If summer is the season of travel, it’s also the season of spending. That’s because you need a vacation, right? So here are a few tips on how to make summer travel less expensive.
1. Go somewhere unique.
Europe is beautiful, but not cheap. Consider going where the adventures are: Central or South America, Africa, or parts of Asia, which can offer more bang for every dollar you spend.
2. Compare flights and plan ahead.
3. Keep your travel dates flexible.
The price of plane tickets can fluctuate a lot even day-to-day. Keep an open departure and return date and you could spend a lot less.
4. Don’t forget to compare hotels.
Or if you’re truly budget minded, stick to hostels and book directly via phone or their website. These days hostels can have amenities that rival hotels (at a lower price).
5. If going abroad, pursue a “local” experience.
That means eat the national cuisine. Travel independently. Use taxis instead of tour buses. Not only will you spend less, you’ll have a better trip.