Plan well in advance
Probably our biggest piece of advice, planning ahead is crucial if you’re looking to get the best travel deals.
- Keep in mind that planning too far ahead isn’t always a good thing though.
- Sweet spot is to book around 4-6 months before your travel window.
- Always good to do your research on many travel sites.
- Set up online trackers just by entering your e-mail address to track the cost of flights and hotels to ensure you’re getting the best price.
Decide what’s most important
When you’re traveling on a budget, it’s not realistic to think you can stay in a 5-star hotel, do all the activities you’ve been dreaming of, and eat at nice restaurants every night. The key to traveling well on a budget is;
- Deciding what’s most important for you to get out of your trip.
- If you’re not going to be spending much time in your hotel because you want to sightsee, stay in a cheaper hotel and spend more of your budget on the activities.
- If you’re a total foodie, skip the sightseeing tours and splurge on a few nice dinners instead!
If you don’t have to take your vacation during a specific time frame, being flexible can get you much better travel deals.
- Traveling during the Summer is typically much more costly than traveling during the Fall because demand is so much higher (school is out, and more families with school-age children are traveling then).
- So if you’ve had your mind set on traveling some place tropical but didn’t think you could afford it, try booking during off-peak times instead – you’re much more likely to find better deals then.
Do your research
When it comes to traveling, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you actually commit to a destination.
- That means you probably shouldn’t buy a flight just because it was on sale, and assume everything else will fall into place.
- If you’re traveling somewhere on a budget, read up on the costs of hotels, food, and transportation to make sure it aligns with what you’re looking to spend.
- A good example is a destination like Hawaii – traveling to Maui may be out of your budget, but another island on Hawaii like Kauai or Oahu may be a little more do-able.
Use a travel agency
If you’re looking to get the biggest bang for your buck, we suggest working with a travel agency.
- Many travel agencies charge a very nominal fee (if any) for their services – this is because they actually make their money from the hotels and airlines when they sell their services.
- If you’re working within a specific budget, a travel agent can also recommend destinations and itineraries based on what you’re looking to spend.
- Plus, travel agents can usually throw in extras like a free room upgrade or champagne upon arrival – hey, we won’t say no to that!
Do you have any tips for traveling well on a budget? If you do, we’d love to hear them!