For many of us, traveling seems like something in the far off distance we likely will never be able to afford. But with the right mindset, you can save money while you travel and still enjoy yourself.
1) Cook your own food.
This means you will have to get a hotel room that with a microwave or kitchen area. Or, if you have the funds, contact an RV dealer for purchase options, so you can use one with a built in ktichen so you can cook most of your meals, instead of using room service or paying for meals at a restaurant. This especially a good idea if you have a large family.
2) Bring an ice chest to store pre-made food.
If you are going on a road trip, visit the grocery store before you hit the road. Buy snacks, and pre-make your meals before you go and store them in a cooler. It’s better to have food you know that will agree with you than food you would buy while on the road. This is also a great way to save money as well.
3) Check out free community events.
Visit the local newspaper website or even the local reddit site, and research local events beforehand made free to the public. Ask for tips from people who live in the area (especially easy on reddit) about free things to do or cheap and free ways to do tourist attractions.
4) Get a hotel close to the city or hub of activity.
While a hotel far away from the city center may be appealing cost-wise, it will cost you more in the long run thanks to gasoline costs and stress due to traffic. Better yet, if you stay somewhere closer in the city, you can easily walk or take the bus and public transporation.
5) Use Groupon.
Groupon has fantastic deals on local attractions. It’s a great way to save money and find out more things you can do where you are visiting.
6) Book early and plan.
You can find the best rates when you book and plan early. If you can possibly be flexible on your trip dates that can also save you money. In addition to that, plan some things you know you want to do and research deals for that activity.
7) Start a travel blog.
Do you travel a lot? Start writing about your experiences. As you become more seasoned and well known on your blog, reach out to hotels, restaurants and other activity locales to see if they would be interested in partnering with your blog.