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Hi there, here are a few more money saving tips for your travels. I know how hard it can be to save up for travel. A lot of travel expenses are getting more expensive every day. So each time I run across a way to save a few bucks, I want to share them. For more tips, check out he previous post 10 Money Saving Tips: Part 1
1. Look into alternative accommodation: Depending on where you are traveling, your hotel expense could be one of your big ticket items. For our trip to Italy we booked almost exclusively with Airbnb.com. The average hotel price in Venice during our stay is $319 a night. Geesh! Instead we ended up getting an awesome private, fully equipped apartment, about two blocks away from St. Mark's square for $159. There were lots that were cheaper than that too, but we wanted to splurge a bit and get one closer to St. Mark's. The Picture to the left is of an house in Rome through airbnb.com to rent for only $151 a night and sleeps 5! Get two couples together and you're spending $75 a night to stay in luxury. Many of the apartments have lots of reviews so you can make a good decision on what is best for you.
2. Travel during the shoulder season: There is also the off season, but sometimes that isn't worth it. It is the off season for a reason. You might save a lot of money, but end up not being able to do a lot because it's raining cats and dogs the whole time. Instead, look at traveling during the shoulder season. You'll have more luck with weather, still have smaller crowds and still save money. That way you can have a good time too. Nothing would be worse than saving for a year for a trip and spending the whole time in your hotel room because there's a hurricane approaching.
3. Start saving money at home: I am a big advocate of budgeting at home too. I'm always looking for a way to save a few bucks. But, if you are having a hard time saving for that dream vacation, look at home and see if there is anywhere that you can cut back (at least for a while) to put that extra money into savings. This could mean packing your lunch everyday, not getting that gas station soda or Starbucks. This also could be looking into discounts for those monthly things that you need. I called our cell phone carrier to see if we qualified for any employer sponsored corporate discounts. Sometimes your employer negotiates discounts for their employees that you may not be aware of. Also, if you work for a non-profit or government agency, those could be available to you too. We ended up getting 12% discount on our cell phone contract with just a simple phone call. Our car insurance carrier also had some discounts available that we took advantage of. If there's nothing good right now on Hulu or Netflix, suspend your account for a few months and put that money into savings. There's no reason to spend money on things that you're not using or enjoying when you've got something you really want to do. You can also sell things you aren't using anymore. We just go rid of a treadmill and a futon that were just taking up space. Not only is that found money, but found extra space at our house. Huzzah! When I'm in the zone, I start to get addicted to finding savings. It's a good vice to have. I know it can be tough to do though. After a long week, you just want to (Insert your favorite splurge). Just remind yourself, "Do I want this pizza now, or do I want this pizza in Rome?" "Do I need to get my nails done every two weeks, or do I want to spend two weeks in Hawaii?" I know what I want to do!
4. If you do get rained out on your vacation, don't let that day go to waste: Lots of tourist destinations have time share condos. Those time shares often offer tours and give you a gift for taking the tour. The tours usually take a couple of hours, but then you often get something pretty sweet. My family used to go to Disney World at Christmas and there was always one day that we'd get rained out. We'd go on a timeshare tour and get free tickets to Universal Studios or Sea World. If you've got a big family, that can add up to a lot of money saved. Now, this might seem like cheating the system, but they know how it works and are betting that their salesmen can close the deal. And hey, you may be interested in getting a time share... I don't know right? They are really good at their jobs though. We knew what we were doing and, one year, we were seriously considering buying a time share. This strategy is not for the faint of heart! But it is something to do on an otherwise rainy day that will get you some cool freebies.
The most important thing is to SET GOALS. It's hard to work towards something if you don't know how much you need. Once you've got your goal, start chipping away and make those travel dreams into reality! If you need help coming up with a budget or setting goals. Let me know, it's one of my favorite things to do!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz