A lot of people consider traveling a costly luxury and something that they can’t afford. I’m here to tell you that IT’S NOT. It’s all about knowing the right things that you should do to make it happen. Here I will provide you some tips & tricks which you should put into practice when booking your next trip so you can save money and travel more for less.
1. Use private or incognito browser
Maybe you would only like to check out the prices, but nowadays all websites drop cookies in your browser. That way they can track the information that you researched. The next time that you check, the prices will go up when you go on that website again.
2. Look on different websites
Again like I mentioned in my other posts (How I plan my trips from start to finish). Research is the most important thing to do. There are several websites that you could use, and my go-to are Skyscanner.com, Google Flights, Kayak.com, Kiwi.com, Expedia.com and the actual site of the airline that I chose because a lot of times their price is lower.
3. Be flexible
Being flexible is really one of the most essential tips, and those websites that I mentioned above will help you do your research for a whole month instead of choosing a specific date. Also, it allows you to select a destination search “Everywhere,”. Which will show you the best countries to visit for the lowest price.
4. Add different cities and more extended layovers
A lot of times it’s cheaper to book separate flights rather than one big trip. For example, if you have to go from the US to Asia or Europe to Asia. It’s very likely that you will not be able to get there with only one flight. In that case, look for those options separately making your layover longer. Usually, the tickets with a longer layover are cheaper, and you will be able to see a new country on the way to your destination.
5. Know what the average price is for this ticket
You can do it by researching online on different blogs and forums, or you can use this fantastic app which I use all the time, it’s called Hopper. It will show you if the time to book your ticket is now or whether you should wait for it to drop and it will also send you a notification when the price is lower.
6. Consider the luggage fee
A lot of budget airlines will show you tickets for a very low price but what you can’t see from the start is that you might pay double the amount for your checked bag. So be careful and see which airlines include the baggage and which charge extra for it. It’s another reason why I prefer to travel only with a carry-on.
7. Reward systems / Frequent Flyer programs
Other thing to consider when booking your accommodation are loyalty programs and different bonuses that they offer. For example, Hotels.com provide a free stay if you book 6 nights with them. Even though I don’t stay loyal to the airlines that I use because I always go with the cheapest option, a lot of airlines are combined into one alliance which can also help you save some money by giving you points/miles.
8. Reward points
Another thing that I have to mention because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it (even though we don’t have proper travel plans in Bulgaria). Is using the right credit card for your daily expenses to earn valuable points that you can later use for your travel purchases. Chase Sapphire Reserve is a great example because their category is very broad and there are a lot of other perks for using it. For example: $300 travel credit, access to lounges all over the world, global entry fee or TSA credit and different travel insurances. Capital One venture is another option that you might want to consider.
9. Use Ebates
One of the last things that I want to mention is using Ebates to get cash money back from your purchases, very easy to use and pretty self-explanatory. You just have to install it on your browser and activate it when you are purchasing something and watch the money saving process begin.
10. Use Couchsurfing
I personally used it for my travel across the US for a whole month, and I loved it. It was an amazing way to meet new people, stay in their place for free and get a better feel of what it’s like to live in the city you are visiting.
Finally, probably the most essential thing out of all of them is to PRIORITIZE your travel. Put it on top of your list and make it a goal that you want to achieve. Stop spending your money on coffee, take out, drinks and other unnecessary stuff. If you want to make it happen, I am sure you can, it’s only up to you to do it.
I hope I was able to help you with these suggestions on how to book your next dream vacation for less. Don’t forget to comment down below if you like it or with other tips that you might add.