Enjoy some well-deserved time off without emptying your pockets by following these tips:
- Travel midweek and be flexible with dates and times: Flying is cheaper during the week. It’s worth it to be flexible and waiting for cheaper fares to save a few hundred dollars.
- Don’t check baggage: Few airlines allow you to check bags for free. You could save anywhere between $25-$50 when you pack light and take everything you need in your carry on. Make sure you leave room in your suitcase to bring back souvenirs or shipping them back home.
- Eat out less or not at all: When you’re on the road and don’t have a kitchen to cook in, dining out can get extremely expensive. Bring snacks with you on the plane. Lodge in a vacation home or hotel with a kitchen. Take advantage of your hotel’s continental breakfast. Check your smartphone’s app store for free apps that can point out where the discounted food places are.
- Take Public Transit: Car rentals can be expensive. See your destination as locals see it and take public transportation places.
- Ask a local where to go. You might find better sightseeing spots.