One of the most common regrets people have when they look back at their lives is that they wish they’d traveled more than they did. And while that’s something many of us tend to dwell on, most of us also realize that vacationing around the world just isn’t in our budget for now. Especially during the summer it can be tempting to just throw caution to the wind and head for parts unknown, but it’s also one of the most expensive times to travel.
Or at least that’s what most of us think. In reality, as long as you're smart about it, you can actually travel wherever you want for a relatively low cost. To find out how, check out these smart money-saving tips for summer travel on a budget.
Air travel has become one of the most competitive and volatile industries there is, with tickets prices varying wildly from one carrier to another and even from one day to the next. As a savvy consumer it is essential to decide where and when you’re going to travel, which allows you keep an eye on ticket prices and swoop in to take advantage of any potential deals.
Another aspect of summer travel you want to watch out for is the many charges some airlines add to the base price of the ticket, such as carrying two personal bags or extra suitcases. There can be many hidden costs associated with flying that may not be included when you are looking at the cost of your ticket, so keep that in mind when doing comparison pricing.
The cost of hotels and resorts vary much less than airline tickets, but they’re almost always more affordable when you book your room well ahead of the summer travel season. If you do the research you may also find deals on lesser-known or new hotels and resorts that are trying to establish themselves and bring in new customers. For all these reasons, just like with buying plane tickets, planning your trip early will invariably help you save money without having to sacrifice comfort or quality.
While credit cards and other forms of lending like payday or auto title loans have their legitimate uses, paying for your vacation isn’t one of them. If the point of your vacation is to relax, then it’s pointless to return from your trip with a ton of debt shackled to your neck. And the longer you take to pay them back the more the interest grows, meaning you could still be paying for your summer vacation this time next year if you’re not careful.
One of the most expensive parts of traveling is eating. You’re essentially a hostage the moment you step off the airplane to the moment you safely return to your home. Every other meal in between is going to come at a cost, and quite often that price is at a premium.
While it doesn’t make financial sense, considering how expensive baggage is, to pack a whole suitcase full of food to bring with you, if you find you have extra space after packing why not throw in a box of granola bars or some other type of versatile snack tomunchh on during your vacation? Even one or two simple snacks can save you the cost of a $30 meal once you’re at your destination.