How To Travel On A Small Budget
People used to call airlines directly to book flights. The most you could wish for was a small discount if you knew a pilot or flight attendant who could pass their discounts on to you, or if you were a ‘frequent flyer’ you might earn a free trip somewhere in the continental United States. Then online booking became popular. But what about getting great deals on travel, hotels, flights, cruises, rental cars, excursions and the like? Check out these helpful tips to help you save money, time, and travel hassles.
1. Don’t go it alone
Single travelers can expect to pay 25% to 50% more for hotel rooms and lodging overall. Think about it from a lodging owner. He could rent you a cabin in the Alps or Lake Tahoe, and you’d be paying through the nose as a single traveler because you’d bring in less tourist business to the surrounding restaurants, events, and nightlife. That profit has to be recouped somehow, and yeah, you guessed it, you’re the one paying for it. If you travel with others, it’s easy enough to coordinate who gets a more private/larger room in the inn if that’s what you’re after by traveling solo. Do yourself a favor and be sociable. It’ll save you a pretty penny.
2. Use a VPN service
When you’re researching flight costs, use a VPN service to conceal your identity and also save some money. Booking a flight from Fargo, North Dakota, could be more expensive than booking that same flight from Los Angeles. Why? As algorithms determine flight costs, your location is just one component of that equation. Airlines and booking websites know your IP address. When you search the internet from a different server location, that algorithm will calculate a flight cost based on the location of your chosen server, not your physical location.