5 Easy Ways to Save Money on a Vacation

3 Jun

Since I have been bitten by the travel bug and have started travelling quite a bit, everyone keeps asking me on how I manage the financing. No, I don’t ask my parents and neither do I earn a lot, but I have come to realise that gone are the days where taking a long international holiday or that dream vacation, meant an empty bank account.  Nowadays with just a few hours spent on the internet, planning well and availing discounts available on the internet, you can actually take a vacation and also end up saving significant expenses.

Views worth traveling for :)

Views worth traveling for 🙂

So below are the top 5 tips that can help you save quite a bit on your vacation for that next trip on the horizon 🙂 –

1. Flights – Whenever possible, decide and block your air tickets at least 3 months in advance. For the best deals on airfare always check across various airlines / travel booking websites, travel related coupons , offers run by airlines etc before booking your tickets. Also check across all kinds of options available on routes, from nearby cities, different airports, etc as many times direct flights are more expensive and flights with some halts are much cheaper. See if you can also be a bit flexible on travel dates as the mid-week flights are normally cheaper than the weekend flights.

For all your regular and official travel, always try to travel by one large airline and collect air miles that you can always redeem for booking your vacation tickets. Another option is that you can take up one of the many travel credit cards available that give air miles as points on all purchases; you can use this card for your regular usage and aggregate as many air miles as possible. Both these options help get significant discounts on flights and at times nearly free tickets.

Love the feeling of going to a new place :)

Love the feeling of being airborne and going to a new place 🙂

2. Accommodation / Hotels – Try and see if you can travel slightly off-season to any destination as hotels tend to be much cheaper and easy to book during these times. By off-season I mean 1 month before the entire tourist season starts. If you plan on staying in one hotel for more than 3 nights then try to negotiate for a better deal. You can also redeem your credit card or hotel chain miles or use travel coupons for additional discounts.

Temporary abodes for exploring newer lands

Temporary abodes for exploring newer lands

3. Local Travel during the vacation – Before booking  your accommodation, take a few minutes to check out how close it is to all the places that you want to see. If possible, select a place that is at a walking distance from all major places and if possible also to the local train / bus station. This will save you a lot in terms of local travel expenses. If you drive then you can rent a car and drive everywhere. If you are relying on local transportation then check all the local city travel cards, group travel cards and other offers available. We once got a group travel card that included unlimited local public transportation of upto 5 people for a price of about 1.5 people.

Quaint trams in Hong Kong. Still gives an old world charm to the city

I love exploring cities via the quaint local trams

4. Sightseeing – Every city has a lot to offer but you never have time to cover everything. Hence be sure on exactly what it is that you would like to see or do there and shortlist a mix of both free and paid things to see and do. Many cities have free walking tours that are good and only work on tips, so check them out and explore the city with them. For the paid things decide on what is it that you would like to see and buy tickets for that in advance online. This will save you a lot of time (of standing in the queues) and at times help you avail any available offers. Many places in Europe allow visitors to visit museums, etc free (without a ticket) on certain days. Check on these days online and visit these places then. Also if you are a student, carry your student id and avail student discounts wherever possible.

Some priceless sights

Some priceless sights that require no tickets

5. Eating out – To save on eating out, you can try the following –

    • Try the local street food wherever you visit. This gives you an actual flavor of the place, that too at nearly rock bottom prices.
    • Eat local whenever you travel and avoid restaurants near the tourist locations (also Indian restaurants are one of the most expensive places to eat outside India).
    • Head for smaller restaurants in less touristy areas where prices tend to be more affordable.
    • Additionally you can shop at local shops / stores for fresh fruits, yogurts, etc and the local bakeries for bread and pastries. This also gives you an opportunity to try stuff that you otherwise don’t get back at home.
Awesome street food to be tried everywhere

Awesome street food to be tried everywhere

If you find these tips helpful or have any of your own money-saving tips that you would like to share, then please feel free to share them below or tweet at traveler_budget. Here’s to Happy Planning and Travelling 🙂

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25 Responses to “5 Easy Ways to Save Money on a Vacation”

  1. meghana June 3, 2013 at 11:13 #

    hey….really like this post. It’s inspiring!

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  2. bandhnabajaj June 3, 2013 at 16:40 #

    Really enjoy some of your travel adventures! Here’s a Shine-on-award!
    http://bandhnakaur.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/my-first-award-shine-on-award/

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    • getsetandgo June 10, 2013 at 12:09 #

      Hey, super thanks for this award and I shall write the thank you post soon 🙂

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  3. Laurie Merritt Photography June 3, 2013 at 19:59 #

    Hi there, Snigdha! Thanks so much for liking an earlier post of mine “Quick Glimpse-NYC”. I love to travel, but unfortunately haven’t been able to do much lately. But, we will and am so glad you posted this information-will file for future (hopefully NEAR future) reference. Take care!

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    • getsetandgo June 10, 2013 at 12:12 #

      Thanks Laurie and please feel free to write to me in case you have any queries on this 🙂

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  4. thewanderingbear June 4, 2013 at 07:45 #

    Thanks for the great insight. I’d like to share one of my recent posts on saving money on travel. http://thewanderingbear.com/2013/05/01/tips-book-early-or-pay/

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    • getsetandgo June 10, 2013 at 12:17 #

      Hey, thanks for sharing these tips. They are really helpful and I shall try them on my next trip for sure. I have never tries AirBnb, is it good?

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  5. pommepal June 4, 2013 at 16:19 #

    All are excellent tips for making money go further. Have you tried couch surfing for free accommodation?

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    • getsetandgo June 10, 2013 at 12:22 #

      NO, I havent tried couch surfing till date as I have heard very mixed reviews about it. Have you tried it?

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      • pommepal June 10, 2013 at 16:45 #

        Yes we have used it a lot in Australia and every CS was a good one. Made some good friends. I’ve heard mixed reports about overseas CS hosts some good some bad.

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      • getsetandgo June 18, 2013 at 14:01 #

        I have always stayed in hostels and quite like that too. However I’ll definitely try CS in Australia and NZ 🙂

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      • pommepal June 18, 2013 at 15:48 #

        You will make friends as well as save money staying with CS

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  6. Santanu June 8, 2013 at 22:13 #

    Very nice article and I like the clicks you shot. You have a very nice blog…keep up the spirit

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  7. Jeevan Kuruvilla June 15, 2013 at 00:06 #

    Thank you for the suggestions.

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  8. Miss Hannah June 27, 2013 at 03:10 #

    Thanks!

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  9. old-sony-tv-serials July 2, 2013 at 16:53 #

    I am going soon.. I hope I will take benefits of these wonderful suggestions !!!

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  10. Divesh Gaurav July 4, 2013 at 00:02 #

    now as the age is becoming smart ,i can contribute with some online tool good for planning vaccation like flight search from http://www.skyscanner.com hotel search from http://www.trivago.in, all search of hotel and flight with ixigo.com

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  11. fusion prague July 4, 2013 at 18:57 #

    absolutely agree 😉 speaking from a hostel point, budget traveling is quite easy when one wants. Sharing a dorm with other travel enthusiasts is always good way to reduce your expenses and meet new people.

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  12. Pranay June 11, 2014 at 11:06 #

    Nice article!!!!! Can you guide us about the best travel credit cards with maximum offers on accumulation of travel miles?

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