Our good friends and sponsors over at Allianz Global Assistance, a leader in travel insurance, are sharing their top 10 tips for travelers of all ages to save money while traveling this year. Hopefully, these tips will help while traveling on a budget. I know it’s not that easy, especially while simultaneously paying off student loans or coordinating a trip for a family of four, but it can always be easier.
- Pick a place with added benefits
Hotels are competing for your stay these days, pick a hotel that offers added amenities that you will USE, like complimentary morning coffee or a free fitness center. Sites like Hotels.com can be a great resource for pre-trip planning. And if you know you won’t take advantage of any of these add-ons, looking into sharing economy services like Airbnb.
- Avoid hectic travel days
If you don’t have to take a vacation over a school holiday, then don’t. Travel during off peak times, days and hours to get the best rates for your flight and lodging.
- Sign up for travel newsletters
Need a vacation but not sure where to go? Sign up for travel newsletters from your favorite travel news sources and brands so you are in the know of “insider” sales and offers. Sign up here to get advice from one of our favorite travel bloggers, Lee Abbamonte.
- Mid-day meals
Make lunch your big meal, rather than dinner. Restaurants usually offer cheaper menus for lunch compared to dinner while still letting guests some of their signature items. Always travel with snacks and water bottles so you’re not spending extra money on items you can take from home, as long as you plan ahead. Also check out these tips from TravelingMom.com.
- See the city by foot
Taxi rides can add up, especially when traveling with a large group. See the city or town by foot and discover hidden gems….you’ll get some exercise while you’re at it! City Walking Guide provides walking tours of top US cities.
- Travel locally
Not only is it usually cheaper to eat local, but you should travel local too. Be a tourist in your own city and explore new neighborhoods in your own backyard without having to drive or fly!
- Plastic perks
Do your research to find a travel focused credit card that you can take advantage of its benefits. Use that card for booking all expenses to obtain the most return for future trips. Travel blogger Johnny Jet is a great resource for expert tips, check out his recent credit card recommendations here.
- Off-the-beaten-path trips
Don’t follow what’s “popular” or “in.” Instead of visiting major cities and popular countries, travel to less popular locations. For example, skip Brazil and head to Bolivia!
- Discounts and coupons
Don’t be afraid to ask if there is an AAA or Senior discount when booking a hotel. Better in your pocket, right? Also, if you must rent a car, rental companies usually have coupon codes that can be used. Search the internet.
- Life is unpredictable. Some trips need to be canceled.
Life happens and often times travelers aren’t able to take their trips due to an illness or family emergency. With travel insurance from Allianz Global Assistance, travelers don’t necessarily have to pay for a trip they are unable to take. To see a full list of benefits provided through a policy, visit allianztravelinsurance.com.
Disclaimer: I have partnered with and receive financial compensation from Allianz Global Assistance. However, everything written in this post is from and based upon my own annual policy.
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