With increased demand, it’s no surprise that prices
for flights, cruises, hotels, and more have increased substantially. Since most
people must consider costs to stay on budget, travelers are looking for additional
ways to save money as they plan their next trip.
no day or time proven to consistently offer better prices. Some people think
they might get a discount if they wait until the last minute to book—when
airlines are trying to fill empty seats. On the hand, travelers who plan far
ahead have a better chance of getting their preferred times and seat selections.
Recommendations are to book domestic flights 3-4 months ahead and international
travel 8-10 months prior to travel, but it really comes down to your personal
Get local currency. If you’re traveling internationally, it’s often a good idea to exchange some money at your local bank prior to leaving. You may need cash in the local currency soon after arrival for taxis, food, or tips for porters. Most cities will have ATM machines to get more cash if needed as you go along (but factor that amount into your pre-trip budget). Exchanging money at the airport or in a hotel is usually more expensive, so try to avoid those higher fees.
Pack lightly. Avoid extra fees for too much luggage or suitcases that are too heavy to maneuver through airports comfortably. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also save your back! Having a credit card for the airline you plan to travel on will often allow you to check one piece per passenger with no charge. Loyalty credit cards for hotel, car rental, etc. can also save money if you plan ahead and are able to accrue enough points.