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It’s Jordan page from fun cheaper free calm and budget bootcamp calm, today I’m finally going to do it. I’m finally going to share with you my best tips, tricks and complete insider secrets for cheap travel that anyone can afford.
if you have followed me for the last couple of years, you have seen that we have been on some fun travel adventures, we’ve done road trips, we’ve traveled stateside, we’ve visited family and we’ve also done cruises, we’ve gone to Europe, we’ve gone to Thailand, we’ve traveled with friends, we’ve done a lot of traveling and I’m sure you watch those videos thinking bang Gina, how does that girl afford?
You may guess what I’m going to tell you, it does not take a big budget to travel even internationally, I promise, today I’m going to give you all my best tips and tricks and I’m going to prove that whatever budget you have now, there is enough to travel, be smart about enough chitchat, let’s get to the tips, let’s do it.
When I think about travel, I classify it in my head as three different types of travel, there’s the road trip travel which is basically wherever you can get in a car, sometimes it’s only 30 or 60 minutes away, sometimes it’s a couple of states away.
But there’s road trip, travel in a car, there’s stateside travel which you hop on a plane and you visit other places within your country and then lastly, there’s international travel or you hop on a plane or a boat and you visit a country other than the one you live in.
I’m going to classify my tips today based on those three types of travel, I want you to know that you do not have to be rich nor famous to travel in any of those three capacities, let’s quickly talk about road trip tips, this is such a great way to start traveling especially as a family, a lot of people think that they can’t do road trips, because maybe their car isn’t big enough or isn’t reliable enough to last for several hours or several days in a car.
What you may not have considered is that you can rent a car and sometimes it may even be cheaper in the long haul to rent a car to do a road trip instead of using your own or buying a new car, that’s suitable for road trips, all the same websites that you use to book cheap travel like booking.com Travelocity kayak, all of those they have good deals on hotels, but they also have good deals on rental cars, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
You don’t have to buy an RV or own a camper to do a great camping or long-term road trip, you can rent one and you can even share one, there are such things as RV shares, we’re like a timeshare, you have part ownership in a camper or RV, so don’t feel like you have to go out and spend tons of money.
Sometimes, hundreds of thousands of dollars on a nice RV to do an RV trip rent one for a week or consider sharing one now with road trips, it’d be great, if you could stop along the way and stay with friends or family, but a lot of times, you end up needing to book a hotel.
Let’s talk about booking cheap hotels, we usually start with Google, we will specifically Google cheap hotels in Park City or Albuquerque or an I’m or New York wherever we are and Google does a good job of searching all of those websites that have good deals like Priceline and kayak and Travelocity.
But my tip for you is that don’t be fooled by the initial price, sometimes it’s tempting to click on the hotel that has the lowest price, but in fine print, it will show you the hotels that have the best all-in price, because maybe there’s a hotel, that’s only $88 a night, but then they have a $30 parking fee, they have a $20 per room hotel fee with all these taxes and fees, it ends up being quite a bit more expensive, so be sure to click all the way through.
Look at the final cost per night before deciding whether it is the cheapest hotel or not, we always try to find a hotel that offers free breakfast even if it’s several miles out of the way, this may not seem that it is a big deal to you.
But I promise it is especially for a family like mine, we’ve got seven people in our family, if we go out to a restaurant for breakfast, even if it’s a cheap restaurant, we can’t walk away spending less than like 40 bucks, so if there’s a hotel that offers a breakfast, even if it’s a basic continental breakfast, it saves us so much money and gives us enough food to tide us over for the next meal and put that money towards other parts of our trip.
Here’s the thing you shop online, so for a hotel or a rental car or even luggage or clothing that you need for your trip, please use Ebates, you’re probably sick of hearing you talk about it, I’ve been talking about you baits for two years, because I’m a super fan, but I have to drill this into your head.
The baits are free, it is free, so if you’re not using it, you are literally giving up free months, so if you don’t know eBay, it is the largest cash back site, so what they do is that they partner with stores and websites and retailers over 2000 of them.
