Traveling can be a costly business.
There’s the expense of buying new clothes, booking your flights, parking your car and paying for a hotel—and that’s before you’ve spent a single dollar on eating out, exploring the sights, sending a postcard, buying souvenirs or kicking back with a drink.
The seemingly never-ending flow of cash from your pocket is especially noticeable if you’re infected with the travel bug. This incurable desire to travel the globe is broadening your mind, but it’s also making your bank balance melt faster than ice cream in the desert.
But there are plenty of ways to get your travel fix AND save money.
Listed below, we’ve put together just a few ways you can knock some dollars off your next adventure. From cheap flights and airport parking to making sure you know how to haggle once you reach your destination—it’s all here, our intrepid adventurer.
Take a look …
Search around for cheap flights
There are plenty of options when it comes to booking flights, but we recommend using a comparison service to find the best deal. Sites like Skyscanner, Air Ninja and Kayak are great if you want to group the main carriers and cheaper airlines together for the best results.
Top tip: Remember to search for flights in private browsing or incognito mode, because the cookies on a website and the repeated search of a flight or flights will combine to increase the price of a particular route. Very sneaky. Very sneaky, indeed.
Pre-book your airport parking
Inflated prices and a lack of parking spots may prevent some folk taking their own vehicle to the airport, but the reality is actually much different. Modern airports are replete with parking spaces, with a number of parking operators offering great deals for short-term or long-term parking.
Top tip: We recommend using the coast-to-coast airport parking comparison service Looking4.com to find the best deal on your parking. It’ll save you time and money, which you can use to fund your adventures at your destination. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Don’t be afraid to haggle
Plan to hit the street markets after you touch down at your destination? You’ll need to educate yourself on how to haggle. From food to souvenirs, learning how to negotiate a better price will not only save you cash but give you an important cultural lesson.
Top tip: In a haggling situation, it’s vital to keep your cool—stay composed, don’t be a pushover, and be prepared to walk away if you don’t get the price you like. It’s also key that you don’t look like a tourist, so leave your Rolex (if only) and your fancy clothes at the hotel, you rascal.
Now it’s over to you …
How do you save money on your trips away? Are you an expert on the art of thrift? Please let us know in the comments section—we’d love to hear from you.