Budget Travel Tips Beyond the Ordinary

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6 Unique Budget Travel Tips

It’s time to re-think how you save money on travel, so you can stop dreaming and start traveling!

Deal First, Destination Second
The Budget Diet Girl’s money-saving travel wisdom…deal first, destination second. It simply means, don’t get your heart set on a destination and then look for deals that might not exist. Reverse your thinking and get excited about a deal first! P.S. – Travelzoo.com is my fav for travel deals.
Groupon Getaways
It’s just like the Groupon you’ve come to know and love except the deals are all about travel. If you’re ready for a vacation, try Groupon Getaways

Military Discounts, Teacher Discounts and Senior Discounts
Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the discounts available to you! Remember, it’s always worth asking.

Discounted Travel Gift Cards
Have you ever thought of buying a discounted gift card to use for travel? Buy Discounted Gift Cards For Up To 30% Off at Cardpool.com! You’ll find discounted gifts cards for popular hotels and airlines. It’s no-brainer instant savings.

Air B&B
Have you heard of Air B&B? When we were vacationing last month we met 2 couples that were both staying in Air B&B properties, and we were shocked to discover how little they were paying. With Air B&B, you rent unique places to stay from local hosts in over 190 countries. Maybe you want to rent a room, a cottage or an entire house. The possibilities are endless, and the prices will amaze you.

Earn Cash Back for Travel!
Cash Back from Ebates – it just makes sense! Start all your travel plans on Ebates.com

Remember…deal first, destination second!

Happy Savings & Happy Travels!


In full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links to help support The Budget Diet girl! My advice will always be unbiased and free, but free won’t pay the bills! Thanks!


  1. Definitely love booking through eBates! So much money can be saved and earned there! Haven’t tried Groupon or Living Social for travel deals far away but the ones we’ve done within driving distance have been great!

    • Kristl says:

      So glad to hear that you use Ebates to save on travel! The Groupon travel deals are great, but you have to be open minded about your travel destination…as I say, “deal first, destination second!”

  2. Simply wanna admit that this is handy , Thanks for taking your time to write this. “Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.” by Fred Allen.

  3. Carol says:

    Always loved deals on traveling! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Linda says:

    Checkout livingsocial.com (it’s just like groupon) for more great deals!

    • Kristl says:

      I’m hooked on these deal sites, and I’m thrilled they’re getting into the travel business! As I always say…”deal first, destination second.” Don’t get your heart set on a certain destination, instead get excited about a great travel deal.

  5. Rosey says:

    One of our best trips was found through deal first, travel second. We’d planned a trip to Rome, the boys were 21 and 16, two special years, so we were going to take them as a gift. The oldest was/is in the military and just couldn’t get the time (he was in the states and had vacation time) because of training. Hubby and I had been, and loved it, but wanted to try something new and save a second trip to Rome for when the boys could join us. We looked around and found a GREAT deal (1/4 of the price of our Rome vacation) to Prague in the Czech Republic. What a great vacation it turned out to be!!!

    Sooo…long story short, lol (too late for that, I know), I totally agree that keeping an open mind can lead to a really great vacation. Great advice!

    • Kristl says:

      Love your story & the happy ending! Deal first, destination second is a huge money savings, but you have to have an open mind!

  6. Some great finds here! Thanks so much. It’s nice to have a bunch to choose from together in one place.

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