So you’ve decided you want to travel! You may have been daydreaming of using those vacation hours that have been building up at work. Or maybe you’re wanting to take a break from the pressures that come with every day life. You could be an avid traveler with many destinations under your belt. No matter your reason – you’ve decided you’re finally going to book that trip and go! Now what?
Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a wanderlust fanatic, here are five tips intended to help you save costs on your next big travel adventure, while not saving on the fun:
Book Your Flight Wisely
The old adage, “there’s a time and place for everything,” applies even to travel! There are specific days, times, routes and even airlines that make booking for your adventure more cost efficient. The best day to book a U.S. flight is Tuesday, even better if you can snag your seat around 3 p.m. eastern time. You want to ensure you do your homework when researching routes and airlines as you’ll find that there can be substantial cost differences based on these. Going on a group trip? Book one ticket at a time and you’ll end up saving money!
Don’t Forget Your Backpack
When you’re traveling to a new place, you’ll be surprised at all the things you may need to keep on you at a time. A purse or back pocket isn’t enough sometimes! Depending upon the season, you may need to bring with you some sunscreen, an umbrella, even an extra pair of gloves or socks. Even in this day and age of cellphones with GPS applications, don’t be afraid to use a map and know how to read it. Speaking of phones, don’t forget your charging cord or an extra battery to ensure you don’t run out of juice! A frequent flyer may also advise you to pack all your “essentials” into your backpack during your flight as you never know if luggage could be lost in transit, and you don’t want to arrive at your destination not having the items you deem necessary to your travel survival.
Be Sure to Cover Yourself
To the novice traveler, this may not be something you’ve heard of, or even thought about, but never leave home without getting travel insurance. You could get injured while on your great adventure, and what you don’t want to happen is for your vacation to turn into thousands of dollars of debt.
Money, Money, Money
We don’t want to burst your bubble but let us be the first to tell you that the perfect, no problems, zero-issue travel trip you’re envisioning in your head isn’t going to happen. It’s better to expect for things to go wrong and prepare for it! That way, when you run into a problem, you’re able to work through it with little frustration on your end. If you utilize the above tips, you’re setting yourself up to have a very successful, enjoyable traveling adventure!
Expect the Unexpected
Thankfully, banks and creditors have extensive fraud departments dedicated to protecting your money. With that comes the occasional block on your card when you travel somewhere new as this causes a red flag to the system. Because of this, it’s wise to bring a few different debit and credit cards with you so you’re never left without. Even better – have an emergency stash of cash! How much you should have on hand depends on how long you’re traveling for and what you’re comfortable with. Pro Tip: if you’re worried about losing money or having it stolen, put it in your shoe! I would make a false bottom and velcro it underneath so that even in sticky situations, I could save big time!
Now that you’re prepared to go on your next trip – where do you want to travel to first?