“For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” (Psalm 91:11, NLT)
If you’re planning a vacation trip, it pays to plan ahead. Shopping around a bit can save you a lot of money on travel, lodging, and food.
We’ve compiled a few tips to help keep you on the road without emptying your wallet!
1. Pack light: If you’re flying, remember that airlines charge hefty fees for extra baggage. If possible, try to reduce your packing to one bag per person. Have small items to carry and don’t want to use a carry-on? Try a multi-pocketed travel vest or an infinity scarf with hidden pockets.
2. Eat like the locals: Avoid bright, touristy spots—they’re bound to be overpriced. Pay attention to where the local folks go for their meals. Chances are you’ll get great food with real local flavor for a fraction of the price. If you really want to try a fancy place, you’ll spend less by going at lunch instead of dinner.
3. Caller beware: Make sure you know your cell phone’s roaming charges policy before you travel. Ask specific questions about rates and what areas are covered when ordering a calling plan. Do you travel frequently overseas? You may save more money buying an international phone. You may also want to buy a SIM card in the country you visit most often.
4. Watch your cash: You may want to buy prepaid travel cards before you travel. This will help you keep your accounts (and your identity) safe. In case of loss or theft, you’ll be protected. Prepaid cards are also a great way to help you track family members’ spending on a trip.
5. Book a package: It may surprise you to know that there are still travel agents! A good travel agent can help you find a package that meets your needs. If you’re a credit union member, you can get great prices and even cash back on your travel packages. Enjoy the convenience of a one-stop shopping solution!
Traveling frugally can help your budget go farther and allow for more trips! Following these guidelines can help you save whether you’re traveling locally or internationally. What are some ways you’ve found to save money on travel?
This article should not be considered legal, tax, or financial advice. You may wish to consult a tax or financial advisor about your individual financial situation.