They give you cash back for the stuff, you’re shopping for that, so they’ve got the retail stores like Kohl’s and Macy’s even Sam’s Club Walmart Groupon, but also you know that they travel with tons of travel sites like hotels.com Expedia and many more.
So they give you coupons, they give you promo codes and they’re giving you cash back every time you buy something or a book something through their website no-brainer, there are a couple of ways, you can do this, you can go to the Ebates website and click on the store retailer, a website you want shop through there, I like to download their browser extension and have it on my computer.
So I’m shopping online, it pops up and notifies me, when I’m on a website that is partnered with Ebates, I click to activate it and boom if I buy or book, I get cash back for free, did I mention that totally free? It doesn’t cost you anything.
So eBay is launching this new thing, so this is totally applicable to everybody watching they now have travel Thursdays, they give 10% cash back on hotel bookings made through Ebates hotel 10%, that’s like $40 savings on a three nights stay or $70 cash back for a five-night stay, that is a lot of money, seriously.
I’m not going to use it, if you don’t use this, you’re crazy, I’m going to keep talking about it until you do it, so here’s what you go down into my description box and the first link there isn’t a Bates link click on it, sign up and then when you spend your first twenty five dollars, you automatically get a ten dollar welcome bonus again for free.
So please do that now, so you see Bates anytime, you shop online, now another option is for my family, we’re big family and sometimes hotels aren’t the best option for whatever reason, so other things we like to use might be Airbnb or VRBO which is vacation rental by owner which is also called home away and it means you’re staying in someone’s house or condo which is nice, because that means there’s a kitchen involved which is great.
So for us, if we’re staying somewhere for three nights or more or up to a week, we will oftentimes get a VR vo, so we can have the whole house to ourselves to have a kitchen, sometimes even a yard or a pool and it’s much more comfortable for our size of family.
We also love doing this, when we’re traveling with a group, because we all want to stay in the same place and be up late at night playing games or whatever, so VRBO could be a great option and will save you a lot of money especially when splitting it.
Be aware that with VRBO, there’s usually a cleaning fee involved and some taxes, so we definitely don’t use it unless we’re staying somewhere at least three four to seven nights Airbnb is again someone’s home, but sometimes, it’s one bedroom in their home or maybe even a couch or a top bunk in their home, it’s a nice option for a short stay.
When you don’t need an entire hotel room to yourself or maybe when you do want a little more of a homey feel, so those are other options too, let’s talk about the other two kinds of travel which would be stateside travel and international travel which would require flights.
I have a lot of tips on booking cheap flights, so let’s talk about booking flight, I’ve got a blog post fun cheaper free calm slash flights, I’ll link it below, it has all of my best flight secrets, there are secrets for knowing when and how and where and why to buy certain flights and how to get them cheaper.
I’ll give you a few of my best tips here and the best one I’ve got is whether you know the best and the cheapest time to buy a flight, it should be 54 days before your trip, 54, it’s true, so the folks over at cheap air, they did a study for 365 days, an entire year and all of the flights that came through their website which was like thousands, they tracked them and they found that the cheapest time to book a flight to anywhere was 54 days before the trip.
It’s data, another thing you might not know is that you should always try to book your flights on a Tuesday whenever possible, the reason is that most airlines will put their sails up on Tuesday, but then they’ll take them down again on a Thursday, because then it approaches the weekend and their prices go up, so if you can book it on a Tuesday 54 days before the trip, boom Cash Money, we like to use Google flights to get a good general idea flights will cost and what airlines are the cheapest to fly the time of year and wherever we’re going.
It’s a cool feature, it’s free, but you can drag your mouse over a map and it’ll pop up prices for flights and what time of year is cheap for us to fly what places, so we start with Google flights and use that to give us a general idea of how much we would need to save up or plan for.
We let it go, but then aside from that, there are email lists that are so important, I cannot stress the email list thing enough the hotels, the airlines, the places you want to travel to get on their email list, open a new email account, it’s totally free, then it doesn’t have to bother you, but sign up for all the email lists, because they’ll send you sales, deals, discounts, rewards and different things that you should take advantage of.
