Travel Tuesday: Tips for Travelling on a Budget

We are well underway in 2017, and I'm pretty sure on everyone's resolution list, it's to travel. If you guys don't know, I love travelling. I already went on one trip this year check out my blog post here: (https://www.thelifewithnicole.com/travel-1/2017/1/16/travel-diary-fort-lauderdale-florida) and I already can't wait to plan my next trip. 

Travelling on a budget is definitely up my alley. Check out some of my favorite tips below:

1. ) Plan Ahead

I can't stress this enough. I feel like this is very important no matter how much money you're paying for your vacation. You have to plan ahead as far as where you're going, staying, and consider the cost. When you plan ahead you will have access to cheaper airfares, rental cars, and hotels. 

CocoCay, Bahamas

CocoCay, Bahamas

2.) Research

When I figure out where I’m going, I like to research flights and hotels. Which airline will be cheaper? Will is be cheaper to get a hotel on this side of town versus the other side of town. Check different sites for affordable flights like Expedia. (I personally like to book through the airline because sometimes the prices are generally the same, but I have also heard some people will get lucky on those type of sites).

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

 

3.) Hotels and Lodging

Ever since I have been travelling on my own (with friends not family), I always book rooms through Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor is one of my favorite travelling sites because you get great deals, can book rooms with a cancellation policy, and when you book your reservation, the hotel will honor the Tripadvisor deal. When I went to Miami last year, I had to prove to them that I booked the room through Tripadvisor (It was the most annoying thing, because they almost didn’t honor it).

New York, New York

New York, New York

Airbnb

I personally have never tried Airbnb, but I would like to at some point in the future. I know sometimes they can be a little cheaper than renting hotels.

4.) Travel with FRIENDS

I love travelling with friends! You can make memories and at the same time save money. You can save money by splitting the costs of the hotel room. When splitting the cost of the room, you can splurge a little bit on getting a room at a nicer hotel.

Miami, FL

Miami, FL

5.) Be Flexible (if you can)

I know sometimes this can be a little difficult for some people who want to travel on a budget. Like myself, I can’t just pick up and leave in the middle of the week. But if you plan ahead, making sure you take the time off with your employer you can save some big bucks. Travelling during the week is cheaper than traveling during the weekend. Simply because the weekend is when everyone is usually available.

St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, MO

Now that you have these tips, get up and travel Book your flights, and capture those memories. 

Nic