Going for a vacation may be such an expensive affair especially if one is on a tight budget. There are so many costs associated with going on a vacation. If one can find a way to save on some of the costs, they will have a good vacation at a very low cost. Here are some money saving travel tips and secrets.
Choose the cheapest times to travel
Flight prices differ depending on the day, month and time. Travelling during the weekends should be avoided at all cost since that is when the flight prices skyrocket due to the demand. One should choose their days of traveling wisely to save on costs.
One should choose to travel during the low season when there is no much traveling. This will depend on your destination. If your destination is in high season, then one will pay more since there is a lot of traffic towards and from where they are going. Besides getting cheaper flights in low season, one also gets better deals on hotels and accommodation as well. One should research more on the low seasons of the various destinations so that they can know when to travel.
Mix your flights
A traveler who is on a budget may need to do this to save on costs. Use a different airline company for both flights. This will need some planning and may be quite a hassle, but if it is saving you some coins, it is worth a try. Such searches can be made easy since there are such search tools on the internet.
Estimate parking charges at the airport
The airport parking charges may create a hole in your pocket especially if you are going for long. For this reason, taking a taxi can be the cheapest option since you do not have to worry about the packing charges. One can also have a friend drive them to the airport hence save the costs.
Carry your food
When using a budget airline, it will save you money to take bring your food since food for such airlines is usually overpriced. One can buy some snacks before reaching the airport, or they can pack it from home. Also bring some water along.
Avoid too much luggage
Every airline has its luggage allowance. Ensure that you weigh your luggage before leaving home so that you do not exceed the recommended allowance by the airline. It will be painful to have to throw away excess things that you may have when the luggage is weighed at the airport. Pack only what you need and buy some personal effects when you reach your destination just enough to last you while you stay there.
When one is on vacation, they normally leave their houses without anyone but go to pay very expensively for accommodation. One should opt to try a home swap. This allows one to stay at the other person’s home while they are on vacation in your city while they stay at your place when you are on vacation in their city. This cuts down the accommodation costs to zero. One may just have to buy food to be cooked.