Summer Travel Saving TipsJun 29, 2015 04:20PM ● By Hood Magazine
It’s that time of year to go beyond your neighborhood to explore all the beauty and fun that this world has to offer! Each year when you are deciding on where to go, the first thing to consider is the overall expense. Whether it’s a day trip, a long road trip, or airline travel, it’s always best to start out with a carefully planned budget that includes everything that you will be spending on your trip - this includes flights, hotels, gas, meals, treats, attractions, even souvenirs. Once you’ve created your budget, give some of these money saving tips a try:
● Choose hotel rooms that offer a microwave and a mini fridge. You can cook simple meals in the room or reheat leftovers. Additional things to look for when choosing a hotel; complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free parking, and discounts or credits for nearby restaurants.
● Gasbuddy is a great website app to use on road trips to help you find the best prices on gas wherever you go.
● When traveling on the road, it pays to have a plan for every meal ahead of time. Stop at grocery stores along the way to make your own meals or if you plan to stop at restaurants, make sure you have a set budget.
● Check all nearby airports, sometimes regional airports offer lower prices on airline tickets.
● Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days to fly as well as the best days to purchase flight tickets.
● If you purchase airline tickets through a website like CheapOAir, be sure to shop through Ebates.com to get up to $13 back on each purchase. Another great thing about CheapOAir is the number of great coupon codes you can find online at Coupons.com or RetailMeNot.com.
● Check one way tickets because occasionally it will be cheaper to purchase two one way tickets, and you have more flexibility that way as well.
● Pack light! Most airlines now charge for carry on bags in addition to checked luggage.
● Be on the lookout for local visitor magazines that offer discounts on hotels and attractions in the area you’re staying in.
● Visiting a new city? Check to see if there are any free festivals, concerts, or other events to base your trip around.