Traveling can be quite an expense, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right strategy, you can bring down your travel costs significantly. The next time you’re planning your next trip, consider these money saving tips:

  1. Travel Like the Locals

If possible, utilize public transportation as much as you can or get out and walk. You can often experience more by merely wandering around the city, talking to the locals and soaking up the scenery, not to mention plenty of more photo opportunities!

  1. Take Advantage of Free Activities

Before your trip, do a little research. There are often lots of free activities to check out, so look up the website of the area you’re staying at and try to find an event calendar. Most cities will also have free or discount days at museums and galleries or other tourist attractions.

  1. Use Miles or Points

When traveling, it’s a good idea to always stay at the same hotel chain and fly the same airlines. This will help you to accumulate rewards points and flight miles so you can use them on a future trip.

  1. Be Flexible When Flying

When booking your flight, try to be as flexible as possible. Check the dates of your trip and see if the price will go down if you switched up the dates a bit. Flying at unpopular hours also increases your chance of getting a discounted flight. Also, statistics show that flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday are usually the cheapest days for flights.

  1. Bring Your Own Snacks

This will be especially important if traveling with kids. Instead of wasting time stopping at various places and spending extra money on snacks, bring your own. Don’t forget to pack additional water as well. Tip: If you are traveling far and unable to bring snacks from home, stop at a local grocery store once you arrive at your destination.

  1. Subscribe to Email Alerts

Sign up for e-newsletters from airlines and hotels. These special promotions can save you money and is a great way to stay up-to-date on last minute travel deals.

  1. Book a Room with a Kitchen

Although cooking might not be your top priority while on vacation, it can save you money. Consider staying in to eat breakfast and lunch and then head out for a nice dinner. Having a microwave and fridge in your room also helps reheat leftovers and store your food while you’re away.

  1. Stay Outside the City

You’ll often notice that prices are much higher depending upon location. Try staying away from areas with all of the big tourist attractions and instead consider booking a hotel a few miles away.

  1. Travel During the Off Season

You can almost always find cheaper plane and hotel prices during off-peak times. If traveling in the spring, consider going before or after spring breakers.

  1. Create a Budget & Stick To It

It’s always a good idea to plan your trip. If you’re wanting to splurge a little more while on vacation, consider cutting back on spending before your trip. Having a designated budget for food, travel, and shopping while traveling is an excellent way to plan ahead and know when you can splurge and when to save.

There are many money saving tips to consider when traveling. Do your research, plan ahead and stick to a budget as much as possible. Start saving those pennies now for your next trip!