite a bit of cash.
Take advantage of unconventional opportunities
The world is constantly evolving and there are new opportunities to acquire ordinary things in extraordinary ways for example instead of staying at a hotel during a vacation you can use shared economy services like Airbnb, home-swapping and couch-surfing all of which provide opportunities to save immensely on accommodations. Transport sharing services such as Uber and Lyft as well as public transportation systems like the subway provide an opportunity to save on both time and money because it can be quite tedious navigating a new environment with a rental car. Apps like Metro mobile are designed to help new travelers in cities by providing accurate maps on various transportation systems available.
Use memberships to make savings
Memberships such as Sam’s club and AARP can help your travel agent get you exclusive savings and perks such as free luggage checking and free reward points that can be redeemed for cash as well as free travel and accommodations. The most important thing to remember is that you should never be afraid to ask for a good deal.