My aim here is to provide some practical budget travel tips, such as when traveling as a couple, it is always a great idea to have plenty of extra money. To accomplish this, I would suggest you utilize some budget travel tips to help you stretch those dollars you are taking. Make the most of your trip by applying these other six simple strategies to save money.
1. Choose 3 or 4 destinations you both like. Look into the pricing of each destination to determine which one offers the least expensive travel.
Once you agree on a few destinations, investigate them online. Look for package deals and make some comparisons. Which place(s) offer the best pricing?
2. Next on the list of air travel tips is when to go. Accommodations and many attractions cost less when you go during the off-season. Depending on the locale, even traveling to your destination is discounted in the off-season when the demand is less. For example, in the winter, airfare to Europe is about half the cost of summer fares by hundreds of dollars per ticket!
For many summer tourist destinations, the date they switch to off-season rates is in early September when the kids go back to school – the day after Labor Day. Taking a trip the week after Labor Day will save you money while still enjoying the warm weather attractions; a plus is that you will not t have to fight the crowds.
3. Save as a couple and individually before the trip. An important part of planning and making the most of these budget travel tips is putting aside money well in advance. A way to pump up your savings and make it fun for each of you to formulate not only your joint savings plan, but also your own plans to save a few extra bucks for the trip. Have a contest to see who can save more!
Strategies to save money include cutting out those expensive coffee beverages, lunches out at work and other less-necessary expenditures in your daily lives to bank those dollars for your trip.
4. Book a hotel that offers free breakfast. Nothing will start off a day of exploration on your vacation like a couple of free meals as many hotels offer continental breakfasts to lure in travelers. Vacations take a lot of energy and can work up quite an appetite, so grab a few of those granola bars and a few pieces of fresh fruit for your purse or car, just in case you get hungry before or after lunch.
5. Split dinners in restaurants. If you and your spouse both like some of the same foods, consider ordering an entrée and dividing it between the two of you. Even if you each order soup or a salad, your dinner bill will still be less expensive.
Some restaurants will charge $2.00 or $3.00 for a plate fee when you let them know you plan to split the entrée. However, getting into the habit of sharing dinners when you travel shows you are taking these budget travel tips seriously and have real household budgeting savvy.
6. Carry re-usable individual water containers. When you arrive at the hotel, find the nearest grocery or drug store where you can buy inexpensive bottled water by the gallon. Take the water to your hotel room and fill you individual containers in the evening.
If your hotel room has a refrigerator, chill your water overnight. The next morning before you head off to see the sites, grab your bottles of water. Since bottled water, when purchased separately, can cost up to $4.00 per bottle, you can save $20 or more per day between the two of you by furnishing your own water this way.
As a couple, you hopefully have many wonderful vacations ahead of you. Strategies to save money such as visiting off-season, staying at hotels that offer free breakfasts, sharing dinners, and filling your own water bottles will reduce your travel expenditures. Put these budget travel tips to work when planning your next vacation and then come back with your own to share.
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