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As a travel hacks blogger, you think you know all the travel hacks for saving money that exist.
I asked a bunch of experts including travel bloggers, vloggers and long time nomads to give me their best tips, and here’s what I found.
Some of these money saving tips may surprise you!
- Travel Hacks For Saving Money On Flights
- Travel Hacks For Saving Money On Hotels and Accommodation
- Travel Hacks For Saving Money On Food
- Other Unique Travel Hacks For Saving Money
Travel Hacks For Saving Money On Flights
1. Use Price Alerts To Plan Flights in Advance
Sarah from Tiny Trail Blazer
Start planning your big trips 10 months to a year in advance and set up travel alerts through Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to your destination.
2. Fly Out During The Day Instead of Night
Karthik from An Asian Traveller
Avoid late night flights as you might have to spend on the hotel stay for that day inclusive. The usual checkout time is before 12. Instead opt for flights that leave between 10AM-6PM. This way you get to have breakfast, roam around, come back and pickup bags and leave for airport without paying for an extra day.
3. Search For One Passenger At A Time
Andrea from One Savvy Wanderer
When starting your fare search with an airline, always enter that there is only one passenger, regardless of how many people you are actually traveling with. The reason being is that airlines have set up pricing algorithms to automatically increase the price once a certain amount of tickets are sold. If you have two or more people on a reservation, and they only have one seat left at the lower price, the airline will quote you at the higher price for everyone on that reservation. Once you price what one ticket costs, then re-do the search for everyone you are traveling with so to see what the total cost is.
Travel Hacks For Saving Money On Hotels and Accommodation
4. Check the online price of a hotel before booking it in person.
Megan from A Suitcase To Anywhere
When booking a hotel the last minute, always check the cost online before asking in person. On several occasions, the price at a hotel was inflated once they knew our options were limited. Be prepared to ask them to match the online price, or book online before checking-in.
READ ALSO: Travel Tips: How to Book Cheap Hotels
5. Use Trusted Housesitter to stay for free.
Khadija from Traveling Black Spinster
Use trusted Housesitters to get free lodging all over the world. Typically it is North America, the UK, and Australia. You get a membership and apply to different job openings. I’ve been able to stay in Atlanta, Austin, and Colorado. I also get to take care of cute dogs.
It’s awesome getting a whole house to myself. You can even spend a bit more and be able to post your own ads for your own travel. It’s an exchange of services so you get or offer a place to stay for free and you give or get free pet care. I plan to use it for my trip to Hawaii.
Travel Hacks For Saving Money On Food
6. Compare The Dining Plan To The Local Restaurants When Booking An All Inclusive Trip
Justine from Love Every Aspect.
When traveling to a place that offers a dining plan, really look at the total and compare to the restaurants it covers. If many of the menu items are cheap, then you actually end up paying more by doing a dining plan a lot of times.
Example: Disneyworld. We love Disneyworld and their food. They offer different dining plan packages. We selected the deluxe one because it included more restaurant variety.
However, we noticed that it’s only saving you money if you order the most expensive items on the menu. (Which did not always work out, but sometimes the most expensive thing does not sound appealing)
We recorded what our price would’ve been during the trip without the plan vs the plan. And in the end we didn’t save, we overpaid.
So my tip, if your a food lover do your research on what is available before you go. Try to plan a daily food budget and stick to it.
7. Cut Down On Eating Out In Restaurants
Heta from Hetamentaries
My number one tip is to cut down on restaurant meals; if I am traveling to a city/country that’s significantly more expensive than mine I might grab some instant coffee packs with me or if its a cheaper country I still try to buy those things from local market and do some meals/ have at least a coffee in my place of stay as it does cut down on price.
8. Do Not Buy Food At The Airport Or In The Plane
John from Should I Go 2
Don’t buy food at the airport or on the plane, take sandwiches or pre made food instead. Food at airports and in planes tends to be 2x the regular price, you can save a ton by preparing some snacks in advance.
9. Carry Roasted Dry Fruits With You
Abhishek from Work.Earn.Travel.Repeat
10. Take Your Own Tea/Coffee
Banu from Food and Revelations
Other Unique Travel Hacks For Saving Money
11. Use Toilets At Big Shopping Malls Or In 5 Star Hotels
Daisy from Dreaming My Life
Use a toilet at some big shopping centres or 5-star hotels (even if you don’t stay there) because those are usually very clean and so avoid paying for public toilets.
It’s the small things that make all the difference!
12. Volunteer For What You Want To Do
Jason from Adventures in Aviators
13. Go For Free Walking Tours
José from Lisbon Chillout Free Tour
14. For Women Travelers, Sometimes Paying A Little Extra Makes Sense
Krystal from Krys Columbus Travel
15. Make Sure To Have Travel Insurance
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