11 ways to slash travel costs

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you always have to compromise.

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Apr 16, 2014 4:45PM

I highly resent the comments by d4489 regarding drunken pilots (very rare) and psycho nut stewardesses.  It is my pleasure and honor to serve all of my passengers.  We put up with a lot of stuff from passengers and we try to accommodate all of you to the best of our ability and training.

Apr 16, 2014 5:10PM
Granted these are some great travel tips to help a person who is only going to fly away for a vacation. Except for asking you to do your research about taxis, transportation, and free tours and events, this person didn't give any really great ways to slash the money you spend on travel. How about this. Bring an empty water bottle to the airport and fill it at the water fountain so you save the price of a drink ($2-$5). Bring some healthy snacks or even sandwiches so you don't spend $15 at the airport for a meal.... And so if you get stuck at least you won't go hungry. Take the transit system, get a temporary bus pass or subway card. Check and see if your hotel offers a free shuttle service. Get a room with a kitchen. While you might be limited in what you cook, I guarantee a spaghetti dinner for 4 would cost about $8 while a night out to get that spaghetti would cost anywhere from $30-$60. See if you can stay at a place that has free breakfast and get an extra apple and muffin for snacks later. Make sure you at least have a refrigerator. I stayed a week without one. It didn't matter if you had leftovers, you couldn't take them and eat them later with out a fridge.
Apr 10, 2014 2:10PM
There is a reason that many locations have "off peak" seasons.  Typically, the weather is terrible, and that's why tourists avoid them.
Apr 13, 2014 8:21AM

Book and fly on the right day of the week is smart. We recently saved enough by flying two days early to afford the extra two days hotel. We spent those two days just looking around and enjoying life, so no extra expense, just more time away. Skyscanner is an excellent source for this.

Off peak? Hmmmmm….ok ….maybe. Depends on how much cold our heat you can stand. In SE Asia, you’ll roast most of the day, get rained on, die of humidity, and repeat.

Deal sights. Not so much a deal. However, I do like agoda for their points system.

Pack what you think you need, and then take out ½ of that. Travel with old underwear, socks and throw them away as you go. Leaves more room for the stuff you’ll buy.

Happy Trails


Apr 10, 2014 10:00AM
If you decide to ship baggage to the hotel instead of checking it on the plane, check with the hotel first. Many hotels are now charging fees of about $25 per box to hold a package for you. This would be in addition to the UPS or Fed Ex charges. 
Apr 14, 2014 2:05AM
As I get older I find that a trip with fewer stops or destinations is more relaxing and less expensive than trying to hit too many places in too short a time.  A day with no plans can be nice and possibly necessary if you are going to fully soak in and appreciate your destination and the folks who live there. Lodging can  be less expensive per night if you stay longer than just one or two nights.
Apr 13, 2014 8:32PM
As I read Sabah karimi's travel slashing tips I realized the 'tips' were vague generalities. The poor sap has no knowledge of any actual real world issues. Vagueness like this tells me, Sabah needs to learn some things. I understand also websites want filler, just like papers and mags. SO the story was just filler.
Apr 16, 2014 4:53PM
I really resent the comments made by d4489 regarding drunken pilots (very rare) and psycho nut stewardesses.  It is my honor and pleasure to serve all of my passengers.  We try to accommodate all of you to the best of our ability and training.  Many of you have no idea what we go through regarding training so that all of you are safe especially in an emergency.  We work long hours but try to do it with a smile on our face as we serve and "take care" of all of your.  Respectfully submitted.
Apr 16, 2014 8:29PM
In the U.S. ;  try going to areas such as Myrtle Beach , Branson , or Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge in the months of April/May and Sept /Oct . Weather is still excellent , the crowds and traffic are MUCH  smaller , and hotel prices can be 50% or even 75% off . Myrtle Beach is great in the spring and fall , and you can get rooms for 75% off of in-season rates . Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is beautiful in the spring and fall , and we stayed at a great hotel for 3 nights for $179 total .  In-season it was that much per night . I would think that most tourist areas would have similar rate reductions before Memorial Day and after Labor day . Just a suggestion , enjoy !
Apr 13, 2014 12:20PM
We slash costs... by traveling through time portals.
Apr 16, 2014 9:47PM
My wife & I are retired now so we have flexibility on our travels. We love traveling to Europe, especially Ireland. Even though summer (Jun-Aug) is the peak season we've found some amazing deals. Bought our airline tickets in December...saved $300 each ticket. Most colleges/universities in Europe have vacant student apartments on the cheap during the summer (Jun-Aug) months. Public transportation system in Europe will take you just about anywhere...no need to rent a car. Since our apartment has a kitchen we eat just like we do @ home. The majority of the museums, art galleries, etc. are free or nearly free. Ryan Air has cheap flights to just about anywhere in Europe if we want to have 3-4 day side trip. We will have the satellite, phone, internet put on vacation mode, pay the neighbor kid to mow our yard, have the postman hold our mail & we're off to Ireland for the summer. Three month vacation will cost...air $1600, apartment $1800, London trip (air/4 nts) $600...total $4000.     
Apr 16, 2014 6:05PM
I typically make travel arrangements 'on the fly'.  With a travel computer or good cell phone,  you have access to all the last minute deals you could ever want from hundreds of websites. 
I have even walked into the hotel lobby,  got the best rate online while on their wireless,  paid for it,  and then walked to the counter to check in.

