Looking for a cheap way to escape the heat? Whether you’re planning to travel North to cooler climates, out-of-state, or abroad, these thrifty tips will help you manage your budget.
Find out popular times to visit your destination and try to work the off-season into your plans. You'll get cheaper airfare, find more budget rooms, spend less time in lines, and meet more locals than tourists.
There are many travel sites that can get you deals for travel before you leave and entertainment during your trip. When you find out where you want to go, use the Hopper app to find out the best time to buy your plane tickets. Sites like KAYAK, Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity allow you to compare different airline prices and offer special deals on hotels. Get coupons for local activities or restaurants in the area by searching Groupon or Restaurant.com.
Making travel arrangements online is convenient, but doesn't always guarantee the best deal. Call the hotel or airline directly to ask about available discounts.
Be sure to factor in the time and cost of transportation to and from your location and see if using another nearby airport may save you money.
Instead of paying for every meal in cafes and restaurants, grab healthy snacks at a local grocery store to save money and ward off hunger before it begins.
Shop at local street markets instead of buying your trinkets at well-known attractions. You may find more authentic items, or have a chance to negotiate your price.
Turn down water heater and air conditioner. Shut down computers and unplug small appliances. Pull down shades and blinds, and set light timers. This will help you save on bills while you're away.
Children under two years old can fly for free on their parent’s lap without a ticket on domestic flights. International flights require the purchase of a lap child ticket, which can be expensive. With most airlines charging 10% of a full fare ticket just for the right to carry your baby, this can be a significant cost when using a business or first class award. Check the rules for lap child tickets.
To avoid having to purchase items for your child while on your trip, check out the lists of Essential Travel Gear For Families With Infants and Travel Gear For Families With Toddlers And Young Children.
Before you leave, set aside a certain amount of money to use on your vacation and determine what amount is to be for activities, souvenirs, emergency buys, food and other things you may want or need. If you are travelling internationally this Budget Calculator can help you know what to expect to spend.