1. Travel off-season & be flexible
While holidaying in the warmer months is always lovely, if you’re willing to travel out of peak season, there’s a lot of money to be saved. Similarly, if you’re happy to move around your plans, you’re more likely to grab a bargain.
2. Take a tour
Check out some tours as there are always great deals to be had. While many tours are expensive, you can save a small fortune by joining a tour rather than going it alone and booking everything separately.
3. Join loyalty programs
You’ve likely already got a bunch of loyalty cards in your wallet that are earning you travel points, but there are also many loyalty programs to join for accommodation such as Hilton HHonors and Marriott Rewards offering discounted rates and even free nights.
4. Use your points
It’s no use simply accumulating points every time you do your grocery shopping if you’re not using up your points earned. Don’t forget to use them to help fund your travel. Airlines are more eager than ever to fill seats so you can expect more available to purchase and fewer blackout dates.
5. Start saving
If you haven’t already, start saving now for travel. Create a separate account and make it difficult to withdraw from so that you can start saving for travel this year. Grow your money faster than in your average savings account by using investment apps.
6. Automate those savings
Now that you have a separate savings account for travel you should automate your savings. Automatically deposit a portion of your salary each week or month (depending on whether your savings account rewards more frequent payments).
7. Cook your own meals
While eating out and trying new fare is one of the best things about travel, you can cut way down on your travel costs if you choose to cook all or most of your meals yourself. When you arrive in a new destination your first stop should be to the supermarket to stock up.
8. Sign up for newsletters
Sign up for airline, hotel chain and car-hire newsletters. While it can be a pain to sift through endless emails, this is the best way to get yourself a serious bargain. Companies will circulate special offers and price reductions via email.
9. Sign up for alerts
Perhaps the most expensive when it comes to travel is your airfares. You can make significant savings by signing up for price alerts for flights you want. While this means planning ahead and waiting for cheaper deals, it can save you a lot.
10. Get a job overseas
If all else fails, get a job overseas so you can explore a new country while you work. There are plenty of opportunities if you’re not too picky. Remember this isn’t a new career, just a way to travel for cheap.