Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda StancatiAhh, summer vacation is just around the corner. We keep hearing about how gas prices are continually on the rise, and how people are stretching the dollar further now than ever before. But let’s face it — you work hard all year round, and you certainly deserve a little R&R. The good news is that you can afford to travel and experience a wonderful summer vacation.
How can you save money on travel this summer? Glad you asked!
Flexibility goes a long way when you want to save money on travel. If you’re open to different departure and return dates, you may be able to get a better deal on already cheap flights, hotels and vacation packages.
Insider’s Tip: Flying midweek on Tues/Wed can save you a bundle. Wait til later in the afternoon, too, to find out which airlines are slashing prices to compete.
Creativity can also help you save money on travel this summer. For example, flying from Toronto to Colorado roundtrip can cost about $800. But if you take a train, bus or drive across the border to Buffalo, you could fly to Colorado for about $500 or less.
Insider’s Tip: You can save even more when you use a travel agent to book everything at once – car rental, flight, hotel, etc.
Luggage: Travelling light helps when you’re flying. To save money of travel expenses at the airport, try to check as few bags as possible, and keep them light. Overweight bags can really put a dent in your wallet. Even carry-on bags can cost, so be sure to check if your airline lets you carry-on for free or not.
Insider’s Tip: Read “9 Things you Didn’t need to Pack for the Cruise” to get some packing tips on how to travel light.
Sensibility: avoid getting sucked into buying things you don’t need! A friend of mine recently travelled to a sunny destination all-inclusive resort and before she even left the airport she was reeled in by time-share sales people who managed to fandangle $75 bucks out of her. How? They offered an “amazing deal” on a trip to the local attraction, combined with breakfast, mimosas, the whole nine yards. And all you have to do is “listen” to a spiel.
Insider’s Tip: What they fail to mention is that you have to get to this location at your own expense (at 6am tomorrow, btw), and the finer details state that you must sit there for an 8-hour presentation, pay for your food after the free breakfast, and then you have to sign your life away in blood to get the tickets they promised you to swim with the dolphins. OK, not literally, but you get the idea 😉
If you have some helpful hints on how to save money on travel this summer, we’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas below.