Who wants to travel more and spend less this year?
The Budget Diet girl has 6 great ways for you save on travel!
Deal First, Destination Second – This is The Budget Diet’s motto when it comes to saving on travel. It simply means don’t get your heart set on a destination, and then discover the deals don’t exist. Instead, be open-minded about a destination and get excited about great deals. Each Saturday, The Budget Diet publishes the Top 10 Budget Travel Deals.
Discounted Travel Gift Cards – Do you know that discounted gift cards exist for travel? Recently, Costco had $300 American Airlines gift cards for only $269.99! How’s that for instant savings? Buy Discounted Gift Cards For Up To 30% Off at Cardpool.com!. You’ll find discounted gift cards for popular hotels and airlines.
Earn Cash Back – Earn Cash Back for Travel through Ebates.com. How does it work? Let’s suppose you’re looking for a hotel room on Hotels.com. Instead of going directly to the Hotels.com website, start your search on Ebates.com. You’ll discover money saving coupon codes and they’ll let you know how much cash back you’ll earn. Ebates works with most major hotel chains, airlines and travel services like Orbitz and Expedia. By the way, you’ll earn 4.25% cash back for Hotels.com.
Cruise Savings – One of my favorite sites for incredible cruise deals is VacationsToGo.com. You’ll love their 90-day ticker for huge last minute discounts! Today I found a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Conquest from New Orleans for 75% off…just $419!
Home Exchange Programs – Want to travel more and spend less? Try home exchange for your next vacation. 45,000+ Worldwide Listings. They work just like the name says…you stay in my house, I stay in yours.
Road Trip – A good old-fashioned road trip will fit any budget. Plan a road trip to please everyone – you set the budget and distance parameters, and each member of the family plans a day!
If you haven’t established a vacation fund or budget, make this the year to start! Try these 3 painless ways to save:
- Unload all your $1 bills every night…it’s like the old-fashioned coin jar, but it takes into account inflation! You’ll likely save at least $1200 a year.
- Sell, Sell, Sell…have a garage sale, sell on ebay, sell on craigslist. According to Consumer Reports, the average family has $1000 – $2000 of unwanted items just sitting around.
- Start using a rewards credit card…if you use a credit card responsibly (translated: you pay it in full every month), find the best rewards credit card and use the points for travel.
Now you’re ready to travel more and spend less! Enjoy!
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