Save Money, Travel More - 14 Tips from a World Traveler

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

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It's sure to help you discover cheap travel tricks from someone who has actually used each and every one of them – me!

Look, we all have that one friend who always seems to be jetting from one adventure to another across the globe. You see her photos on Instagram: “Enjoying the beaches in Bali” and “I just ate the best cannoli in Rome!” You think, “How is she possibly able to afford to travel so much?!”

I hate to admit it, but I AM that friend. In the past two years, I've started ticking off travel spots on my bucket list. And no, I'm not so lucky as to have struck oil on my family farm or inherit millions when my eccentric great aunt died. But with a few strategic career moves, making some smart choices, and putting together this travel planner, I've been able to rack up some serious cheap travel miles so I'm not racking up serious debt.

So I'm sharing the budget travel tips and tricks that I've learned over the last to years with you. Yeah, YOU!

There's also no reason you, too, can't strategize with a travel planner in order to finally take that trip you've been fantasizing about. It's time to abandon the delusion that seeing the world is a luxury only the Kardashians can afford.

Don't just pin it, LIVE it!

Part I: Researching Your Airfare, Transport, and Lodging

  1. Use I don't plan anything until I check this site. It does a general price comparison of flight costs across various dates. For example, if you're thinking of flying from Boston to Rome this holiday season, the scanner reveals that December 2 is a terrible day to fly compared to the rest of the month. But if you want to open your Christmas presents at the Colosseum, the week of December 24-27 has flights for only $325!

2. Get group deals from Travel Zoo, Gate 1 Travel, & Groupon. Each of these budget travel sites have been vetted either by myself or a close friend (one of whom just got back from seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland on a group excursion through Gate 1 Travel – for $1400 which included a meal a day!)

*Bonus travel planner tip: Search flights on two or three different days. Delete your browser cookies before each new search - it could bring up new, non-saved searches with different (hopefully lower) prices!

3. AirBnb is totally worth it. Families or groups traveling together get the biggest advantage here. Multiple bedrooms for the kiddos, a kitchen and living space – often less than the price of a traditional single hotel room! Suggestion: always read the reviews of other guests who've vetted the homes. More money-saving benefits from using AirBnbs to come, so stick around...

4. Use Rome2Rio app to route some seriously cheap travel. This app shows all the options for getting from one place to another, from local bus routes and train schedules to flight plans.

5. Use Pronto Passports to avoid skipping work to stand in your passport application/renewal line. Put that extra day's paycheck in the travel fund jar.

Part II: Travel Like A Pro

6. Pack like a hiker. Avoid baggage fees by carrying just a backpack. (If hikers can survive for months with just a backpack, you can go on vacation with one.) The average airline now charges around $25 per bag, and some go as high as $200 for second bag! Lots of European airlines e