1) Don’t eat on the “main strip” eat a block or two off of it, at a local place instead of the typical tourist place. The food is often much cheaper and is often much better than the big tourist joints. (Share your tips in Comments section)

2) Use public transportation. Subways, buses, trains, etc., are all part of the travel experience. Make it fun. And avoid unnecessary transportation costs all together, and save time too, by grouping your activities by geographical area. (Like this article? Click here to be notified via email when a similar article is published)

3) Before booking a hotel, search online for the best hotel deal. Then phone the hotel and ask them to offer a better price. If they can’t, ask for a free room upgrade or include freebies like wi-fi, parking, or breakfast. You’ll be amazed right now how many hotels will play ball.

4) Look for free or “donations accepted” admission days at museums. There is usually at least one day a month that offers free admission. Planning around a free day, can save few bucks.

5) Look for discounted admission coupons. They’re everywhere! Travel magazines, online, from your hotel, in travel guidebooks, in travel literature kiosks, and from AAA. Saving a few bucks here and there adds up! Check out my article: How To Get Discount Theme Park Tickets

6) Ask for a refrigerator and microwave in your room. Some hotels provide this free of charge, others have a small surcharge. So, you store some food in refrigerator, and heat it whenever you want.

7) Restaurants almost always charge more for their dinner menu while the same food at lunchtime is less expensive. Use this to your advantage and eat your main meal of the day at noon. (Share your tips in Comments section)

8) Be sure to factor in internet access charges into the cost of your hotel room. The hotel might cost cheap, but internet charges might really pump up the room rate. (Like this article? Click here to be notified via email when a similar article is published)

9) Be flexible. While it’s nice to have a list of “must-do” things, don’t get so stuck to a list that you forget to enjoy the simple things. A beautiful sunset or sunrise, a neighborhood festival, a walk on the beach — these things are all free

10) Tell the kids that the mini bar is not an option. Buy snacks and beverages from a local market and keep them in the room for snack attacks. (Share your tips in Comments section)

11) Don’t go to fancy restaurants while on vacation. Try some places where locals eat. Not only you will get a better taste of that country, you will save TONS of money doing it

12) If you’ll be going to a resort or remote area, set up packing lists for everyone at home, so that necessities don’t get left behind. Sunglasses, sun screen, toothpaste, deodorant — you’ll pay a premium for these items at a hotel or airport

13) Buy bagels, cereals, milk, or orange juice the night before. Eat a cold breakfast in your room — save your money for the more interesting meals of the day.”

14) Research your destination. Before you leave, make a list of sightseeing priorities. Use the internet to find free and inexpensive attractions.

15) Book hotels on bidding sites such as Priceline. Check out my article: How to Bid Again in Priceline on same day

16) Borrow travel guides from library, so you don’t have to spend any money on them when you reach your destination.

17) Look early for travel deals on the internet. Start planning for vacation well in advance. You will get best rates on everything: hotels, cars, tickets etc.

18) Budget hotels tend to offer free internet and free breakfast. At luxury hotels the room tends to be nicer, but you have to pay for everything. (Like this article? Click here to be notified via email when a similar article is published)

19) You can save a ton of money by getting drinks from a store instead of at a restaurant. Make a point to take mineral water bottle from home for daily sightseeing.Avoid expensively priced water at tourist attractions. Buy big lot of bottles from Wal-Mart etc so that you save more.

20) When travelling to and from the Airport, use a Shuttle, instead of a Taxi. They are relatively cheap, and on time. Almost all major cities have an airport shuttle

21) Vacation in hotels/ condos that have kitchens. Cook your own food.

22) When you are going away on vacation, don’t waste money in electricity costs. Unplug your TV, computer and other electronics, as all these use energy in standby mode.

23) Travel in the off-season. Hotels and attractions are cheaper and you won’t have to stand in long lines (especially in theme parks.)

24) In a new city, make your first stop at the city’s visitor center. They have all the literature in one spot and experts to answer all your questions and give advice. And they have lots of local free coupons as well most of the times. (Like this article? Click here to be notified via email when a similar article is published)

25) Purchase a City Pass when you travel. The public transportation is convenient (no parking fees at hotel) and a City Pass often includes free or discounted entrance to local museums, aquariums, etc

I know article said 25 tips, but here is one of my favorite tips:
Plan a vacation close to a relative. Spend the first part staying with them and the last part in a hotel within driving distance. You’ll have a nice visit but not wear out your welcome, save some money, and feel like you’ve taken a real vacation

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  1. Anonymous says:

    really interesting tips.. especially the one about the visitor center

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