When traveling on a budget here are a few things to consider:
If you’re going to park at the airport go online for a coupon to the lot you’re looking to use. Often times lots are offering significant savings on their websites and you’ll pay much less to park in the exact same spot.
Fight the urge to buy anything in the airport. Whether it’s food, drinks, a magazine, or just a candy bar, it’s all too expensive. Grab something to eat before you head to the airport and bring your own book. You may save enough money to buy that drink on the plane that’s also too expensive. (avoid those as well if traveling on a budget)
Before you travel, research the public transportation system in the area you’re traveling to. Many areas have such intricate public transportation systems that a rental car won’t be necessary to make your trip worthwhile. Whether it’s bus, train, or tram, many cities offer very cheap transportation to every area you’ll want to visit.
If you do have to rent a car, shop for gas mileage instead of comfort and appearance, and don’t pre-pay the gas charges. There are gas stations where you will find lower prices, and the quality of gas that you put into the rental isn’t essential.
When renting a hotel room aim for a kitchenette, or at the very least a refrigerator, in your room. Eating out every meal adds up and a short trip to the grocery store can save you a lot of money over the course of your trip. Even if it’s just one meal per day, a loaf of bread, lunch meat, and condiments you can save on food by cooking on your own.
Happy Hour!! Just as eating out can add up, so can drinking out. Look for Happy Hours and drink specials when going out to enjoy dinner and drinks and you’ll end up with more money to do the same the next day. Be careful of how much you drink however, as over-drinking often relates very closely to over-spending when you’re looking to travel on a budget.
Avoid taking cash out of cash machines and use your debit or credit card for purchases, as bank fees can add up over the course of a trip. Cash is often times needed, so take it out of your own bank and keep it close while you’re traveling.