The Spendthrift’s Guide to Traveling on the Cheap – Tip #1

The Spendthrift’s Guide to Traveling on the Cheap – Tip #1

The Spendthrifts Guide Tip One

This economy has forced most of us to step back and re-evaluate our finances, particularly when it comes to discretionary spending. Most of us have been forced to tighten our belts and carefully consider every dollar that leaves our bank accounts.   However, there is still a way to be fiscally responsible and satisfy your wanderlust.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing tried and true tips that will help you to get the biggest bang for your traveling buck. Feel free to add your own suggestions as well.

Plan ahead!

The sooner that you decide where you want to go, the more likely you are to realize your best deals. Visit travel-oriented websites like Frommers, Fodors, Priceline, Virtual Tourist, IgoUgo and Rick Steves among others to get solid ideas of where you want to travel. Once that has been established, start looking for airfare and hotel deals to the destination.

The further out you plan your itinerary, the more lead-time you will have to locate deals, especially during that destination’s off-season. While there are last minute deals to be had via sites like Last Minute or Last Minute Travel, it’s prudent to take a proactive approach and plan early.

Once, I missed out on a great deal to Paris because I hadn’t decided if I really wanted to go there until much later, which meant that I had missed an opportunity to save a lot of money because I was not decisive. If you take nothing else from this tip, just remember that you must be ready to pull the trigger once a cheap fare or cheap hotel rates come along, because you will never know when a great deal will come your way.

Stay tuned for more Spendthrifts Guide Tips that can help you travel without having to drain your bank account!

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Renee King
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  • Mark Benson
    Posted at 08:16h, 22 October Reply

    The single most tip you need to emphasize on is that you should plan ahead for your trip. Either you want to make a booking for your accommodation or purchasing cheap tickets for travel just plan ahead and it will save you a lot. I went for a flight to Harare last year and planned my trip before time and saved a lot.

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:06h, 26 October Reply

      Agreed. I try to plan a year in advance, but will monitor fares until the best possible fare comes along, then i will pounce on it.

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