Three Quick Ways to Save on Travel this Summer
Summer is a great time to splurge and spend some of your hard earned money going out of town, but it can also be stressful when thinking about how to squeeze it all into your budget. It all adds up quickly. Here are some cash saving ideas that can help you go on that summer getaway without breaking the bank.
We have all heard rumors about what day of the week is actually best to book your flights, what site is best, etc. With so many flight booking websites, it is a lot easier to find a good deal than it was in the past. Many times, these sites mirror the cost of the airline’s website, so it may be wise to book directly through them. Often, if the price goes lower than the price you paid, the airline will actually give you a credit for the difference to use towards a future flight. It doesn’t hurt to make a quick call to find out (Jetblue, for example, has excellent customer service and perks). Being flexible on your dates is also a guaranteed way to save cash.
Another tip: When booking, if an airline is forcing you to pick a seat and the only ones left cost more, don’t pick one. Once you check in, they will automatically assign you one free of “extra costs” and probably with more leg room!
Of course, save money on baggage fees by going carry-on only.
We often sign up for a credit card because of the rewards, but how many of us actually take advantage of them? Many credit cards offer rewards for all types of travel (flights, rental cars, hotels) and you may be surprised how quickly the points rack up. Check your online banking to see what kind of rewards you are eligible for. It also doesn’t hurt to check in with your bank once in awhile to see if you can upgrade your card to get more perks.
Airbnb and VRBO are becoming increasing more popular lodging options. Instead of a hotel, you can get a room or even a whole house for a lot less money. More bedrooms = more friends = less money per person. This is a great option for a weekend getaway on the beach or exploring a new country.
Though camping is not for everyone, it is a fun and affordable getaway for a summer weekend. Many state and national parks also have small cabins for rent if you aren’t interested in totally roughing it. Sites can be as low as $20 a night and can sleep multiple people.
These are just a few ideas to get your wheels turning on more affordable ways to travel this summer. Don’t forget to book as early as possible so that you can secure your priority dates.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: KORINA SCHLIEPER
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, I ventured out to San Diego, CA where I started my professional career as an Executive Assistant, earned my Master’s in Organizational Management, started a blog and soaked up all the sun and sand that SoCal had to offer. After four years, I am now back in New England looking for new opportunities in Boston. I enjoy the beach, hiking, traveling, volunteering, cooking, reading and learning/trying new things.
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