Easy Ways to Stretch Your Travel Dollars

Here are 20 easy ways in which you can stretch your travel dollars.

1. Start saving

As a part of saving for your trip, make a plan. When planning, in one column list all the things that you would like. In another column list how you can reduce or eliminate these costs. Project how much money you will now need and save towards it.

2. Look out for airline ticket deals

Popular airlines often have ticket deals and sales for certain times of the year. Schedule your trips around these times so that you can save on airfares. Also, schedule your flights for the middle of the week when most business travelers or vacationers don’t fly.

3. Sign up for flyer miles benefits

Many companies now offer these as part of their product offerings. For example, banks will offer travel points on credit cards whenever you travel and use them.

4. Scout for destination packages

These are great ways to save money. You can get all-inclusive packages, especially at resorts, for less at certain times of the year.

5. Check with your employer

If you work for the government or for a large corporation, check with your employer to see which destinations worldwide have benefits for employees when they travel. Make use of these benefits and save your money. Travel with proof from your employer to your destination. These may even still apply even if you are a retiree.

6. Check with your school

If you are a student, especially a college student, check with your school for travel benefits that they may have for students. You may also be able to access international programs for students that will save you money when you travel.

If you are in high school, get your parents or guardians to look for locales for possible school trips. There are normally discounted group packages that will save them money and are cheaper than if they were to do it on their own. Usually, a teacher or school employee will chaperone the students on the trip.

7. Join a charity or religious organization

There are some charity and religious organizations that have overseas missions. As a member on a mission, you will get to travel for free. However, please bear in mind that you are on these trips to assist others and not for your own self-gratification.

8. Make a travel budget

It is very tempting to get carried away while traveling. You will come across many things to spend money on. Make a travel budget and stick to it.

9. Stay at cheaper accommodation

If you are not on a travel package that offered you hotels at cheaper rates consider accommodation that will cost you less but are still safe. These include bed and breakfast offerings in private homes, rooms on university campuses, convents, motels and cottages.

10. Try couch surfing

You may have a friend or family member living in another country. If they don’t mind having you, consider staying with them instead of paying for accommodation. Another thing you can try is a house sitting arrangement. This is where you occupy and watch over someone’s property and their pets while they are away. Lastly, you can join couch surfing communities where you can connect and stay with locals for free.