How To Travel On A Budget
In 2017, six in 10 Americans took a vacation away from home according to Gallup. And while trips can be a relaxing escape, the costs can quickly add up.
A recent vacation statistics study conducted by Gift Card Granny shows that twenty-seven point five percent of respondents reported that they typically spend between $301 – $600 per person on vacation; $601 – $1,000 per person followed closely behind (26.6%).
Wondering how you can cut costs on your next trip? Here are three simple ways to travel on a budget.
1. Research Low-Cost Airlines
A study conducted by Gift Card Granny showed that Budget-friendly airlines such as Spirit and Wow Air provide cost-conscious prices on airfare. However, you should be aware of the extra service fees that can quickly increase the price of your ticket.
Allow the airline to randomly assign your seat to avoid an additional cost. Consider sharing a piece of luggage with your travel companion and split the checked-baggage fee. Budget airlines usually do not offer complimentary beverages and snacks. Go to Aldi, Target, Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store and stock up on goodies. Pick up a beverage of your choice once you’re near your gate.
2. Use Discount Gift Cards
Gift Card Granny allows consumers to search for and compare thousands of discount gift cards (imagine the Kayak of discount gift cards). Find discount gift cards for hotels, flights, gas and more. Discount gift cards can save shoppers anywhere between 5 percent to 35 percent depending on the brand.
3. Minimize Food Expenses
Considering finding a rental that has a kitchen. A home or apartment allows you the ability to prepare your own meals allowing you to avoid tourist-trap restaurants with high prices.