We Never Travel Using Holidays/Long Weekends
Though taking advantage of holidays in order to extend travel days seems intuitive, it is a bad choice because of high prices at your destination. Instead, we always combine a non-holiday weekend with one or two additional days off from work. If we were to use only a single day per trip, we could travel ten times a year! For example, last time we flew Friday night and returned on Monday night. That means we had 3 full leisure days.
We Never Choose Our Destination
Choosing where to go means having to accept the prices set for that destination. Moreover, everyone chooses to go at roughly the same time in each season and this drives up the prices in food, lodging and activities. Seeing a cruise ship disembark with hundreds of people inside means hotel prices will soar, activities will be rushed to accommodate the masses and food will turn from local delicacies to high-priced touristic concoctions. The way we have avoided this, is by going where it’s cheapest in the upcoming month and a half (the best date-range for the cheapest flight prices). This avoids going in peak times while having enough room to choose among the cheapest options. Never choosing has given us the freedom to go where it’s unexpected, becoming great experiences in the end.
We Spend Little Money on Meals
Overspending in edibles means less money for the next trip, so we tend to cook while on the road. It’s very easy to cook healthy, spend little money and have a meal ready in 20 minutes or less. The way we accomplish this is by packing a small pressure cooker or air fryer in our carry-on. This allows cooking countless recipes in a very fast amount of time. We toss in some vegetables, protein, carbs and spices and let it cook for about 15 minutes. However, if tasting the culinary delicacies of the region is part of the experience, we consider the criteria in this article to spend as little as possible and find the best eateries.
Avoiding Car Rentals
Renting a car can sometimes be more expensive than flight prices, round-trip! For this reason my fiancé and I avoid renting a car, and it’s very easy to do so. Though it’s easier to escape the rental agencies in Europe, the U.S. has many places with great public transportation, paired with a tourist card; transportation becomes unnoticeable in travel expenses. Cities the in U.S. where car rentals can be avoided include: Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Portland among others, in order of relevance. There are other times when renting a car simply can’t be avoided such as visiting the Grand Canyon of Arizona. The Grand Canyon is surrounded by rural areas, and thus, public transportation is not to be relied upon. Knowing if our next destination requires a car rental is an invaluable way of deciding where to go next.
Never Staying at City Hubs
Our rule of thumb is to choose lodging thirty minutes or less outside city hubs. Big hotel chains in central areas drive up prices and are less populous of houses that can be rented at https://www.airbnb.com/. Renting someone’s house/room can be a better experience than a hotel, offer better accommodations and even meals. We tend to compare hotels and houses at airbnb for our stays and never stay in hostels for privacy reasons, though they can provide great experiences.
The most important lesson of it all is that money saved on unnecessary expenses in one trip, can be used in our next destination.