The Best Money-Saving Tips for Travel

We’ve all heard it. A lot of us have probably even said it. “I can’t afford to travel.” While it’s true that travel can be seen as a luxury, it certainly doesn’t have to be one. Which is great, since there are few experiences that are better at enriching our souls, expanding our minds and creating lifelong memories. If you think a getaway simply isn’t in your budget, we’d like to present you with an alternative point of view. Read on for some of the best money-saving travel tips we’ve found when it comes to putting travel within reach.  

Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Most cities are fairly dense, especially in downtown areas. Thankfully, any city worth its salt will also have a myriad of ways to get around that are both effective and inexpensive. Buses, trolleys, light rail — you can count on them all to have regular schedules, convenient stops, and routes that take you close to anywhere you’d like to go. So skip the car rental and pass on the pricey rideshare. 

Seek Out Free Activities

Chances are your destination will have lots of great things to do. And with a little careful planning, you can build in all kinds of low- and no-cost ways to spend your time. Headed to San Diego? We recommend hitting up the picnic areas, public art, and green space at Balboa Park — which also includes many world-class museums (many of which have free admission days!). We also suggest picking a trail and hiking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, where you can catch a glimpse of one of the rarest trees in existence. The city also has loads of free concerts, farmers markets, and other amazing attractions you can check out without an admission or entry fee.   

Pack Like a Pro

Saving money starts with saving space. Light suitcases aren’t just easier to travel with — they’re also a great way to save on expensive airline baggage fees. You’ll want to set aside some time to pack early so that you don’t find yourself throwing things willy-nilly into a bag in panic mode the night before. Rolling clothes rather than folding them takes up far less space, and shoes are both heavy and soak up a lot of space. So being truly judicious about what you absolutely need (and don’t) is one of the best ways to save. 

Enjoy the Off-Season

Most desirable destinations don’t like to admit it, but there is such a thing as an off-season. And since prices are at a premium during the peaks, it stands to reason that things would be more affordable during the valleys. So speaking of peaks, why not head to a mountain ski resort during the summer? The scenery is just as beautiful, and you’ll get great customer service. Summer is also a great time to go to Las Vegas. Sure, it’s hot. But as long as you pack sunscreen and stay inside during the day, the rest of Sin City is your oyster — since the casinos and shows are still open for business. Want a winter escape? Take an Alaskan cruise. By doing a little research, you’ll be able to make your travel dollar stretch a lot further. 

Book Direct

Travel sites are all the rage. And sure, they can be convenient. But when it comes to getting the best rate, extras, flexibility and available dates, it’s always best to book directly. Search accommodations on those sites, certainly. But once you choose a hotel, definitely make it a point to visit their site and book using the reservation portal. A hotel’s site will always offer the best and lowest rates as well as having the most up-to-date information on any upgrades or deals that happen to be available. 

Surf the Specials

Travel and hospitality businesses are in the business of earning your business. It’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure that your experience is enjoyable and affordable. So tour companies, restaurants, and hotels are always happy to offer specials, packages, and discounts to travelers as a means of helping make the decision-making process a simple one. So if you’re looking for some serious money-saving bundles, Days Inn San Diego Circle is happy to help. Just stop by our Specials and Offers page and check out the attractive packages we’ve put together. There’s sure to be one that’s right for you. We look forward to welcoming you once you decide!