3 Money Saving Techniques to Help You Travel on a Budget

Traveling is fun, spending money is not. Fortunately, adept travelers know that there are plenty of financially efficient ways to see the world. With a little extra planning and masterful interpersonal skills, there are countless methods to help you enjoy a memorable trip on a budget. Here are three money saving techniques to help you travel on a budget.

  1. Save on Transportation

When traveling, transportation costs add up quickly. Unfortunately for long distance trips, plane tickets are a necessary evil, but after landing transportation options become much more flexible. If you are visiting a big city let public transportation keep your expenses low. Many trollies, buses, lightrails, subways and trains offer discounts for long term and day passes. Before embarking on your trip, research the cost efficiency of what your destination city has to offer. If public transportation isn’t your thing, consider relying on ride sharing services. Because car services have peak time surcharges and don’t offer many discounts for long term use, short, frequent trips can put a major dent in your budget. To avoid this, walk as far as is comfortable before scheduling pick-up. Group tourist events by location so you can spend a whole day walking from attraction to attraction without needing to call for extra rides. Lastly, ask your hotel staff about the cheapest modes of travel. On occasion, hotels have even been known to provide shuttles for their occupants.

  1. Timing Matters

Traveling discounts are unique when it comes to timing. Depending on what’s being purchased, buying well in advance could save just as much money as waiting until the very last minute. When deal hunting, keep this in mind. While flight fees tend to be lower when purchased early, hotels can go either way. Make sure to scour discount sites for both early bird and last minute deals. You can even continue to look for last minute hotel deals while on vacation. You never know when an unfilled room could save enough money to make the hassle of switching hotels well worth your time.

  1. Plan Ahead

Planning the particulars could make a huge difference in your travel budget. Here are a few ways to plan ahead and save money:

  • Choose a hotel that has a kitchen. Food is expensive, especially when eating out. Cut costs by shopping for groceries at a local market, storing them in your hotel fridge and making meals instead of buying them. Packed lunches and home cooked dinners will prevent you from needing to find multiple restaurants to dine at every day of your vacation. Plus, with your fridge, you can safely store snacks and leftovers to fill the gaps between meal times.

  • Double check your suitcase before leaving. For extra assurance, create a checklist of necessities to use when packing and last minute checks. Use your time wisely and don’t wait until you’re too rushed to pack responsibly. Many travelers end up spending unnecessary funds by repurchasing items that they accidentally left at home. Don’t let this common mistake cost you.

Don’t let a limited budget hold you back from exploring the world. Get creative with how you structure your trip and accomodations. Leave no rock unturned when searching for resources that will help save money while on vacation and enjoy your budget-friendly fun.

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Top Three Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

There is no shortage of historic sites, breathtaking landmarks, and enthralling museums in our nation’s great capital. That said, when you only have a couple of days to explore such a rich and vast city as Washington, D.C., you need to narrow down your list to the top three things you absolutely cannot miss. Far and away, these three sites and activities take the cake when it comes to touring Washington, D.C. for the first time—or the hundredth time.

The Lincoln Memorial

An integral part of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is perhaps one of the world’s most recognizable statues. In case you’re not quite sure what the Lincoln Memorial is, it’s a monument built specifically to honor the 16th President of the United States. It stands (sits, really) tall and proud at 99 feet tall.

Bonus: Because it’s a part of the National Mall, it’s within walking distance of many of the other most notable monuments in Washington, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art

Another absolute must on the list of things to do while in Washington, D.C., checking out the National Gallery of Art is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for the whole family. It’s open to the public, and unlike many other art museums, it is completely free to enter. In its halls, the National Gallery of Art boasts some of the most renowned and admired works from all over the world. From Rembrandt to Raphael, Van Gogh to Matisse, there are thousands of works waiting to capture your heart and imagination.

The National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum is actually a part of the larger Smithsonian Institution. It is by far one of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C. Featuring 23 main exhibition galleries and several special events throughout the year, the National Air and Space Museum always has something on the docket to delight kids and adults of all ages.

Of course, there are dozens more attractions throughout the Washington, D.C. area, but these are the top three you absolutely cannot leave D.C. without seeing first.

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