We’re on the brink of the official arrival of spring, and this year it seems like everyone is so very eager to love on the beautiful blooms and beaming sun. However, if you’re anything like us, it also brings on the wanderlust.
There’s definitely been people who have been (for lack of better words) amazed at how we’ve been able to keep traveling. I mean, with a mortgage, a kid, and a slew of other grown-up responsibilities, sometimes I’m even surprised we manage to do it. We’re not rich by any means, but we love filling our lives with experiences and because of that we really just find ways to make it work.
So, with that said, I thought I’d share some of our top tips for finding the best travel deals to satisfy the wanderlust at a manageable price. Here you go!
1. Avoid Peak Seasons
Peak seasons more often than not mean peak prices. Keep in mind that the peak months for every destination differ, so don’t assume it’s always going to be summer. Thankfully, it’s so easy to find out when the right time to go is these days. For example, if you’re planning to go to London, just head to Google and search “peak travel season London,” or “low travel season London” and plan around that. This can save you hundreds on flight and hotels.
2. Fly on Odd Days and Avoid Holidays
On our bigger vacations, we tend to fly out on odd days. It may require to use a few extra vacation days from work, but hey, that’s what they’re for right? For long weekend trips, sometimes we’ll fly out on a Thursday and then fly home on a Monday. For some airlines, Saturdays are really cheap. Basically, avoid Fridays and Sundays. Holidays are obvious because everyone is trying to take advantage of the extra day off that flight prices will spike.
3. Be Flexible with Location
If you don’t have your heart set on one location, you can use sites like theflightdeal.com or airfairwatchdog.com as they’ll share deals as they pop up. If you find a destination you like at the price you like, it was meant to be! The only catch is that they’ll provide the timeframe that you’ll need to book in order to get the pricing, so keep an open mind.
4. Airbnb it
Using sites like Airbnb (use this link to get $40 off!) and HomeAway have saved us hundreds and given us a more authentic travel experience so I can’t express it enough. You get to pick exactly where you want to be located during your trip too which has been so convenient for us. You can read more about the benefits we love about Airbnb here.
5. Eat What Locals Eat
Often times when people travel, they want to try some of the more expensive places because they want the experience of trying elite food in a new area. You don’t need to do this to appreciate the destination. In fact, eating where the locals eat will tell you more about the city than anything else and since it’s what everyone’s eating, it’s definitely more affordable. It’s a win-win. Another tip is to keep some meals simple as you’re on the go to save money and time (ie sandwiches and chips).
6. Charge It
We’ve worked hard to clear up all of our unnecessary debt, so now we really only use credit cards to collect points to redeem for travel. Just use it for your day-to-day purchases, then pay it off entirely at the end of the pay period. You get the points and pay no interest, so it’s basically like you’ve been swiping your debit card (just don’t get carried away!). You basically end up getting free money in the end when you redeem the points!
7. Pack Light
Dominic and I tend to share one big luggage while Tristan takes a medium-sized one instead of us using 3 luggages. If we’re going to a tropical destination, we could potentially just pack one large suitcase since clothes are lighter. The point? Saving some money on check-in luggage fees. If it’s a short trip, try to stick to carry-ons to forego check-in fees altogether!
8. Forget the Tour Guide
Booking a tour will always be more costly than touring the same destinations yourself. It’s fun to be able to look up facts and learn the areas on your own. Another plus is that you get as much time as you’d like to wander different places since tour buses run on a tight schedule leaving you only a certain amount of time per stop.
And that’s pretty much it! Happy travels!
Do you have any tips that help you travel cheaper?