In light of the recent state of the economy, you may be feeling like you need to scale back your finances and skip your vacation this year. The following article will provide you with some helpful, money saving travel tips.
Before you go on a trip, ask around for tips from friends and family. See who has been there before and/or what they’d recommend you either visit or avoid. Are there particular restaurants, sights, or shows you should see? You can also check out sites on the internet that provide advice from fellow travelers.
Invest in a waterproof wallet. You no doubt need your wallet and its contents safe. While traveling, it can be easy to forget about what you have in your pockets. Having a waterproof wallet is a great idea for anyone who plans on going to the ocean or sitting poolside.
If you have allergies to cats, dogs or even dust, you should bring your allergy medicine along with you on the plane. People tend to bring their animals along on flights. Even if the animal isn’t accompanying them on the trip, they still have pet dander on their clothes.
If you are traveling road-trip style and you have a smart phone, try downloading apps such as GasBuddy so you can look up what gas stations have the cheaper prices before you get into town. Spending 10-11 cents more per gallon can add up to quite a lot of extra cash that you could be spending elsewhere.
If you are planning to fly, make sure that you purchase your ticket under the same exact name that is on your identification. Airport security has increased these past years and you don’t want to get to the airport and realize that you are not allowed to fly because your ID doesn’t match up to your ticket.
As you make your travel arrangements, consider renting a vacation home from the residence’s owners. There is a large selection of properties online, and owners are usually very willing to negotiate the price of the home. At a hotel, the employees can’t always authorize those types of changes to the rate. Always ask for references and make sure that you look at a lot of pictures of the home before you book your vacation.
Beware of high cell phone charges when travelling overseas. Cell phones are usually the most expensive way to contact someone at home when you are abroad. E-mail or Skype are the cheapest options, but if you prefer to use a telephone, buying a phone card and using a local payphone can also be relatively cheap.
Make sure you get the latest e-newsletters of the airlines you use. These pieces of information contain last-minute offers, discounts and various deals that may be unavailable to the general public. Yes, they will fill your inbox more, but the rewards and savings can be worth it.
Make sure you don’t fall asleep before eight pm so you can adjust faster to a different time zone. Resist the urge to fall asleep too early because this will only prolong the disorientation of jet lag. Your jet lag will end more quickly if you immerse yourself in the current time zone.
To be prepared for travel, make sure you pack light. Bring just what you need, which is always less than you think. You can wash clothes on the road – at your hotel, at a laundromat, or even in a sink. Do not pack so much that your bag becomes cumbersome.
If you plan on going backpacking, make sure you pack the proper gear. Even the most experienced backpackers can get lost, so it is important to bring flashlights, food, large amounts of water, matches and first aid supplies. Also, dress appropriately. Wear layers and avoid cotton clothing and jeans.
Make sure to do some research on car rental rates when traveling. These rates tend to fluctuate more than those of airlines, but they don’t require money down until you are at the counter. Make a reservation and keep tabs on the rates to make sure they don’t drop. If they do, make a new reservation at the lower price to save money.
Joining an online travel forum can help answer any questions you may have about your trip, before you actually head out the door. The best forums have many experienced travelers as members and they can give you advice and pointers, so you can get the most out of your trip.
When you are preparing to go on a trip, make a list. Carefully consider everything you will need for the duration of the trip. Remember to check the current rules concerning chemicals, or items, not allowed in a commercial plane or boat. The list will go far in making your travels simpler.
The economy being poor and money being hard to come by is no excuse to avoid this year’s vacation. If you use the advice that was provided to you in this article, you are taking the first steps of planning an affordable vacation.