If you are planning a trip very soon, you may want to save some cash before and during your trip. Read below for The Wandering Loner’s 5 travel tips to save Big on your next vacay!
Use Google Flights
I can vouch for Google Flights as the best way to book flights at a cheap rate. With Google Flights, you can have an intuitive calendar to map out the cheapest days to fly.
You can also set price alerts to be e-mailed when the price drops and you can create multi-city trips. I used Google Flights on my trip to Europe and only paid $860 for a two week trip from Toronto to London, Paris, and Rome.
2. Book a hotel with Hotwire
My personal favourite hotel booking website is Hotwire hands down. Hotwire lists hotels at a lower price than the hotel advertises. This is because the hotels want to sell unused rooms but do not want their brand to suffer by selling them for cheap. Hotwire allows you to select your desired area on a map, choose your star rating, and choose your price range. I’ve used it to book a hotel in New York City and in Paris for considerably cheaper than market price.
Alternatively, you can use AirBnb if you don’t want to go the hotel route.
3. Go on a Cruise
Going on a cruise is relatively inexpensive and an easy way to cover a lot of countries in a short period of time. My family and I are going on a cruise in September 2018 and it only cost me $598 for the 7 day cruise. Keep in mind that depending on the cruise line you may not get free alcohol. The benefits of a cruise include:
- Usually cheaper than an all inclusive resort
- Loads of activities to do while on a cruise including live shows and activities
- Excursions when you dock
- You can legit go to over four countries instead of one when you go on a resort vacation
Try to go with a large group in order to take advantage of group rates and also use Costco, Redtag, or Air Canada Vacations (for us Canadians) to book your cruise.
4. Go during the Off-Peak months
Travelling to the tropics? Travelling in General? Try to avoid the summer months from May-July when the kids are off school. To get the best bang for your buck, go during September-November. Typically cruises and resorts are cheapest during this time due to hurricane season. Don’t be afraid of this season and travel companies usually accommodate you if there is a natural disaster.
Further, you should travel in the off-peak months because you can avoid crowds, meet more locals, and spend more time in a location as they tend not to be overbooked.
5. Explore your city!
I have lived in Toronto my whole entire life and theres much I have not seen. I barely go to the eastern part of Toronto much less outside of the Toronto Region. If you have a car, snacks, and a couple of down friends, I suggest you hit the road and do a good old fashioned road trip. You can even split gas! There are large gems in your city or somewhere close by that you can explore for really cheap. Google is your best friend to find the top getaways near you. Get to it!