Are you travelling by plane, train, or automobile this holiday season? Do so without breaking the bank with our 10 money-saving travel tips.
1. Conduct Research
The most expensive part of holiday travel is typically the airfare. However, once you have finalised your holiday plans, you might be surprised to find out that there are cheaper alternative methods of travel. Do some research and map out your journey to see if it makes sense to save money and drive, or take the bus or train.
2. Pack Light
The number one rule of airport travel is to avoid checking luggage at all costs. Not only does it cost extra in most cases, it can sometimes get lost in transit! So when packing, only take what you need and aim to carry it on. If you’re travelling by automobile, you’ll also want to pack light to avoid weighing down the car and blocking windows!
3. Bring Your Own Food
It’s no secret that airline food isn’t the most delicious — and road-trip fast food isn’t the most nutritious! So why spend money on this sort of food? On your next holiday-travel trip, pack snacks for you and your family to nibble on. It’ll save money and your waistband.
4. Smartphone Apps
During your holiday travel, take advantage of smartphone apps that help you save. Apps like Travel Guides, Cheap Eats and more can be accessed for little to no cost and can help you find affordable eats, attractions and lodging. So head to the app store before you embark on your travels and download some free and delicious resources.
5. Ship Presents
Airport security suggests you ship your wrapped presents or wait until you get to your destination to wrap them because they have to tear them apart at the airport. So don’t waste your time, money or wrapping paper — ship them instead!
6. Travel At Odd Times
If you book your flight as the first of the day, you have a better shot of departing on time. If you and your family have decided to drive, the best time to leave is when everyone else is busy sleeping— that means, early morning or late at night. Figure out what works best for you and your family. A little inconvenience can save you a lot!
7. Travel Allowance
To avoid the “Can I please have…?” questions during your travel, set an allowance for your children. This will help them to manage their money better and reduce the begging for everything in sight. Just make sure whatever amount you choose, you stick to!
8. Currency Exchange
If you’re travelling to a different country, be sure to check out the currency exchange rates before you arrive. Many exchange locations have awful rates, so doing proper research beforehand will save you quite a bit.
9. Vacation Home
Depending on where you’re going and how long you’re staying, it might be worth reserving a condo or home rather than paying for a hotel. Websites like AirBnB offer local apartments, condos and home for inexpensive rates. They are often more comfortable and a whole lot cheaper!
10. Ask the Locals
This holiday season, if you’re travelling to a foreign land that you don’t know much about, ask the locals about the best restaurants, sights and more. Because they know the lay of the land, they will likely send you to reasonably priced establishments and hidden gems!