One of my favorite cheap flight lists is Scott’s cheap flights, he does have paid options, I’m on the free level and every day sometimes multiple times a day, he sends out an email with these crazy insane low fares that he finds and sends them out, we’re talking about $300 round-trip to Europe or $200 to Hawaii which is really affordable stuff.
But let me interject quickly with a mother and a budgeting tip, before I go any further with any of this, I’m sorry to tell you that you are not allowed to travel until you have it completely saved up, think about this, when Scott’s cheap travel or whatever, it sends you this crazy amazing deal on a flight, you need to be able to buy it correctly, because either it’s going to sell out fast or the sales going to end in a day or two.
So if you want to travel, you need to start saving up now and then once you have the money completely saved up, that’s when you start looking for all the deals and sales when traveling internationally, I recommend having at least $5,000 for the two of you, stateside and road trips are a totally different story, do your research, do your math and make sure you have the money saved up 100% before you even start looking use social media.
One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow is called lights from home SLC and the Salt Lake Airport is the one closest to me and this is a local Instagrammer that basically everyday post crazy amazing flights that fly into or out of Salt so search around on Instagram and Facebook and find those places that have good deals in your area.
Another interesting concept is that one I have not used, but I have friends who swear by it, there is an app called skip lag, I want to book a flight to Chicago, but for whatever reason, the flight from Salt Lake to Chicago is so expensive, so what skip lag does, it helps you find a flight that you have a connection in Chicago like you have a layover in Chicago.
But technically, the flights are supposed to take you on to New York or ever else, but instead of continuing on the rest of your flight, you hop off in Chicago and it ends up being considerably cheaper than flying straight to Chicago, I will say this I have not used this personally I know people who have, but use with caution, because there are some airlines who do not love this.
So read the fine print, do it at your own risk, but lying indirectly through a company like skip Flagg honestly can save you hundreds when flying all, if you can be flexible with date and look at their low fare calendars, so for example like on Southwest calm, if you are booking specific dates, there’s an option that says our low fare calendar, it pulls up the entire calendar for the month and shows you what the flights would cost you for every day of the month.
It’s incredible, sometimes if you extend one day or go home one day earlier or leave one day earlier, it can save you so much money on flights, it might be worth it, so if you have some flexibility, use that another thing that we like to do with flights is when we’re at the airport and when we’re checking in, we will go straight to the ticket counter and we will ask them if they need any volunteers to stay back.
You have to be a little flexible on this, if someone is expecting you at home during a certain time, you couldn’t do this, but there have been many times where airlines overbooked flights and they are happy to pay you or refund your entire flight, if you are willing to stay back and catch another flight home, we have done this several times and one time we only had to delay an hour and a half and we got a $600 ticket voucher to go anywhere in the world for an hour and a half.
Check at the ticket counter next time, you got some flexibility and see if you can stay back and get your ticket card now, when it comes to transportation whether stateside or international, I prefer uber and lyft before I even jump in a taxi a hundred percent of the time that I have ever used it it has always been cheaper than taxis and it’s convenient because wherever you are, you have GPS on your phone and they will come pick you up where you’re at instead of trying to fight the crowds and wave down a taxi.
So for me, I definitely recommend uber and lyft and the good news is that they are all over the world, not in the US, so let’s talk about international travel for a second one of the things that many people do not consider is using a travel agent.
Here’s an example, a few years ago, Bob and I were headed out to Europe for the first time, we were traveling with our baby and we were headed to visit a friend, so I thought that’s OK between my friend and my research even though I’ve never been to Europe.
I’m sure it’ll be fine and I’ll be able to find the best deals and figure out what I’m doing, I was so stressed out and I booked the whole trip, but then I felt like it was more expensive than I thought, so as per the advice of a friend I called the travel agent and said here’s my trip, this is what I’m thinking, can you do better within 15 minutes?
She saved us $1500, because travel agents they don’t cost you anything, you do not pay a travel agent or you shouldn’t have to pay a travel agent, but they have connections and they get kickbacks and they get paid in the hotels and these tours and people that they partner with.
