Traveling has become a huge part of the lifestyle of many Millennials and Gen Z, and with travel restrictions letting up, many people are ready to see the world again. Unfortunately, many people were unable to work during the pandemic, and traveling may seem too expensive at the moment. Luckily, traveling doesn’t have to be as expensive as one might think.
Here are three tips to save money when planning your trip and also during your vacation:
#1: Skip the Souvenirs, Take Photos Instead
Twenty years ago, the norm was to bring back a small souvenir from your vacation. Pictures would also be taken, but you’d have to wait until you got back home to have them developed. Now, with camera and video capabilities on our phones, we literally have the memories of our trips in the palm of our hands.
Instead of buying souvenirs from shops in memory of your vacation, take pictures of the landscape, buildings, and landmarks as memorabilia.
#2: Take Your Trip Out-of-Season
The busiest travel seasons are usually spring break (which can be at any time during March and April), the summer months, and major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. This is usually when plane ticket prices are the most expensive. In 2019, the cheapest months to fly were January, February, and September, while Tuesday was found to be the cheapest day to fly.
Hotel prices tend to be cheaper when booking out-of-season as well. If you’re traveling to a destination that attracts many tourists during certain times of the year, you’re likely to find a better deal booking your trip during a time when there are not as many tourists.
Booking a hotel in the U.S. during the week of your trip is likely to save you 21%, though you run the risk of not finding a suitable place to stay.
#3: Use Smart Transportation
Different types of trips call for different modes of transportation— even if you’re flying to your destination. Whether you’re using your own car, driving a rental, or even relying on the public transportation system of your destination, there are pros and cons to consider.
If your trip is more of a road trip, then renting your car may be a better option as opposed to driving your own car. A car rental means less wear and tear on your car, and you still have the freedom to come and go as you please. However, renting a car can be expensive, and you’d still have to spend money on gas for the car. Some tourist areas may even require a parking fee, adding more to the cost of your vacation.
Charter Bus Rental
This may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about transportation on your vacation, with a small group, but for big groups, charter buses are actually very convenient when trying to navigate an unfamiliar city. You still have the freedom to come and go as you need, but you don’t have to worry about parking or gas, and it’s just overall much safer.
Obviously, a charter bus will be more expensive than renting a car if you are traveling with a small group of people of five or less, but for larger groups, chartering a bus is going to be the best option, especially since you can split the cost among group members.
Luckily, your large group doesn’t even have to be fifty of your closest friends. For example, a spacious Philadelphia Bus Rental gives you the option of renting a bus that seats up to fourteen people comfortably— and is less expensive than a larger bus.
Walking and Public Transportation
Depending on where you’re going, you may have the option to walk or use the public transportation system. Many attractions are sometimes within walking distance in certain places, and European countries typically have efficient public transit systems.
The amount of money you spend on your vacation really depends on where you’re going. Take these tips into consideration when planning your trip. You can even look for ways to earn money on your trip, such as renting out your place while you’re away and using credit cards that offer cash-back bonuses on your purchases.
Either way, you want to get the most out of your money, while also getting the most out of your vacation.
*Photos by Pavel Danilyuk