Best Mode Of Transport – Ways To Travel Smarter And Cheaper – Cheapest Ways To Travel
With trains and buses, book well in advance and in AC, if possible. This will ensure that everyone will get comfortable seats.
TIPS TO TRAVEL SMARTER IN FLIGHT
Plan in advance and visit discount websites to see if there are better deals. While these sites might charge you a service fee, they can easily combine flight segments from different airlines to give you a better deal.
You might think connecting sucks but it sure saves you a good chunk of money doing it. Consider the pros and cons and donʼt write it off right away.
Airlines are starting to charge for everything now and if you have two bags or more, expect to be charged for it. Remember to not use over–sized bags whenever possible and try to keep it all within one bag per person.
Always look into round-trip tickets
Sometimes, oneway tickets are so expensive that the round-trip ticket is cheaper. Just donʼt use the return-trip. (I know itʼs weird but Iʼve seen it myself).
Try to get back to the same airport
Flying in and out of the same airport is almost always cheaper. Itʼs not only the flight tickets but the car rentals as well.
Travelling to two countries
If you are planning to stay in two countries and an airline makes you change planes in those countries anyway, you might be in luck. Check pricing on the flights to see if you can stay a few days at the country of the flight-change instead of changing planes right away since airlines often let you do that for the same price.
MEALS AND FOOD CHOICES
Plan your meals
Figure out where you will be and eat before you actually go out. This is not just good for your wallet, but your stomach too since you will probably find economical restaurants that taste great.
Cook for yourself
Not many people do this but cooking while on vacation can sometimes be quite fun. Since the experience is new (cook ware, dining area, supermarkets, etc), itʼs actually quite fun.
Want a breakfast that costs nothing? Ask for some bread to-go at the restaurant the night before.
Avoid breakfasts from the hotels
Chances are good that the breakfast from the hotel is expensive and isnʼt great. It probably pays to walk out of the front door in the morning and find a local cafe. You might just stumble onto the local favourite.
Eat more at lunch than dinners
Fancy lunches are often much less expensive than dinners. If you eat a big breakfast and lunch and a light dinner, itʼs also healthier.
Be specific with car rentals
One-way car rentals (when the pickup and drop-off locations are different) are sometimes more than twice the price of standard rentals, especially if the two locations are in different states (or countries). If you need the car for seven days and will be in the same city for five and another city for two for example, break the rental period in two and have a five-day same-location rental and another two-day one-day rental. You might need to go back to the rental facility, but it really doesnʼt take that long and it might save you a few hundred dollars.
Car rental coverage
Some insurances and many credit cards have car rental coverage, so take advan tage of those when you rent a car. All you have to do is pay with the credit card that will cover you. (Just make sure you decline the coverage from the rental company when they ask.)
Size of the car
I used to always get the smallest car possible because not only do I not need the extra room, I also didnʼt want to pay for the extra gas that bigger cars need.
Children car seats
If you are travelling with kids, you might think that bringing the car seat is cheaper. Call the car rental company and ask about rental prices. With airlines charging for extra luggage, it might save to just rent it.
Fill up that rental car
If you are renting a car and need fuel, just fill her up with regular gas since thatʼs what the car rental company uses anyway. Also, decline those services that fill the gas tank up for you. Even though it seems like the advertised price is cheap, they charge you for a full tank of gas regardless of how much is left in there when you bring the car back.
Sometimes, car rental companies have coupon codes that can be used. Search the Internet.
Rail, metros and subway
If you are travelling to Europe, do research on multi-trip discounts. Many metros and rails have passes such as a three-day unlimited travel passes which might be worth the cost.
Night train and flights
If the transportation is going to be long, consider travelling at night to save money on accommodation and many hours of time. Many people have a tough time sleeping on these, but itʼs all mental. Once you get used to it, you will be able to have a good nightʼs rest.
Take the slower transportation
If flying is too short for you to take advantage of, sleeping while travelling, take a bus ride. When you are sleeping, you wonʼt mind that the bus ride is seven hours.
Avoid taxis and welcome public transportation
Tourists usually take taxis since itʼs the laziest way to get from point A to point B. Consider the subway or buses because itʼs sometimes easier and it is much cheaper.
Driving is not bad
Want to take that one-hour flight? With airport security and all the hassle of airport inefficiencies, you might as well drive there (it takes just as long and itʼs less expensive). Once you get there, having a car is also much easier than needing to take your bags everywhere.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES
Watch that currency
If you never really had a preference in travel destinations, consider the exchange rate when you travel. This sometimes makes the biggest difference.
