Hey Loves! F & J Here!
We have always had a bad case of wanderlust and we all know it can be expensive to travel! The cost of a trip seems to climb sky high once you add in transportation, lodging, activities and you know you need to plan for more money to pay for food and shopping. (If you are anything like us you need tons of money set aside for souvenirs for friends and family back home!)
Plan Ahead and Do Your Research
This is one of the most important things you can do! When you are looking at flights always find out what a reasonable good deal looks like so you can watch the ticket prices and snag a good deal. You don’t want to buy tickets and find out later you could’ve saved money if you just waited a little to buy them. We’ve found that sometimes booking trips on a weekday at a more undesirable hour is cheaper, but you have to be willing to make that sacrifice.
Ask Yourself if You Have Any Connections
Always think about whether or not you know anyone who lives in the area you are going to travel to. Perhaps you can stay with them and save on hotel. (This is a huge one, we have friends in Hamburg, and we will stay with them which will save us a TON of money in hotel. Plus we get free tour guides! ) Or maybe you know someone who works for a chain hotel and can get you a great deal on a room. Lots of big companies also offer some discounts at other major companies. Also check websites like Groupon for deals on hotels, then call the hotel you are staying at and see if they can honor the price at a lower rate.
Remember No Matter How Little You Save: It All Adds Up!
Which leads us to the biggest tip we have:
Make Yourself A Coin Jar
In our early college days, we were broke, but we were determined to take a road trip from Seattle to San Diego, we knew we needed to find every way possible to grow some savings. We would always go to the local grocery store and buy some groceries for our dorm and we could pay for all our groceries with our coins. We decided if we saved all of our coins up we would be able to put a good amount of money towards our trip. Every penny added up and we were able to pay for a lot of the trip that way. Since it was such a success we have since used it for our Florida trip which included Disney World and Universal Studios plus our flights. This time we have enough money to cover Disney Paris Hotel and Park, Flights, Hotels, and some of our more pricey activities while we are over in Europe. This DRAMATICALLY reduces the amount of money we have to take from our bank accounts and savings. It makes our trips seem like so much less of a financial burden and we find ourselves way less stressed about money.
We should also note that when we do random odds and errands for people and are given small amounts of money in return we also add it to our coin jar. We also try and carry cash on us so that we can get coins back. The coins are rarely missed and our coin jar is definitely appreciated!
We hope you find this helpful. We would love to hear any tips you might have in the comments below. Also feel free to reach out to us, we would be happy to talk to you more about how you can make travel affordable for you. We should be able to afford this beautiful world as much as possible!
F & J