Dreaming of your next adventure? You may be ready to get out of town for some rest and relaxation, but let’s face it, traveling can take a chunk out of your budget. Like anything though, with some careful planning and the right tools you can find ways to save money on travel and make it happen. Here are 10 tools to save money on travel.
When it comes to traveling, typically your airfare is the priciest part of the trip. If you’re open to where you want to go and do your research, you can find an affordable flight. Using Skyscanner.com, you can compare flight prices, locations and more to find the best deal for you.
There are no extra fees to use Skyscanner, and I find they have an easy-to-use, comprehensive search engine. Be sure to play around with dates and locations to score the best deal.
What if you could get cash back for using sites like Travelocity or Travelzoo? What about getting cash back for booking hotels? Using Ebates, you can! When you shop online using their portal, you can receive a percentage of money back on your purchases. How much you will get back depends on the retailer but everything helps. I’ve used Ebates when booking travel on Travelzoo or purchasing goods online. I’ve signed up for the PayPal option, so get my money back straight into my PayPal account. This is a nice added bonus for purchases you were already planning on making.
I’ll admit that I don’t often stay at hotels — simply because I usually save money by staying in hostels or affordable Airbnbs. But, if I want to stay in a hotel I know I can always find one at a discounted rate using HotelTonight.
HotelTonight is a mobile app that offers great deals for last-minute hotel bookings. So if you’re traveling on a whim, need a staycation, or have some flexibility, you can get discounted hotel rates using HotelTonight.
Think about it — hotels want to book all of their rooms. If they haven’t booked a room the day of or the day before, they can offer better deals in order to fill the vacancy. Using HotelTonight, you can take advantage of this and stay in a hotel for a fraction of the price.
Another tool to save money on travel is Groupon, the discount website. I’ve used Groupon to book discounted hotels and have been very pleased. They also have getaways, restaurant deals and more.
When traveling, you want to make sure you’re getting the best price on your flight and hotel. Prices can fluctuate at any time, so it can be tough to know when is the right time to buy. Using the mobile app, Hopper, you can get data-driven guidance on if you should book now or wait to book your travel.
If you have an adventurous spirit and want to meet locals and save money on travel, you can try out Couchsurfing. Their slogan is “stay with locals and meet travelers”. Essentially local hosts open up their homes for travelers to stay with them. This is a great way to meet people in the area, connect with the local community and save money on accommodations.
If you plan on booking a car rental for your trip, be sure to check out Autoslash first! They help you do the heavy lifting when it comes to finding the best deals on car rentals. Using Autoslash, you can get coupons, search through various options and also track prices. Why pay full price for a car rental if you don’t have to?
Whether you’re renting a car or going on a road trip, using GasBuddy.com can help you find the best local gas prices wherever you are. Not only that, but you can also budget for your gas spending by using their trip calculator.
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10. Your credit card
You may not realize it but getting the right credit card can help you save money on travel. Getting a rewards credit card for your favorite airline is one of the best ways to get free or low-cost travel. I have “travel hacked” using airline and rewards credit cards and have booked flights to Europe for less than $100. Seriously! You do need to be mindful of spending minimums and make sure any bonuses can get you where you need to go.
Before you book travel, you might also want to check with your credit card to see any added perks they may have. They may have travel insurance, no foreign transaction fees, and more. It can pay to look up what perks come with your credit card so you’re not paying more than you need too!
Using these 10 tools, you can save money on travel and make sure you are scoring savings where it matters. Travel can be pricey but by no means do you have to pay full price for everything. As you can see, there are many ways to lower the costs of travel and make sure it’s budget-friendly. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to go on vacation. Now that you know where to look to save money…where are you dreaming of going?