Travel is often great, but it quickly becomes expensive.
Fortunately, there are some tips that work to save money on your next trip.
With a little planning, you can easily cut unnecessary expenses and enjoy a much cheaper trip.
Here are 12 tips to save money on your next trip:
1. Book the hotel and car as soon as possible
The later the date of travel, the cheaper it is. And since cancellation in hotels and car rental companies is often free until the day of booking, it is better not to deprive yourself!
2. Book your plane ticket as soon as possible
The earlier you book, the cheaper! Book your tickets as soon as you know your availability because the longer you wait, the more it increases. Find out here when is the best time to buy your plane ticket.
3. Make sure checked-in baggage is free
What is the point of paying for a cheap flight, if you have to pay € 50 more to put your luggage in the hold? Before purchasing your ticket, double check what’s included to avoid unpleasant surprises at the airport.
4. Choose a small airport near your destination
You can save money by choosing smaller regional airports that are close to your destination. Car rental is also often much cheaper. This rule is true in France but also in many countries in Europe and in the United States. Remember to check the “nearby airports” box when using a flight comparator.
5. Bring your own food for the flight
Prepare a bag with sandwiches and fruits like apples or bananas. It is much cheaper for you than buying food on the plane. And it’s healthier than the meal served by the company.
6. Ask for free water on the plane
As we can no longer go through security with bottled water, it costs more on the plane. The trick is to ask for a free glass of water on the plane. Be aware that they cannot refuse it especially if you ask nicely to the flight attendants. There you go, no more buying expensive drinks on the plane.
7. Buy tickets for museums and attractions in advance
It will be cheaper than there and you will avoid long queues. If you take the train, be aware that the Eurail Pass for Europe is at a reduced price on their website if you plan in advance.
8. Once there, walk as much as possible and take public transport
In most countries, taxis are not cheap. You’ll save a lot of money by taking the bus and metro instead. Walking from point A to point B is also a good way to explore the city in peace without spending a penny.
9. Choose hotels that include breakfast
Even if this slightly increases the price of the room, it is often cheaper than having breakfast in a local restaurant. It is best to find out beforehand to compare the prices of breakfast at the hotel and in a local restaurant.
10. Buy food from the supermarket rather than ordering it from room service
Pack cutlery in your suitcase, and use them to make yourself a simple meal in your hotel room. For example, you can buy ready-made salads at the supermarket, or buy bread and make sandwiches with ham and cheese. If you have a mini-fridge in your room, buy cereal and milk to make yourself a breakfast. Ask for bowls at the hotel reception 😉
11. Eat a hearty lunch
Make breakfast your main meal. Why ? Because lunch prices are often much cheaper than dinner prices. And if you are traveling alone, you don’t have to eat 3 meals a day. Cereal bars can help you last longer without having to stop at a restaurant 3 times a day.
12. If you are renting a car, decline insurance if you already have one with your credit card.
Before you go, call your bank to find out what is covered by their credit card insurance in renting a car. If you have a Gold card or an American Express, you surely have insurance already included. Considering the price of insurance, it’s always a win.
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5 Essential Tips For Cheap Travel In All Seasons.
The 6 Essential Flight Comparators To Find The Best Price.