14 Jan The 20 Savings Tips You’ve Never Tried
The experts at CLS save our clients millions of dollars annually because of our industry know-how, negotiation skills, and strong hotel partnerships. Since we’re the savings experts, we know a good tip when we see one. Here are a few to keep travel costs low.
- Start a trip savings account. If you can save just $2 per day, you’ll have about $730 at the end of the year for your next trip.
- Visit “Jump Off” cities. It’s a “two for one” vacation. Think DC and Baltimore. Dallas and Fort Worth. San Diego and Tijuana.
- Talk it up with the taxi driver. They’ll be much less likely to overcharge you.
- Make lunch your main meal. It not only saves you money but also gives you a chance to connect with locals. Most countries outside of the US prioritize the midday meal.
- Plan to eat a large meal before going to attractions like amusement parks. These places seriously hike up food/drink prices.
- Become a fan of hotels on Facebook to score the best deals. You could get up to 20% off your room night.
- Use apps like FuelFrog to log your car’s mileage between fill ups.
- GasBuddy.com will tell you where the nearest and cheapest gas stations are.
- Follow the social media streams of your chosen airlines to catch savings.
- Book your flights on Tuesday if you’re planning a weekend trip. Airlines will unleash some thriftier weekend flights if their planes haven’t been booked solid.
- Take advantage of all the free stuff you can find. Look up free museum days. Grab some maps. Sign up for Skype for free phone calls to anyone, anywhere.
- If you need a passport, snap a pic with your digital camera and upload to ePassportPhoto.com. You can redo/edit the picture as much as you want, and it will save you about $20.
- Put hotel freebies to work–bar soap to remove static, shower caps to cover shoes or purses, body wash to hand wash clothing, conditioner to use as shaving cream.
- Weigh your luggage before you get to the airport. Remove any unnecessary items.Try to keep it to one bag/person.
- Check out airports before heading to the first one you think of. Alternative airports usually offer lower prices.
- Try an indirect route with a stop-over. An indirect flight is more time consuming but much more cost effective.
- Renting a car? Think compact.
- Go your own way. The most expensive tourist locales are the most traveled (Paris, anyone?). Keep that in mind when planning your next trip.
- Find happy hour specials. Better yet: Get reservations at a hotel that serves an evening drink reception instead of hitting the town.
- Buy some groceries. It may not feel as glamorous as a hotel service breakfast, but grabbing a loaf of bread and a few other staples will save you some serious cash–so you can splurge on dinner or local attractions.
-For more awesome CLS savings tips, see 10 Tricks That Make Your Travel A Treat.
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