Oftentimes, the journey is not the most enjoyable part of traveling — you want to get where you’re going so that you can enjoy yourself! With that in mind, it can be helpful to save as much money as possible while in transit, saving your cash for your destination. Here are some tips to help you minimise your spending, whether you’re traveling by plane, train or car.
When looking for plane tickets, don’t stop after checking the major online ticket search engines. They often don’t include every budget carrier, and you could be missing out on major savings. Instead, check airport schedules to see which budget carriers fly the route you want. Then go directly to those carriers’ websites to search for tickets. In some cases, you can find big savings over the major carriers! Just make sure you’re clear on extra costs like luggage fees and taxes.1
Rail passes are often thought of as an affordable way to get around, but that’s only partially true. Passes tend to be the cheapest way to guarantee flexibility, working best for those who might otherwise end up purchasing day-of tickets between destinations several times over a medium- to long-term trip. For those who will be using the train sparingly, it will almost always be cheaper to purchase one-off tickets between destinations. To save on those, make sure to buy as early as possible — 90 days out is ideal.2
If you don’t own a car but think driving might be the most convenient option, look in to car relocation services. Patronised by people who are moving, these services find individuals to drive vehicles one-way from one location to another. Similarly, rental companies may sometimes need to move large numbers of vehicles between seasonal destinations to accommodate demand.3
If you follow these tips, you should be able to get where you’re going while keeping your wallet as full as possible! Once you’ve reached your destination, you can kick back and relax with the extra cash you saved.
1 Dunn, N. (2009, May 18). How to travel cheap – travel full-time on less than $14,000 per year. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-travel-cheap/
2 Smith, M. (n.d.). European train tickets online. . . Retrieved April 21, 2015, from http://www.seat61.com/Europe-train-tickets.htm#.VTa0hK3BzGc
3 Gourgy, A. (2012, June 1). 15 Ways to Travel for Free (or at least cheap). Retrieved April 21, 2015, from http://www.vergemagazine.com/travel-intelligence/budget-travel/76-15-ways-to-travel-for-free-or-at-least-cheap.html