Travel Tips

By Daniel Sherwin

After you travel, do you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? Travel can be expensive and sometimes, it can be pretty stressful, so we don’t blame you for having some anxiety about planning your next trip. But travel doesn’t have to be this way! Here are some of the best budget-friendly travel tips, courtesy of Rides with David

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Start With a Plan and Budget 

Sure, taking a spur-of-the-moment trip may feel exciting. But this isn’t the best bet if you tend to stress about costs or any other part of your vacation. Instead, be proactive with your planning. 

  • Plan on taking an expensive trip? Planning and budgeting ahead are your best bet to find painless ways to save for your next amazing getaway. 
  • Even if you prefer to procrastinate, use a budgeting app to keep costs under control. You can also keep track of charges to your credit cards and bank accounts. 
  • You should also know where to look for the cheapest flights and accommodations. Some sites offer far better deals than others, which is one more reason to plan ahead. 

Now, Start Packing Your Bags

If you can work out a budget for the bigger expenses, like airfare and hotels, you can then focus on keeping the contents of your luggage budget-friendly. There are plenty of ways to do this. 

  • Don’t waste money on another travel charger and buy a wireless charger instead. It will be easier to pack, and you won’t have to stress out about tangled cables ever again. 
  • Signing up for free samples is a really savvy way to keep toiletry costs extra low! You can usually score travel-sized samples of shampoo, body wash, and so much more. 
  • Craving a new outfit for your vacay? Try shopping secondhand to score deals. You can even use this insider tip to pick up like-new luggage for a fraction of retail prices. 

Avoid Unplanned Purchases

This one is hard! When you’re in vacation mode, it’s all too easy to be tempted by fancy restaurants and shiny souvenirs, but these purchases will only lead to more stress later on. 

  • You can budget to treat yourself to a nice meal out or two, but if you’re serious about cutting your expenses, you can also bring and prepare your own food. 
  • Staying in a vacation rental will give you the space needed to cook budget-friendly meals and keep costs low. Split the rental with friends and family to save even more!
  • Buying souvenirs can push your vacation over budget in a heartbeat. To avoid this, look for low-cost souvenirs, like local bank notes, or plan out your purchases. 

With a little know-how and a dash of creativity, you can take the cost and headache out of travel. Then, you can focus on creating experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. 

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