Travel can be expensive. Even if you manage to score a reasonably priced Airbnb, flights, airport transfers, and tourist experiences can put a serious dent in your bank account.
The good news is, with a little planning and know-how you can still have the trip of a lifetime without redrawing on your mortgage.
Click on for the seven best money-saving travel tips, and get ready to make room in your piggy bank.
1. Book flights on a Tuesday
According to an Expedia study, the best day to book a flight is generally Tuesday, within 50 to 100 days prior to travel.
2. Sign up for airline newsletters
If you’re looking to book a last-minute getaway, sign up for airline newsletters as many companies frequently send out flash sale emails.
3. Travel off-peak
One of the easiest ways to save money on your next holiday is to travel in off-peak seasons. Italy, for example, is known to be expensive during summer, but rates usually drop between September and October.
4. Avoid traveling on weekends
Thinking of jetting off for a long weekend? Consider this: Research shows that you can save about 20% by leaving on Thursday rather than Friday and returning on Monday instead of Saturday.
5. Clear your cache
When you’re searching for flights and accomodation, your computer places cookies in your browser, which enables sites to remember what you’re searching for and in turn, the price might gradually creep up. The solution? Clear your cache regularly.
Airports overcharge for pretty much everything, including food and drinks. So, while it may sound stingy, pack some of your own snacks and drinks to enjoy pre-flight. Not only will you save money, but it’s a healthier option too.
7. Use the right cards
Traveling internationally? Sign yourself up for a credit card or travel money card that waives foreign transaction fees.