Travel Secrets

Travel Money Saving Tips

By Art Robinson, Contributing Editor

It’s easy for costs to get out of hand when you’re out traveling the world. But it doesn’t have to be like that! These travel pros can get you on the path to cheaper, better trips with a few pieces of time-tested advice!

Pros Teach You To Travel Cheap

Jump-Off Cities

Several US cities are considered jump-off cities, or two destinations in one. For example, a trip to Las Vegas can also become a trip to the Grand Canyon. Travelers should consider a visit during the summer, Sin City’s off-season, for low rates on flights, hotel rooms, shows and rental cars.

The Canyon is only about 250 miles away from Vegas, and it will take about four and a half hours to drive there. Once there you can explore one of the most amazing wonders of the world.

Need more inspiration? A trip to San Francisco can easily become a sojourn into California’s wine country, or a trek to our nation’s monuments in Washington, DC, may incorporate a trip to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor.

Always remember to check the surrounding areas when you travel. Who knows what could be a short car or train ride away from you? It feels like getting two (or more!) trips in one, and all it takes is a little research! The locals will often have the skinny on close by attractions, too.

Use Regional Airports

Most low-cost airlines, like Spirit Airlines, service smaller regional airports near large cities. Sure, these airports may be a bit out of the way, but the minor inconvenience can put mucho moolah back into your pocket.

For instance, Spirit doesn’t service Philadelphia International Airport, but it does fly out of New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport, which is just an hour away.

Apartment and Home Rentals Instead of Hotels

Rentals are not only more economical than hotels for a family trip, they also give travelers the chance to experience a destination as a local.

Consider this: December is high season in New York City as the city swells with tourists for the holidays. Weekend rates for even a tiny hotel room will go for $600 per night. That doesn’t even include food, souvenirs or other expenses, like the hidden taxes and fees found on most hotel room bills.

But, for about $350 per night you can find a one- or two-bedroom apartment in almost any area of the city. One-bedroom apartments are usually fine for a small family. Be sure to look at the pictures in the online listing, and find one that will work for you.

Before your trip, go online and look for local grocery stores in the area you are renting to stock the kitchen with some basics like coffee, milk, drinks, cereals, etc.

Bring a personal cell phone or a pre-paid calling card to the rental. While most owners will tell you that you can use their phone, it’s better to bring your own.

If you’re renting a space with a kitchen, you can also cook most or all meals right there in the apartment, which will save you tons of money over the course of your stay. If your destination is within driving distance, you can bring supplies from home to keep shopping costs down, as well.

Vacation with Friends and Family — Split the Costs

Now is the best time to vacation with friends and family, because it makes traveling cheaper. For example, you can rent an apartment, condo or even a house and split the costs!

- via Travel Channel

Do any of these sound like ideas you would like to incorporate into your next trip? Do you regularly travel with friends and family, or do you prefer to see the world alone? How do YOU save money while you travel?

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