So summer is over, and we are dreaming of traveling to somewhere nice again. Here are some tips for you to travel smart!
Enjoy this guest post from Agnes Jimenez !
Frugal Travel Options for Everyone
Even some of the most frugal people on the planet have to travel from time to time, including me. Whether it is for a visit with family, reunions, holidays, social activities or even just to get away, the largest traveling deterrent is always the cost. If you are traveling by car, train or airplane, there are a number of ways to stretch your dollar, so you can still participate in travel opportunities, without breaking the bank.
Trains, Planes & Automobiles
Chances are, none of your travel plans include walking to your destination. No matter how you plan to travel, there is a cost effective way of making it happen. If you are traveling by car, be sure and fill your gas tank up as full as it can get, without spilling over. Check your tire inflation levels to insure you are getting the most out of your gas mileage before you hit the road. Map out your route, so you are taking the most direct way possible to your destination to save time, gas and any headaches that accompany getting lost.
If you are traveling by train, consider taking a lower budget option, instead of the elaborate train cars that are available in the region. You are simply traveling from one place to another, so there is no need to apply a high maintenance attitude to your trip. The objective is simply getting there, as inexpensively as possible.
If you have to fly, consider booking your flight well ahead of time, if you can, to get the lowest rate. If you have to book a last minute trip, and have checked all of the online specials that are available, call the airline to see the best route and rate available from their perspective. You would be surprised at the deals a customer service person can provide you.
The golden rule in travel, as far as I am concerned, is to avoid cab fares as much as you can. It is not uncommon that some cab drivers take longer routes than necessary, or overcharge you for the trip. If it is possible to take a shuttle bus, subway or train for a lesser amount, you should. There is no reason to spend $50 on a trip from the airport, when you can have a friend pick you up instead for the price of a "thank you".
Also, once you are in a city, consider walking to lunch, or to a museum, instead of taking ground transportation. It will save you money, and give you a better view of the city!
About the Guest Author
Agnes Jimenez is a professional blogger and writer. She writes for many online establishments and supports those ones that offer alternative lifestyles to consumers. As a frugal living advocate, she recommends DailyBread.com for travel lovers who want to get big savings in shopping for easy to carry foods that have a shelf-life of over two decades. Click here to check several meal options for your next travel.