ALL INCLUSIVE CHEAP TRAVEL GUIDE
Rocky and I are so in love with traveling, it truly is both of our passion in life and we LOVE to travel as often as we can. The one thing about traveling, its not cheap!! Unfortunately, we don’t have a magic carpet to whisk off to a whole new world anytime we wish. & unfortunately we don’t have a genie with a magic lamp to grant us three wishes either. So, what are our options if magic isn’t one of them? Instead we had to start doing some research about how we could save some major money when traveling in order to get to do it more often. Since we are both so passionate about it we worked hard to find the best deals, tips and tricks out there to have the best traveling experience possible with the least amount of money involved! Welcome and enjoy our all inclusive cheap travel guide! Hope you enjoy your tour!
- Research Cheapest Airfare
The first thing you will want to do to keep your budget low for your entire trip is to research the lowest airfare! In my opinion the best flight search engine out there is Skyscanner! It’s easy to use and provides you with the cheapest flights!
Some amazing advantages of Skyscanner:
-Easy to use and navigate Site!
-If your flexible with destinations you can find the cheapest travel spots!
-If your flexible with dates you can view by month to find the lowest price!
Another great choice, AireFairWatchDog! This site allows you to sign up and get fare alerts to and from a selected destination from your airport of choice!
- Checked Bags
You can truly benefit by packing light because most airlines nowadays charge you an arm and a leg for checked bags apart from your flight. My suggestion is to get creative with mix and matching your outfits in order to pack lighter. Not only will you save money with less checked bags but you will have less stuff to keep track of on your trip and lighter bags to travel with. This will make it easier if you plan on moving around during your visit, such as, staying in different parts of a country or moving to another accommodation to save money!
After getting tickets the next step is to start looking into a great place to stay. Nowadays, there are many options when it comes to accommodations, let me walk you through some of them.
If you prefer staying in a hotel there are ways to snag one without breaking the bank! Priceline and Hotwire will allow you to get last minute deals for a good deal…however, they wont reveal which exact hotel it is (only the star rating) until you actually purchase the hotel.
Another option, is to check Hotels.com they have some great deals on that site and often times you can find a promo code to bring your total down even lower! In order to find a promo code just search google for promo code and a lot of times you will be able to find one for a usual 10-15% discount.
Turbo cheap Tip: When searching for a hotel keep in mind to look for Free Parking if you plan on renting a car to avoid additional fees. Also, try to keep an eye out for hotel stays that include a free breakfast as you will be able to fill up for free in the morning which can easily save you some money in the long run!
Now let’s talk another option, if your anything like me when you visit a foreign area you like to experience it by living like a local without sacrificing any of the comforts of a nice hotel stay. Welcome to your happy medium! AirBnB!
AirBnB provides many options from renting an apartment, house, or an extraordinary villa to an even cheaper option of renting a room in your host’s home or apartment. Depending on what you are looking for, as far as privacy and amenities, you will be able to find something suitable without costing you a lot of money!
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Depending on where you are headed you are going to want to look into the cheapest transportation for your travel spot. If you are headed to an area that will require mostly walking than no need to worry about it. However, if you plan on covering a lot of ground you will want to research the best way to get around for Cheap. This may mean a Car, rideshare, Train, Ferry, or Bus/Subway.
If you don’t plan on doing too much exploring but just want to see a few spots, then a rideshare like lyft or Uber would be a good option for you. I love these two because they are easy to use! All you have to do is download the app on to your phone, make an account, and get going!
If you are planning on renting a car online there are some great cheap options for you to check out.
Turo is a site that works similarly to how Air bnb operates, but instead for cars. Someone can rent out their car, SUV, or luxury vehicle with a daily fee. This site is Awesome because you can almost always find a great car for a lot cheaper than you could from a car rental.
Turbo Cheap Tip: Use google to find cheapest gas fill ups for your area. There are sites that list the cheapest gas stations around your given location. Simply google “Cheap gas___ (enter destination)”
By planning out activates before you head on your trip you will be able to save money by researching how to get the best deals on what it is you want to do.
Groupon: Depending on where you plan on traveling to Groupon can offer you a discounted rate on many tourist activities.
Pinterest: If you guys haven’t already heard of the wonderful word of Pinterest than you are seriously missing out! This site is filled with some of the webs greatest content, the way the site is set up makes it super easy to search and save to your boards anything you like. We use pinterest to search for cheap travel activities in different areas to see what we can do!
The cost of food on a trip can quickly add up depending on where you are traveling and how long you will be gone for. My first recommendation to keep food cost low is to bring a few of your favorite energizing snacks with you on your carry on. We almost always bring: gummy bears, protein bars, peanut butter filled pretzels with us on every trip!
Aside from snacks, once you land at your destination and check into your accommodations you can save a ton of money on beverages by hitting up the nearest grocery store and buying a case of water, a bottle of wine, and any other beverages you like to have. Little convenience stores will cost you whatever price they want for a bottle of water because they know you wont say no when you need it. Be smart about it and come up with a better way to avoid expensive drinks when traveling.
Now, lets talk restaurants and dining options. Don’t let restaurants intimidate you with their overly priced food in tourist destinations…there are ways to eat a delicious meal for cheap! First, I recommend checking out:
Groupon– Depending on where you are traveling to check Groupon for deals that could save you as much as 50% off a meal! This is a great site to check that is filled with plenty of money saving
Next, I recommend you check out Happy Hours:
A lot of times Happy Hours are filled with great Menu items at a fraction of the cost! I will usually google the “Best Happy Hour for _____ (enter destination)”! After checking yelp and other review sites I can usually find a place with a killer happy hour menu that will leave my stomach satisfied and my bank account happy!
Last, I recommend to go where the locals eat:
By staying clear of the highly expensive tourist areas and eating at a local restaurant you can save a lot of money and get some amazing local cuisine. I recommend you do your research by googling “local eating options for ___ (enter destination). You will be able to find a good place based off of the restaurants online reviews and can view an online menu so you know what to expect to pay. Also, simply asking locals goes a long way, check out the tip below for more on this one!
- Talk to Locals
Once you have already arrived at your location you could greatly benefit from striking up a conversation or two with some of the area locals! By doing this you will be able to get insider information on the best kept local hidden gems! A lot of times people will be able to recommend you to a cheap local spot to eat, a great place to listen to some free music, or a nice place you might not have had the pleasure of knowing without talking to a local! Give it a try, you won’t lose anything by simply talking! Who knows, you may even end up making a friend!
I really hope you enjoyed your stay at the All-Inclusive Cheap travel guide! Please leave a comment below with any of your own tips or feedback!