Catch the train. I don't often ride the rails, but when I do, I'm a stow away
Apr 16, 2014 9:04PM
Many areas in the USA are busy during the summer when school is out for the kiddies. Most of the national parks are even better in the spring and fall than the summer. The desert parks (utah) are even better in those off seasons. Try Yellowstone and the colder areas in the fall due to snow in the spring and early summer. I went to Arches NP last winter during a rare cold snap but was amazed at the beauty (and the cheap motels).
Apr 16, 2014 7:12PM
flight attendant111- I agree with you.  All the jerks that I have encountered on flights were passengers.  People need to remember that the flight crew is there to save your a$$ not kiss it.

Apr 19, 2014 5:50PM

Periodically the wife and I go to Las Vegas, typically in the winter. We don't stay on the main part of the strip, where the hotels are the most expensive, but down a ways; we rent a car to save on taxi fare, and we travel around the area rather then just gambling in casinos. We buy a cheap Styrofoam cooler and use a little ice from the machine on the floor to keep things cool. We buy some breakfast stuff at the grocery stores rather than eating out for breakfast, and catch lunch out as well as dinner; but we take leftovers back to the cooler and eat them the next day. We use the Gas Buddy app to find inexpensive gas before we return the car.

We also save up any restaurant gift cards we receive through the year and take them with us so that we can dine out more easily, and find places with either free appetizers for happy hour, or cheap ones we can use for our main course. Sometimes, one of us buys a Caesar salad entrée and the other buys a regular entrée and we split them when the salads are a la carte.

We buy a couple of gallon jugs of drinking water, plus we generally take a few empty half-liter bottles to the airport with us; then, we refill the small bottles and when the jugs are empty, we use the machine at a grocery or convenience store to refill them. If the hotel doesn't have an in-room coffee maker, we pick up a cheap one at a drug store and leave it behind; pick up filters and fresh-grind coffee from the grocery, instead of buying expensive coffee all over town.

Then, there's those cheap liquor stores in Las Vegas; only a necessity on days you aren't in the casino gambling and getting a free drink for the price of a tip.

Apr 16, 2014 10:20PM
I tell ya, I don't know why I even bother reading these dumb azz articles.  Yet, at least twice a week, I read this dribble.  It must be a sick, internal desire to punish myself, so I have to read a couple of these turds.  Bad Attack CAT, BAD, BAD, BAD CAT!!!!
Apr 16, 2014 4:40PM
any idiot knows these things without seeing them on here.
Apr 16, 2014 7:34PM
This article is, indeed, vague, and only for those who are flying. Many people cannot afford to fly, even with a "deal".
All those to-do list for a deal just gave me a headache. I think I'll stay home now. Of course, when my powerball number hits, I'll insist on paying premium all the way. Even if there are resisting forces trying to save me money or something. I'd like that route better!
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