One of the biggest expenses when it comes to booking travel is booking accommodations. Even the most basic of hostels can quickly add up on a long trip, and most travelers look to save money on this expensive part of their travel budget.
One hack is to book an overnight flight or overnight bus in order to save money on accommodations. Overnight flights let you sleep comfortably (or as comfortable as sleeping on an airplane can be!), allowing you to arrive at your destination well-rested.
Read Up On Local Holidays
When it comes to traveling, there are times when doing a bit of research can save us a lot of stress. One example is knowing the local holidays. Whether they are religious, secular “bank holidays” or week-long celebrations, these special times can mean that shops, tourist attractions, and restaurants are generally closed.
Certain holidays can also mean that public transportation, banks, or even supermarkets are closed which can make travel a nightmare. If you can’t avoid the holiday, make adequate plans such as stocking up on groceries or getting all of your sightseeing done beforehand.
Double-Bag and Tape Toiletries
Known as the “mystery leak,” many people open their luggage only to find that their clothes and other belongings are soaked with some strange liquid. The culprit? Usually a bottle of shampoo or other toiletries that exploded or leaked during travel.
Between changes in air pressure and overly rough baggage handlers, the possibilities of a cap unscrewing or bottle breaking are great. Using tape to seal caps and then wrapping those taped-up bottles in large waterproof plastic bags will ensure that your suitcase stays dry and your shampoo lives to see another day.
Give Your Credit Card Company the Scoop on Your Plans
Though it can be easy to forget, notifying your credit card company about your upcoming trip is a must on every traveler’s “to-do” list. Many companies automatically freeze your credit card or flag transactions as fraud if there is any activity that they deem suspicious (especially charges in a foreign country).
Getting stuck abroad without a working credit card is stressful and can even be dangerous in the case of an emergency. Always alert your credit card company about your travel plans and when you will be coming back.
Take Advantage of Freebies
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, can all add up when you’re traveling, especially if you’re new to a city. One way to save a bit is by staying in a hotel with a complimentary breakfast.
Many hotels offer a free breakfast including coffee and other refreshments. Eating a big (and free) breakfast can help save you money as that's one less meal that you have to pay for. Some hotels even offer other complimentary meals or snacks throughout the day or offer complimentary coffee or tea. Don’t be scared to take advantage of these perks.