How to travel on a budget: 6 tips from a travel agent

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We all like to save money. Whether it’s a few dollars here and there or you’re looking to cut your costs by a large margin, Tammy Fisher Travel offers travel on a budget tips to help you save from start to finish on your next vacation.

Travel out of season

Popular travel destinations are popular for a reason. The Caribbean is a top choice for vacationers to get away from cold winter weather, Alaska provides refuge from the summer heat, and Europe is popular for both winter and summer travelers. Airlines and resort hotels feel the impact of downtime when it comes to travel, so they’ll offer steep discounts to encourage travelers.

Pack appropriately

There are two approaches to packing appropriately: pack light or pack prepared. Packing light makes it less likely that you’ll need to pay baggage fees with the airline. Most airlines these days allow one checked bag with additional fees for me. If you can get everything you need into one bag that’s under the designated weight limit, then you can save a considerable amount of money before you even step foot on an airplane.

In contrast, packing prepared saves you money during your time away. Tourist destinations often hike up prices to take advantage of unprepared tourists. This means that you could pay as much as an extra $5 on a stick of deodorant if you've forgotten yours. If it means packing an extra bag, the fees attached to your additional baggage can still be less than what you’ll pay for supplies once you reach your destination.

Don’t eat your cash

Eating is one of the most enjoyable parts of the travel experience, but this doesn’t mean it has to take a major chunk out of your budget. You can get the full local experience by finding cheap restaurants or eating food from street vendors. In fact, street vendors will sometimes have the most highly touted food in the area.

If you’re not into eating food from street vendors, you can buy food and cook at your hotel. This, of course, is only an option if you have the accommodations at your hotel. So, plan ahead and find lodging that provides either a kitchenette or even a full kitchen. The extra money you spend getting a hotel room that allows you to cook can still be less than what you end up spending on food for three meals each day.

Be flexible with your dates

Flexible travel dates make for flexible spending. Rather than choose a hard date for your travels, choose a range of dates. We established above that traveling to a destination during the offseason is cheaper, but you can get cheaper flights even still if you travel-specific days of the week. Purchasing a flight for a trip that spans the weekend will cost more than traveling during the middle of the week or even the middle of the night. A redeye will cost less than flying through midday.

Take public transportation

Buses and trains are much cheaper than flying to your destination. Even if you had to fly to get to the first part of your trip, you can take an overnight train rather than rent a car. Furthermore, spending the night on a train is a great way to knock out two birds with one stone because you’re getting transportation and a room for the price of one.

Plan ahead

Know where you’re going, where you’re staying, what you’ll be doing, and what you’re going to be eating. When you have a plan, you’ll have an idea of how much you’re going to spend. This does require some extra research, but it’ll be worth it to save yourself some money in the end.

Bonus: work with Tammy Fisher Travel

When it comes to traveling, Tammy Fisher Travel is well-versed in the ins and outs of the best destinations as well as offering travel on a budget tips. Our team can help you plan your vacation from the very beginning as well as on-the-fly adjustments while you’re gone. We’ll work for you throughout your trip to make sure you have the best experience possible. Give us a call today to start planning your next trip.