How to travel happily on a tight budget

Maggie Winner By Maggie Winner, 30th Nov 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Cutting costs doesn’t have to mean giving up your annual travel plan or sacrificing your meaningful family trip for saving money. Travel is always the best way to relax and reward you and your family members. Therefore, are there ways that allow you to save money and enjoy a great trip at the same time ? Yes, of course, we have the tips that can help you to stay in a win-win situation:

How to travel happily on a tight budget

Tip No.1 Book your tickets as early as possible!

No matter you decide to travel by train or by airplane, you’d better reserve your tickets as early as possible. Around half a year before your departure, you can subscribe to the newsletters of some popular airline or rail companies. Then, each week you can receive some emails which inform you the best deals or time-limited promotion provided by these companies.

The cheap tickets are always sold-out soon. The earlier you get the discount information, the more possible it is to get your tickets at a much lower price. For example, averagely, an international airfare in economy class for flying to some Asian cities sold by Air Canada or American Airline may cost around $1500 (plus tax) for a round trip. However, during their promotional period, sometimes you can easily save more than $500 and get your ticket at only around $1000 (tax included). It’s a great, isn’t it? In this way, you can save a lot of money from paying airfare and keep it to enjoy more activities in your destinations.


Tip No.2 Chat with the local people online before your departure.

During your trip, restaurant or hotel bills may always be a big part of spending you should consider. Why don’t you go online and use the Google Search to find their local discussion communities. By this way, you can chat online with the local people and submit your questions about how to save money during your trip there, how to find a cheap but comfortable hotel and where are the inexpensive restaurants providing tasty local food, etc. In these local online communities, you may find some useful links to download some discount coupons or make your reservation at a much lower price than the one that an international travel agent can offer you.



Tip No.3 Rent a car instead of taking a cab.

Taking a cab may cost your a lot during your trip. In most north-American or European cities, each 10 kilometres may cost around $20 to $30. If you have a driving license, why don’t you rent a car and drive around in the new cities? It may cost you only $30 to $40 each day. If you are not familiar with local streets, you just have to rent a GPS system provided by the car rental services. You can easily reserve your car online before your departure: Budget.com or Avis.com. All you have to do is to pick up the car near the airport you arrive in and drive yourself back to hotel after.

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