Do you have a trip on your bucket list that you’re convinced is too expensive for your budget? With a little creativity and flexibility, many destinations can be explored on a smaller budget. Flying first class and staying in luxury hotels is not an option for most travelers. The trick to booking an affordable trip lies in advanced planning. Follow these recommendations from the professional travel agents and travel gurus to jump start the planning for a trip at the top of your bucket list.
The first step is to determine your budget and identify your travel dates. Be flexible with dates. Many transportation options and accommodations offer reduced rates for mid-week travel and mid-week stays. Ideally, you should begin the planning for your trip at least six months in advance. If you have a large urban city on your bucket list, there are a multitude of options for reducing costs. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and check out the sweet deals on car rental rates available from Alamo. If your destination is too far to drive, consider booking your flight into a secondary airport near the urban area. These flights are often substantially cheaper. Be sure to compare fares mid-week versus weekend fares.
One of the great money savings tips for securing affordable accommodations is to book a room outside of the city center. Most large cities have extensive subway systems and selecting an area at the last stop on the subway will often result in substantially lower rates. An increasingly popular option for accommodations is the rental of a private room in a condominium or home. More often than not these rooms will offer a private bath. There are several reputable websites that list and profile rooms for rent in many different urban areas. Be sure to read the reviews from previous travelers as these often provide great insight and details that can have an impact on the quality of your stay.
Finally, avoid expensive tourist areas for dining. Smaller grocers and kiosks often offer the least expensive fare. Eat like a local! Have a grand time exploring the major urban area on your bucket list.