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Traveling on a budget? Five helpful tips to help you save

I love traveling but one thing I love even more than traveling is saving money on my trip! Seriously, nothing feels better than paying less for more and that’s what I aim to do on every trip I go on. If you’re a travelista but struggling to live your best life on a budget, here are some helpful hints to help you save money on your next vacay.

  1. Buy flights on a Tuesday

I don’t know the how, when, or why to this but it works. I read a while back on a travel site that flights are usually cheaper when you buy on Tuesdays. I have absolutely no clue why but I can tell you anytime I’ve waited and purchased a flight on a Tuesday it was always less expensive than on other days of the week that I was searching. It doesn’t matter the day that you are actually traveling on buy the tickets on a Tuesday and most likely you will come out saving a few extra bucks.

2. Be your own agent

Travel agents are almost obsolete these days and while I hate to put someone out of a job, you can probably just do it yourself sis! I use bookit.com to book all inclusive vacations. On bookit.com they have tons of resorts where you can put down a small deposit and make monthly payments until your trip is paid for. Searching the site is super easy and you can always do a google search on the resort to learn more than the site offers. In addition to booking your room you can also create a whole itinerary and book excursions as well for your trip.

3. Buy Flights at least 50 days in advance

While I don’t know the in’s and outs of why it is, I can imagine that flights get booked and airlines also raise prices because they know people get desperate as it get closer to the date of their trip. While I have found some inexpensive flights for short trips a few weeks in advance, for international flights I have always noticed that flights only get more expensive as time goes up. So instead of waiting until the last minute, get your flights taken care of first. The 50 day mark tends to be the sweet spot for buying flights so try if you can to purchase around 50 days in advance. Also, the hopper app is great for keeping track of flight prices. It lets you know when flights are projected to go up or down.  

4. Don’t commit to one airline

Committing to one airline is great if you are racking up points or miles but if you aren’t and you are on a tight budget, it’s best to just see what works best for your pockets. Kiwi.com is great for searching for flights. You simply put in your dates of travel and destination and from there kiwi lets you know the prices for several different airlines. However, if you really want to save, don’t purchase your flight from Kiwi as their quoted price is about $10 extra from the actual airlines prices. Once you find out which airline has the best price go directly to their site and purchase your tickets for a lower price.

5. Try out Groupon for getaways

I use to work for Groupon in customer service for their local and goods deals and while the company was not without its hiccups, the getaways department that handled hotel and resort deals was where everyone wanted to be. Groupon is great for saving money on vacations. Typically when hotels and resorts are unable to meet their quotas they team up with groupon so they are still making a fraction of income for those unbooked rooms by offering deals for much cheaper. Sometimes Groupon also has all inclusive trips for a third of what you would normally pay. The thing with Groupon though is that those deals don’t last. You have to have your money ready to purchase and be sure that your dates of travel match up with the dates Groupon has available and that there are no blackout dates. While there are some restrictions you want to be sure to look out for, you can definitely find great trips for vacations all around the world with Groupon.

I have had a lot of success in saving on my traveling with all of these tips in fact I literally just used kiwi to find a flight today. If you’re a savvy shopper and travelista on a budget I’m sure you will put these tips to use.

What’s Your Go-to Saving Tip for Traveling?

Love & Light

Ashley

By Ashley Renee

Ashley Renee is a soul food enthusiast, sometimes plant based, spoken word poet, who doesn't trust boxed macaroni or cats. To keep up with her head over to her twitter and Instagram @ashleyreneepoet also check out her website. https://www.poetashleyrenee.com

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