You know that one of our passions is to travel, and we do this as much as we can. I wanted to share with you ways that we are able to save money while traveling. This is in addition to using discounts, points, miles and other known ways.
Here are some things that we do:
Food / Drinks – at hotels, we always stay in a room with a fridge and coffee maker. This saves lots, we can buy our own healthy beverage and food choices at a grocery store vs. the hotel gift shop. If we are driving, then we bring everything from home. If we are flying, it’s a little research before you go to find a store near where we are going to be. While at the store, we pick up fruit and snacks for the trip. On some cruise lines, you are able to bring small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages – yes we do this too.
Exploring / Tours – do your research ahead of time. When we travel, I do a lot of research before we leave. When going to a new city, I check out guide books with suggested itineraries, search the internet for free tours, some libraries offer passes to attractions. If you have to pay for something, do a search for cost too – look for coupons and discount codes. Yes, this takes time but it can benefit your wallet. If we are cruising, we use a website that connects us with other travelers on the same cruise. Many times we have shared rides and tours with people we met online. We shared car service from Southampton, England to the airport with two other couples, we’ve split the cost of a cab in Bruges, Belgium with two other couples – all prearranged online ahead of time.
Dining Out – think about mixing things up – have your big meal at lunch instead of dinner (prices are usually less expensive on the lunch menu compared to the dinner one and the portions can be smaller). Check for discounts and coupons to reduce your cost. Also, think about smaller meals such as stopping at a bakery for breakfast or street or farmers market for snacks. Think outside the box and it may save your wallet.
These are some of the ways we save when we travel. Let me know what you do to save money while you are away.