Traveling costs money, but there are ways that you can cut back on your expenses and leave more cash for your next trip.
Schedule at the right time: “The best way to save money when traveling is simply to schedule your trip at the right time,” said Anthony Tucker of All Inclusive Outlet. “Your destination may be in the middle of a season that is different from your home, so that can affect the rates for both transportation and accommodations.”
Book early: “At least nine months in advance if you can,” said Margie Lenau of Wonderland Vacations. “However, do not book until you are sure of your travel plans,” as change fees can add up.
Bring snacks: “I always take packets of instant oatmeal with me,” said Lenau. “It saves money on breakfasts or a snack. All you need is hot water.”
Go all-in: Tucker explained that staying at an all-inclusive property is one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck. “The flat rate for an all-inclusive can be much easier to budget with, rather than having to account for small expenses here and there that can certainly add up,” he said.
Focus on preferences: “You can also save money by focusing on vacation preferences rather than a specific destination while planning,” said Mark Noennig, executive vice president at the Mark Travel Corp. “Rather than being dead-set on a specific place, explore travel options by activity, theme and culinary preferences.”
Book with a travel agent: “We always advise that people book with a travel agent,” said Noennig. “Contrary to what some people would probably assume, recent research by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) showed that agents could save consumers an average of $452 per trip. Travel agents have the optimal amount of experience and knowledge needed to build the best package possible.”
Stick to a budget: “Once your trip is finalized, make sure to decide on a budget and stick to it,” said Noennig. “Planning your activities ahead of the trip through your travel agent can minimize unexpected in-destination expenses. Pre-established budgets and plans let you focus on fun instead of your wallet.”