Traveling doesn't have to mean spending a fortune. Here are tips on how to plan your trip and get the most from your travels while minimizing cost.
1.BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR TRAVEL DATES
Airline tickets prices vary depending on the day of the week. It's always cheaper to fly on a weekday than on a weekend or around major holidays. Try several dates to see which yield the best schedule and price. Sometimes adjusting by a day or two can save you hundreds of dollars.
2.CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES AIRPORTS
Whenever possible, consider the choice of airports. A lot of airfare search engines have options to search for nearby airports. Take advantage!
3.BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR DESTINATIONS
Airlines search engines like Skyscanner, Kayak, Google Flights, Momondo and many others have an excellent tool that allows you to search for "any destination" deal from your home airport. For example, if you've been planning a trip to Italy but found a really good deal to Greece, it's worth considering putting off Italy and heading to the Land of Gods. Or perhaps take advantage of the Greece deal and find cheap airfare from Greece to Italy.
Carry as little luggage as possible. That will allow you to take advantage of low cost, no-frills airlines. They offer great fares but charge extra fees for the luggage (sometimes it equals the price of your ticket!). Also, you don't have to waste your time waiting for your luggage to arrive at the airport. Plus, if you are taking a trip to multiple countries, traveling light is a must to have a pleasant and hassle-free vacation.
5.PRE-BOOK AIRPORT PARKING
If you plan to leave your car at the airport for the duration of your trip, be sure to find cheap rates in advance. We usually find great deals on Groupon.
6.COMPARE DIFFERENT SEARCH ENGINES
When looking for the best deal, keep in mind that different travel search websites offer different prices. Compare at least 3-4 search websites to ensure you get the best possible deal.
7.MONITOR THE PRICE CHANGE
If you still have plenty of time before your upcoming trip, start monitoring the airfare price for your selected destination. You can do it manually or subscribe to one of the websites which have automated fare comparison and alert systems.
8.TAKE ADVANTAGE OF STOPOVERS
Don't be afraid of long connections. Tickets with long connections are usually cheaper than direct flights. Plus, it's a great opportunity to visit other destinations for free. Some airlines offer free accommodations in case you have long connections, or you can take advantage of free city tours offered by the airports below:
Singapore (Singapore Changi Airport)
Seoul, Korea ( Incheon Internationall Airport)
Taipei, Taiwan (Taoyuan International Airport)Tokyo
Japan (Tokyo Narita Airport)
Istanbul, Turkey (Ataturk International Airport)
Doha, Qatar (Doha International Airport)
9. THE MORE, THE MERRIER
Traveling with someone or with a group of friends can be a lot cheaper since you can share the cost of transportation and accommodation. You can rent a house or hire a private boat for your private tour, and you don't have to worry about feeling lonely. Also, if you are in charge of planning the trip for everyone, and your friends don't mind paying cash, you can put all the expenses on your travel credit card and earn extra miles.
10. LOOK FOR TICKETS IN OTHER CURRENCIES
You can save a good amount of money if you purchase airline tickets or accommodations in foreign currency. Search travel websites of the countries where the currency is currently weaker compared to U.S. dollar. Note: Some credit cards may apply foreign transaction fees to purchases made in foreign currency. Be sure to use a credit card that waives foreign transaction fees.
11. USE TRAVEL PROMO AND DISCOUNT COUPONS
A lot of travel websites offer various discount codes. You can find them simply through Google.
12. VISIT MULTIPLE DESTINATIONS IN ONE TRIP
All experienced travelers know that it's a lot cheaper to fly to multiple destinations in one trip especially if you travel far away. Let's say you already spent 20 hours flying from NYC to Bangkok. Why not add a 57-minute flight from Bangkok to Siem Riep, Cambodia and go there for a day or two for only $50 extra? You can find budget flights between European cities for less than $20, so you can experience the contrast and diversity of different cultures all in one trip. Be creative when planning a trip - add extra destinations and experiment!
13. ALWAYS KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Having a positive outlook is crucial when you travel. Some people complain just to complain. They complain when their flight is delayed, they complain about hotels, they complain about how dirty the city is. Letting things happen instead of having certain expectations is the key to a successful trip . We travel to experience something new and different. We travel to break stereotypes and see the world for what it is. Drop your expectations and set yourself free!