Many exchange centres have very bad exchange rates, so donʼt go there. Search the Internet to find out good places to get cash in the local currency. For example, a quick search tells you that the best exchange rate is found at the airport and using ATMs in Taiwan and France respectively.
Try using the local version of the same website
Due to the rapid change in currency rates, it could be much cheaper to book using the local currency. How do you do that? Go to the local version of the same website.
Staying in a town next door
Sometimes the smaller towns close to where you are going have hotels that are much less expensive. If you donʼt mind the 15-minute ride, you might just save that bundle.
These are pretty cool and popular, especially in Europe. Your trip might not be as romantic as The Holiday (movie with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law) but if you are of the adventure type, this could be exciting and refreshing).
Sometimes smaller hotel chains are willing to give you free upgrades (or even free nights). If you already have a reservation booked elsewhere. Call them up and tell them that you would consider changing if you can get an additional night free.
If you are staying at a destination for at least a few days, consider a vacation home instead of hotels. They are often more comfortable and your cost will probably be cheaper.
Instead of having two rooms, consider the two-bedroom suites that some hotels provide. They will end up being cheaper and you get just as much privacy with your own room.
SHOPPING AND SIGHTSEEING
Many airports have duty-free shops that you can take advantage of. They might not be the best deal around if you donʼt consider taxes, but tax-free might make it the least expensive option.
Some countries let you get all or part of the retail sales tax back. You might have to fill out forms and show proofs but, if large purchases are made aboard, it can save you a bundle.
Tourist spots may not be that hot
Many countries have tourist spots that arenʼt really the most interesting places to go to, not to mention that everything is more expensive around that area. If youʼve been to that place already, thereʼs no point seeing it again and again. Instead, go to local areas and observe life. It might just spice up your vacation.
If your destination isnʼt that far away, consider asking the locals directions and walking there. Itʼs a great chance for you to see the city and take pictures.
Enjoy the local version
Many consumables are less expensive when itʼs made in the country you are visiting. Consider trying their local beer, coffee or food. You might be surprised at how great and cheap it really is.
OTHER SIMPLE TIPS
Be a little flexible with travel days
Many prices are based on supply and demand, so sometimes itʼs much cheaper to leave the day before (or after) instead. Look around the dates of your travel plans and see if spending an extra day is worth it. This makes a difference, especially around major holidays.
Book a bundle
There are many package deals that save you money if you book hotels and flights together. Basically, the more business you can give them, the better discount they can give you.
Go skip off-season
Everyone wants to skin Kashmir or go to Goa in the winter. Consider this type of vacations in off-peak times (going skiing in the spring time for example). Itʼs cheaper and less crowded.
Travel around home
Overseas travel might be your dream vacation, but there are actually many places close by that are very interesting as well. Check out those lesser known places and the local experience might very well be great.
Try booking at different times
Online sites sometimes have rates based on the time and day of the week you book. Try different combinations and see if you can get a better deal.
Bid your own price
Some sites have a great system where you can name your own price on flights, hotels and car rentals. If the same offer is available, Iʼve always saved money bidding for it.
Some countries have discount stores where they sell all kinds of tickets at a discount. In that store, Iʼve even seen gift cards for department stores. So if you are buying something anyway, those stores, will give you an instant deal.
Donʼt give up looking for deals
Even if you have your plans set, keep trying to look for deals. Reservations can often be cancelled with a full refund, so if you find a last-minute deal that fits into your plans, take advantage of it. Reward points: Even if you arenʼt a frequent traveller, sign up for those reward programmes since you might qualify eventually. Itʼs all free anyway and if you finally get enough points, you can get always get something free.
Go to the grocery store
Even if you are away from home, chances are high that there are grocery stores where you are travelling to. Itʼs worth it to take a trip there and get snacks, water and everything you need for your trip since hotels overcharge.
Age, student and membership discounts
Many attractions like theme parks, museums and others have discounts for seniors, children or students. If you are travelling, remember to take your ID and membership cards with you that might qualify you for these.
We all know there are group discounts everywhere. To take advantage, team up with a few friends and go to the same destinations together. You can even set it up so there is no obligation to be everywhere together.
Iʼm not talking about bus tours that take days but one-day tours that take you to many different places within the city. Not only will they take you to places you probably want to visit anyway, the bus driver is usually quite entertaining and informative as well.