With this page, I will include all the different sources I use to find my flights, hotels, tours, etc. I hope that this page is helpful for everyone looking for some new ways to save money on travel. Also, I will reiterate that my husband and I do not own a single credit card. Therefore, we do not count on those types of points for travel or discounts. So without an further ado, let’s begin. (Disclaimer: I do not have anything against people who have them, we just personally do not have them or want them).
Free Balloon Festival in the Province of Limburg!
My number one tip that I will go back on, time and time again is: budget, budget, budget. Have a set amount of money you would like to spend on a trip and, here is the key, stick to it! Personally, I always add an additional $100 or so to what I think I will spend. I do this as a ‘just-in-case’ factor. I think that everyone who has ever traveled, knows that sometimes there are unexpected expenses that come up. From a delayed flight to an ‘incidental charge’ from a hotel. Just be prepared for the unexpected!
Tip number two: go to a grocery store at the location once you arrive. I know that this might sound a little crazy but please hear me out. Not only will it save you money on food in the long run, but you will also get to experience the culture a little bit from the people to the food itself. For those who know me, I love to eat–probably more than I should–and I love to snack throughout the day. Going to a grocery store once I arrive, prevents me from spending money eating out all of the time. While we are on the topic, I usually plan one really nice dinner out every trip and eat a little ‘hole-in-the-wall’ places the rest of the time.
When I was in Dublin last year, one of the best pieces of advice I ever got about finding a great local place to eat was: “Go where you see a lot of locals eating.” I have come to find that going to these places have led to some great food, fantastic experiences and, usually, reasonable prices.
Lastly, be flexible. Giving yourself a few days on either side of your trip (especially, flying) will give you extra savings. When it comes to lodging, if you are willing to stay outside of the city or in a hostel, you can save money.
That’s all I have for you for now. This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more budgeting tips and tricks!
If you have any tips, feel free to leave them in the comments below!