Tips to Save When Planning Your Next Trip

London, United Kingdom

To get the most travel for your money, you have to strive to save whenever you can. From smart planning to amassing miles on the corporate dime, staying budget-conscious is always a plus. Even if you don’t particularly need to save, why not take some of your budget for transportation and hotels and invest it in some fun activities instead? I did just that when I traveled to Oludeniz, Turkey. I found a great hotel at a nice price, then spent all my remaining money on private beaches, paragliding, and souvenirs. Keep your spending on track with these simple travel planning tricks.

Oludeniz, Turkey

Oludeniz, Turkey

Travel During the Off-Season

The busy tourist season comes with numerous perks like events, lots of people to meet, bright sunny days, and fresh ski slopes. But off-season travel has its own fair share of benefits, too. You’ll find lower price tags on everything, from plane tickets to accommodation to tours, and the crowds thin out. You can take your time enjoying the sights, relish in the milder weather, and take the best travel pictures without large crowds blocking your view.

Prague, Czech Republic

Inside Prague Castle, Before the Christmas craze

Make Sure You Collect Miles and Points

Membership cards, credit cards, and rewards programs all come with perks. Some booking sites offer free nights, airlines reward return customers with miles, and credit card companies offer points for purchases. You can use all of them to travel cheaper. The details may vary based on where you live, but there’s always something you can do. Don’t hesitate to join an airline membership program, get a points-based credit card, or sign up for a hotel rewards program. You’ll have to fill out a few forms, but your efforts pay off in the end.

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Keep an Eye on Special Offers and Deals

If your travel schedule isn’t too rigid, then you can plan your next trip based on the vacation deals that might pique your attention. Sign up for newsletters from airlines, booking sites, hotels, and tour companies to help you stay on top of all the deals and special offers. You might end up with a cluttered inbox, but you can easily solve that problem by sending all of your travel-related emails to a special folder.

Check Offers After You’ve Booked and Collect Coupons

If you have a favorite provider for booking trips, then try to find travel coupons that you can use for a discount. This might bring down the cost of your vacation even more. What’s equally important, however, is that you shouldn’t forget about looking for deals once you’ve booked, especially if you plan well in advance.

London, United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom, Before the Summer Season Peak

For example, I first booked my hotel for this year’s trip to Berlin about six months in advance. In that time, I spotted two better offers, which caused me to rebook my room and cancel the previous booking. That brought down the price of my accommodation by about 100 euros, which equals significant savings.

What about you? Which travel hacks do you use to bring down the price of your travels?

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Travel Tips to Help You Save When Planning Your Next Trip

17 Comment to “Tips to Save When Planning Your Next Trip”

  1. Indrani says:

    Great tips. We did off season travel to Greece, saved up quite a bit. 🙂 And the miles are most important.

  2. Annie says:

    I always tell people that saving, saving, saving is the way to go for planning a trip, then most anyone can manage! I really should look more into collecting miles though, makes a lot of sense.

  3. Chrysoula says:

    Nice tips. I always try to travel off-season or at least not during the peak season. Exactly after that or before that and especially when visiting popular places. It does save you money!

  4. Maddy says:

    Where would you say is the best place to collect now coupons? I keep an eye out for deals but rarely catch a coupon deal. Awesome tips though!!

    • To be honest, I search for “Coupon + name of thing I want a coupon for”, then assess my options. It’s worked in the past. If it’s a company/service I use a lot, I usually have a few coupon sites saved, or they send their own coupons at least once a month.

  5. Lesley says:

    Great tips and I love saving for a trip and utilizing miles and points. I wonder about the first tip though when my daughter goes to school next year. I love to travel during the off season but I don’t know if it will be as easy once I have to follow a school schedule.

    • Lesley, I think you can keep shorter trips off-season. Like weekend getaways? And for the in-season travel, you can save with budget hotels, or choosing to prepare some of your meals if there’s a kitchenette. A strict schedule makes all of this way harder.

  6. Laura Lynch says:

    I like your tip to keep an eye on things and rebook if the prices go down. That technique has helped me save a ton in the past.

  7. I”m always up for saving money. Thanks for the tips. I hope to visit those same Christmas markets next year hopefully. ;_

  8. Mags says:

    All great tips. Everyone loves a cheap Holiday!

  9. Great tips, I always fly with
    Low cost airlines and collect airmiles which I use to book my hotels.

  10. Carol Colborn says:

    Great tips! We try to do all but forget sometimes.

  11. Megan says:

    Some great tips. I love the keep looking after you booked. I recently saved $25 a night and at a better hotel by checking the deals again. Thanks for sharing.

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