Have you ever wondered how some of your friends manage to travel several times a year despite having an average paying job? Maybe it’s time you ask how they do it. A lot of people find ways to make traveling cheaper, from booking cheap flights to cheap accommodation. We happen to know a few hacks that will lower the costs and make it possible for you to travel more.
Pick an airline and stick to it
Do you have a favorite airline? If not, it might be time to find one. There are many budget airlines that cover many popular destinations. When you have found one that you like, try your best to always fly with that particular airline and collect points. You can then use these points to either reduce the price of your next ticket or save the points until they are enough to get you a ticket for free.
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Check the calendar
Unless you have specific dates you have to travel on, check the prices for the whole month. You might find that traveling on the day before your planned date will make the ticket 20% cheaper. You might also see that traveling in the early morning or the late night will save you even more. If time is not a big deal, why not save those extra dollars?
Book the flight long in advance
The earlier you book your ticket, the cheaper it will get. A ticket can be 50 dollars four weeks in advance and 200 dollars the week before the flight. As soon as you are sure where and when you will travel, book the ticket. It can save you hundreds of dollars.
How much luxury do you need?
When you’re booking your hotels, ask yourself; how much luxury do I need? Think about what’s necessary. Do you have to be right in the city center? Does the room have to be big and beautiful? If you are happy with a simple and small place, you don’t have to pay for features you don’t need.
More privacy with Airbnb
Airbnb is a great option to staying at a hotel. If you rent an Airbnb, you often have a kitchen to cook in if you don’t want to eat out at restaurants every day. The fee per night is usually lower than the hotels. If you book the place per week, the owner can even offer you a weekly discount.
Hang out with locals through Couchsurfing
If you are traveling alone and you’re not too picky, Couchsurfing is a great way to save money on accommodation and a perfect way to get an insight into the culture. You will most likely stay with a local who can show you around and give you all the juicy info.
Free events and activities
Before you travel, do some research and find free activities. You can usually find a lot of free events and activities for less than 5 dollars. If you’re lucky, there might be free food and drinks at the event as well.
Cheapest choice of transport
While researching events, look up the best choice of transportation in the city. Is the city small enough to bike around or is a tourist pass for public transport necessary? Be prepared and don’t let anybody sell you a pass that covers more than you need.
Keep these tips in mind next time you travel. Do your research, ask your circle of friends what their tricks are and save hundreds of dollars on your next trip.