Six tips to save money on travel

Taking a vacation and getting away from the daily grind is so important. Sadly, for many people, taking a holiday seems like an expensive luxury. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Here are several ways you can save money on a holiday.

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1. Take the time to do your research.

One way to save hundreds of dollars is to just take the time you need to find the best deals on hotels, airfare, and excursions. There may also be coupons, discounts, and deals that you stumble upon. You may find big discounts on apps like Groupon. I know you’re going to be excited when planning your vacation, but don’t rush through it. Take the time you need to make sure you find the best prices.

2. Research airline fees and avoid them.

If your airline charges a ton for checked bags, just pack a carry-on bag. This is going to be easier if you’re packing in an efficient way. Airlines may have many other fees so do your research and find out which fees you can avoid. If they charge for on-flight entertainment, for example, bring a book.

3. Instead of flying, drive.

If your destination is close enough, you can avoid the airport altogether and drive your car. You also may want to take a bus. On a bus, you can take a nap, listen to a little bit of an audiobook, and then you’re there! If you’re driving, you can browse the radio or listen to your favorite podcasts.

4. Avoid peak travel times.

You can save a ton of money if you go to a summer destination in September or October. A magical snow-capped mountain may be a more popular destination in December than in April. Whatever destination you are planning to visit, there are going to be peak travel times, and you can save a lot of money if you avoid them and travel in the off season. It also won’t be as crowded, which is a plus.

5. Don’t go far.

It doesn’t have to be some distant location or an extended vacation to be a rewarding holiday. Stay in the day trip radius from your house, and you’ll still be able to get away, but you’ll also be able to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day. You can also try exploring the historical sights in your city.

6. Get a credit card that offers travel rewards.

In many cases, you can get a credit card that will offer you rewards and points on hotel stays and airfare that you can then redeem on future flights and stays. The majority of these credit cards do want you to have good credit, though. If you’re not sure what your credit score is, use a service like Credit Sesame to request credit report online

You don’t have to have a ton of money to go on a holiday. All you have to do is some extra research and planning to save dollars on your next vacation.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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