She booked everything I wanted, she didn’t push me a pressure to buy anything I didn’t want, she saved me money and she gave me this beautiful stapled packet with all of my details, everything I needed, it was amazing, so consider using a travel agent when booking a trip and they might do a better job at booking it and I will say the one time that you will pay a fee for a travel agent is when they booked your flight, because they don’t have any connections with Airlines, they don’t get any kickbacks or commission.
So I think it was fifty dollars per flight for them to book my flights for me, but that should be completely free, another alternative is to consider buying a package vacation, so if you love traveling and picking all the details and flying by the seat of your pants or backpacking or whatever it is, this wouldn’t be an option for you, but for the rest of us, you want to get on a plane and show up in this awesome place and enjoy the experience and have someone who knows better than you plan everything for you.
A package is the way to go, in my opinion, this is how we travel to Italy, this is how we travel to Thailand recently and this is how we’re going to travel internationally for the rest of our lives, there are so many companies which do this, there is Groupon travel, there’s gate one travel there even Costco travel and basically you’re buying an entire package deal.
It includes the flight, it includes transportation and hotels, it oftentimes includes a lot of meals, maybe even a tour guide and tours all these different things for a one package price, you might think it would cost you more, but it saved us a ton of money, both on our Italy trip and our Thailand trip.
For example, we got back from Thailand a couple of weeks ago, it was nine days and our package included flights hotels transportation, all of our breakfasts, several of our dinners, all of our entrances into places taxes be everything $1,050 per person for nine days in Thailand.
I’m telling you if you’ve got a thousand dollars sitting in a bank account somewhere you can afford going to Thailand that was through gate one travel, but there are so many other companies that do this and be sure to watch those Thailand travel vlogs and the Italy travel vlogs on my YouTube channel under my Travel playlist and you can get an idea of how much fun it is and be sure to use Ebates, because like Groupon, for example, is partnered with Ebates, so not only do you get a good deal, but you also get cashback which is awesome.
One of our no-brainer non-negotiables, but something that a lot of people don’t do is that we travel off-season, first of all, we are not going peak season, because we don’t want to battle the crowds, we feel like everything’s booked out and also peak season means peak pricing, so avoid the crowd travel, when it’s way more affordable and have an overall much more pleasant experience.
You may need to pull your kids out of school and maybe get a little bit of time off work, but for us to save thousands of dollars and have a much more enjoyable experience, it’s been worth it every single time, we love to travel in January, in February and then October, November, we feel like in a lot of places that we travel to, nobody else to say even Disneyland, but with that, be sure to do the research, because other countries have different peak seasons, so do your research before going and try to travel off season.
If you can use one of the ways that I save money on luggage and baggage, when I’m flying, I like to bring two bags so that I have some room to do some nice cheap fun local shopping while I’m there, but I don’t want to pay $50 per bag on the flights over, so what I’ll do is that I’ll pack all my clothes into a medium-sized suitcase, put it inside a larger suitcase and check one bag on the flight there.
If I end up doing shopping and needing more space, I can easily take out the medium-sized bag and separate them and then have to bag something.
My last tip is one that may be a little controversial, so let me know in the comments if you agree with this or disagree with this, but Bubba and I have done exhaustive research and both of us say that we do not recommend credit cards that offer flight rewards, we definitely recommend credit cards that give cash rewards.
There are a lot of reasons for this, but in most cases, the flight rewards don’t equate to the same value as cash would they have all these restrictions, they have all these blackout dates, you’re forced to use a specific airline, but for us, if we buy a packaged vacation to Thailand, it includes flights, so all of those credit card bonus points, we’ve been saving up would be deemed completely useless whereas.
If you have cash rewards built up on your credit card, you can pull out that cash and use it for anything, when we went to Ireland London and Paris to visit our friends, I had 750 dollars on my business credit card that I had been saving up forever cashed it out and that was basically our entire food money for the whole trip.
The bonus didn’t come out of our bank account, so those are some of my best tips, what are yours? Will you please share in the comments below? Because Bubba and I have definitely caught the travel bug now that we know that you can travel so affordably roadtrip wise stateside wise or internationally we plan to do it a lot more and I hope you do too, hopefully this inspired you to give it a try, hopefully give you some tips to know if you don’t have to be swimming in the cash to do it.
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