The desire to travel and a bank account to make it possible do not always go together. Many people with wanderlust also suffer from a lack of funds to reach the destinations they desire. Or do they? There are ways to save money and some creative travel hacking can make it possible to travel farther and more frequently than expected.
Fly for Less
Be flexible about days, times and even airports when setting out on an adventure. Last-minute deals and middle of the night flights could save hundreds of dollars. Collect reward points and turn them in but research the web for sites that allow people to use their points creatively for more benefit.
Research All Accommodations
Avoid the temptation to book only with large chain hotels because of name familiarity and the long list of amenities. Most visitors are too busy with their adventures to take advantage of the extras and a chain hotel will lack any unique appeal. Look for hostels, cabins and camping areas for the cheapest options or find locally operated hotels and private homes.
Find Free Entertainment
Nearly every city offers plenty of freebies for the public. Avoid overpriced tourist traps and explore the parks, museums and free concerts. Check for free events and activities in a search engine for the city in question. There are plenty of blogs, guides and public notices listed online about where and what to do for free.
Find a Group
Travel with friends and family to get discounted group rates. It does not mean that people must spend every minute together, but pooling funds with others to rent a large house, a vehicle or to gain other travel discounts can be very beneficial. In a family group, it can even make it possible for all adults to swap out babysitting services, so everyone has time on their own.
It is possible to save money on every type of vacation with a little creativity. Consider taking food, driving to a destination or house swapping to avoid hotel costs. Avoid overpriced souvenirs and learn how to find and use coupon deals to make every part of the trip a little more affordable.