Whether you’re are traveling on a budget, or just looking to get the most out of your travel budget; here are a few tips on how to save money while you roam. It doesn’t matter if you are jetting off to an international tourist destination or sticking closer to home with a road trip or cross-country flight; there are a lot of ways that savvy travelers can save money. Just think about it, the more you save the sooner you can plan your next trip! Before you go, check out these tips from online marketer and travel lover Johnson Nguyen, for saving money during your next trip:
Avoid Checked Bag Fees — When making flight reservations, be careful of the airline fees that can be added on for things like reserving a seat and bringing more than one, or an overweight bag. Some airlines offer cheap flights that allow travelers just one small carryon bag, with expensive extra baggage fees. To help, pick lodgings with available washer/dryers so you can pack less to take advantage of these discounted travel rates. Johnson Nguyen recommends wearing heavy items like coats and dress shoes on the plane to reduce your baggage weight and leave room for souvenirs when you pack.
Check out free activities — Admission to museums and other tourist spots can really add up. Instead, consider checking out free activities, from public parks to hiking spots; free concerts and cultural institutions; or self-guided walking tours throughout your trip to reduce these pricey fees. There is so much information available online now for travelers — including blogs on how to experience a city like a local. Find and save free walking tour maps like these to help you learn more about your travel destination, while saving on expensive tour fees.
Stay somewhere with a kitchenette — Room/apartment share and rental apps, like Airbnb offer inexpensive lodging options throughout the US and Canada, as well as internationally. One way to save extra money during your trip is to pick a hotel or rental with a kitchen, where you can store and make your own coffee, breakfast, snacks, meals, and even leftovers. Eating out is one of the major travel expenses, so skipping just one meal a day can make a huge difference to your overall budget. In addition, Johnson Nguyen believes that shopping at local markets and grocery stores can be a real treat, providing one-of-a kind local experiences! Don’t forget to look out for those food trucks too, which are always good for eating on a budget.
Pack a reusable water bottle — Splurging on bottled water and other snacks throughout the day can add up to a bundle, especially in tourist-friendly destinations. Carrying a water bottle you can fill up at public fountains not only saves money, it reduces your waste output! Or, if your hotel offers free bottled water, coffee, snacks, and fruit, grab and go before you leave for the day and bring a water bottle with you for later.
Check out city tourism cards and transit discounts — Many tourist destinations offer public transportation passes that will help you save money when bought in bulk or for multiple days or trips at a time. In addition, some tour guides offer discounts to major attractions as part of the trip; while official citywide tourist discount cards can help you skip the line at busy spots and provide discounts on top attractions. Utilizing public transit rather than taxis or Uber rides help you save a lot throughout your trip.
Get an International Credit Card — Another add-on fee that you might not budget for is international credit card purchase fees, which can really add up. To help, Johnson Nguyen suggests researching credit cards that are targeted towards travelers and don’t incur fees for international charges before you go. Also, make sure you understand your mobile phone’s data plan and chose the least expensive option that will allow you to stay in touch, utilize public Wi-Fi options, and reduce extra data charges. Wait to upload photos to social media until you can access your hotel or other free Wi-Fi to reduce your data use throughout the trip.
Through these tips, Johnson Nguyen hopes that you can save money on your travel expenses so that you can go out for that next trip even sooner.