Do you find yourself traveling on a regular basis? Are you always looking for ways to save money? Have you come to the conclusion that you don’t always watch your spending while you’re on the road?
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s imperative that you set a budget and stick with it no matter what.
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This leads to a very important question: what are some of the many expenses that you can cut from your travel budget?
While every traveler is different, there are several expenses you should review in an attempt to save money (even if only a little bit here and there).
So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s examine a few of these expenses:Checked Bag Fees
Traveling by plane is often the most time efficient way to reach your destination. Even better is the fact that you can book a flight online (along with a hotel for your stay) as a means of saving time and money.
Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of checking at least one bag.
While there are times when you won’t have another choice, such as if you are traveling with your family for an entire week of vacation, you should consider if there is any way to get all your items into your carry on.
For many, it all comes down to following a few key packing tips.
Regardless of the hotel you’re booking, there’s a good chance that there will be a few upgrades available to you.
For instance, when using Expedia to book a Manila hotel, you’ll find that there is more than one room option at most hotels.
You may be tempted to pay for an upgrade, such as if you’re visiting the Pan Pacific Manila Hotel, but the better thing to do is wait until you arrive. Once you arrive, you can then ask about any upgrades that are available. Depending on when you’re visiting, how crowded the hotel is, and how long you’re staying, you may receive a free upgrade.
It’s easy to get into the habit of spending a lot of money while you’re waiting to board your flight.
There may be times when you have no choice but to make a purchase, such as if you forgot something at home, but don’t make this a habit.
Remember this: airport stores know that there will always be travelers who have to (or want to) make a purchase. This results in higher than average prices, which can make a big dent in your wallet.
There will be times when you need to rent a car. For instance, if you’re taking a family vacation, you may need a minivan in order to get around.
There’s nothing wrong with this, but you should first consider your other options. For example, you may be able to rely on a hotel shuttle to get around.
The cost of a rental car is nothing to take lightly, as this can really add up as the days go by. If you can avoid this, you may be able to save hundreds (or possibly even thousands) of dollars.
If you don’t rent a car, you’ll need to find other ways to get around. Your first thought may be a taxi, but this expense can add up.
There are other transportation methods to consider, such as Uber, hotel shuttle, and public transportation.
There’s nothing wrong with using the services of a taxi every now and again, but don’t do this too often.
As you can see, there are many travel expenses that can hold you back from staying within budget.
Get this: if you’re able to eliminate one or more of the expenses above, it will go a long way in saving you money and putting you in a better financial position.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have to spend money to have a good time. There are ways to get everything you want, all without overspending.
What are your thoughts on these tips for saving money on common travel expenses? Could one or more of these help you save money on your next trip? Share your personal thoughts and advice in the comment section below.