Easy Ways to Save Money When You Travel

May 21, 2015

save money travel tips

We all know that feeling: You finally got the money together to travel to your dream destination. Arriving there, you realize that you spend much more money than you intended to. It is frustrating to see all your savings go, but there are ways to minimize these spendings. It is often the little things that add up being a big part of the cost. There are many ways to bring your traveling costs down, without minimizing comfort or decreasing your travel experience. Here are my ultimate tips on how to save money when you travel:

save money travel tips

Accommodation

  • Your accommodation is usually the biggest expensive (next to your flight ticket). Depending on your choice of destination the hotel prices can be quiet high. The first thing that I always do is comparing hotels on websites like Trivago. This way you can take advantage of discount sales and special deals that hotels may have.
  • Have you ever heard of Airbnb? If not, than keep on reading! Airbnb is your home away from home. You can book all kinds of awesome apartments (even tree houses!) all over the world. And the best thing: it is usually much cheaper than a local hotel!

save money travel tips
Attractions

  • Sightseeing is a major activity when exploring a new part of the world. Don’t go ahead and visit every single sightseeing spot that your tourist guide suggests you. Instead, check if these sites are worth a visit. They might be overpriced and overrated. A great resource for that is Trip Advisor. This will save money and also time.
  • If you are eager to explore a place with a guide, look if free walking tours are being offered. You will only pay as much as you like and have the same experience. It’s a win-win situation!

save money travel tips
Transportation

  • How do you get from the airport to your hotel? By taxi? A cheaper alternative is taking a bus shuttle to your hotel or maybe even public transportation to the center of the city. Inform yourself before and will not only save money but time as well.
  • You have a lot of opportunities to save money on transportation while exploring your destination. Instead of taking an overpriced taxi (let’s be honest, travelers pay often too much), you can rent a bike, walk or take advantage of the public transportation system. This way you may discover hidden gems!

save money travel tips
Food

  • It is no secret that restauarants in touristy areas are more expensive than elsewhere. Try to get suggestions by locals on where to eat. It will not only be cheaper, but you also might find the best gelato in Rome!
  • When you book your hotel room, you often get the option to book the breakfast buffet in addition. Ask yourself, is it really worth the extra money? Or is a better option to have breakfast in the café on the next corner?
  • If you’re accommodation has a fridge, you should use it to your advantage. Go to the next grocery market and cover yourself in breakfast foods and snacks.
  • When it comes to eating out balance is key, if you want to save money. By that I mean, that you could have inexpensive breakfast and lunch and rather spend the money on a nice dinner.

I hope these tips will help! Do you have any tips on how to save money while traveling?

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