5 Ways You Can Cut Travel Costs

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Everyone is looking for the deal, but there are other ways to cut the cost of getting away.

Keep more money in your pocket so you’re ready for the next vacation.

1.  Hotels 

-Book hotels that are centrally located, near public transportation or close by the activities you want to do.  This cuts transportation costs.

-Ask about packages which include the room, tour/city activity or restaurants.

-Join the hotel’s rewards program – you’ll benefit from things like room upgrades, daily newspapers and free wifi to name a few of the amenities which are part of hotel frequent-stay programs. 

-Always stay at the same hotel brand to build points for free nights and discounts at restaurants and spa/wellness amenities.

photo. Hawkeye Hotels. holiday-inn-express-crestwood, Illinois. exterior2

IHG Hotel group offers many hotel options in cities around the world.


2.  City Tours

-Stop by the visitors center for discount coupons and information.  Ask about activities around the city that are free! Waiting until you are in the city – you may find more discounts.  Staff working in visitor centers are well connected and informed about what’s going on and where to find off-the-beaten path activities.

-While at the visitors center grab a map, do a bit of research and go on a self-guided walking tour.  You can go at your own pace and you are saving money too!

-Check for coupons online with sites like Groupon


Most cities have several options for tours. Walking tours, self-guided, buses and boats.


3.  Tipping

Its is part of most things we do – taxi rides, restaurants, hotel staff.  There is little you can do to cut the cost of tipping. But, you can make choices where tipping is not expected or you can control the amount.

– Take public transportation or walk instead of taking a taxi

– Choose reasonably priced restaurants where your total bill is less – meaning less actual dollars to tip

– Select hotels where breakfast is included.  You only have to pay a tip.

– Avoid tipping by staying in vacation rentals where you do your cooking and bar-tending.  You’ll also save on luggage handling tips, and daily tips for maid service. 


Even if the drinks are free tipping shows appreciation and supplements the salaries of service providers.


4.  Souvenir shopping

Even the most frugal traveler will want to bring something home at some point

-Stay away from the shops in the tourists area – everyone knows this but waiting until the last minute will cause you to buy under pressure.  That usually means at the hotel, airport or souvenir shop.

-Look for inexpensive souvenirs – outdoor markets and street vendors can offer deals.  Purchase local products such as coffee, jellies and candies.

-Purchase goodies to take home from the local grocery store or food market. Many will have souvenirs at much lower prices.


Check out small markets and craft vendors.


5. Stay connected 

Traveling for business, leisure and with the kids – staying connected is a priority these days.

-Book hotels which offer free wifi.  In the room is best, but most properties will have free wifi in the lobby area.

-Ask how many devices can use the hotel room wifi – there is usually a limit and there may be a fee for more than two devices

-On cruise ships wifi is costly. Wait until you are in port and check-out the local cafes offering free wifi

-Use your smart phone as a hot spot or purchase a hot spot which can handle several devices and is less expensive in the long run.


Few people totally disconnect on vacation.


 Add your tips!  How do you save when traveling?


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