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How to Travel on a Budget


Many people consider traveling as a luxury, but it doesn’t have to be. With all of the travel apps, online discounts and other services at your fingertips, traveling on a budget has never been easier. It’s Summer time; why not make some plans to travel on a budget so you can make lifelong memories with your friends and family.


Select a Destination with Many Options

The initial step to learning how to travel on a budget is to determine the destination you desire to visit. There are many destinations out there for you to sit back relax, rejuvenate and make some memories. Try to select a destination that has many options for entertainment, food and relaxation. Depending upon the reasoning behind your travel, you may need to ensure the destination has quiet space for your business needs as well. As a means to save cash on entertainment venues, try to select a destination that has a one for all type of package so your entertaining needs will be met as well.

Seek Out Good Travel Deals

The second step in learning how to travel on a budget is to seek out good travel deals. There are many forms of transportation available these days; air, car, train or boat. With the multiple options available for transportation it’s no wonder it make some people’s head spin. Think about what method of transportation works for you, obviously if you get sea sick easily don’t go with an amazing boat deal as it won’t be worth the savings. Depending upon your destination, the transportation options may also be limited. Be smart about what form of transportation you use, the savings must make sense for the destination plans.


Seek Out Accommodation Deals

The next topic to think about when trying to travel on a budget is to determine where you will be staying. If you’re heading out to travel somewhere for more than one day, you will need a way to catch some sleep. You can research many hotels, campgrounds and even renting someone’s home as a means to save on accommodations. With the internet at your fingertips, finding the best priced accommodations is super easy. You will spend a lot of time researching accommodations in the area you are traveling to, but again this time is well spent if it saves you hundreds of dollars.

How About Staying With Friends

If your destination is close to relatives or friends, why not see if they are willing to rent out an area of their home for you to stay. While this may feel as if you are intruding, many friends may need some extra cash and your company is well worth them opening their home to you. This type of accommodation won’t work for everyone; consider it as a last resort saving option to help you travel on a budget.


With the internet growing at a rapid rate and many families seeking out ways to travel on a budget, you are sure to find the best deals when you use your internet researching skills. Reach out to friends who travel on a regular basis, ask them what apps and websites they use to find the best travel deals and go from there. If you step away from the norm and get your brain wrapped around creative travel ideas, you should surely be able to travel on a budget without any issues.

Let's discuss: Can you think of any other ways you can travel on a budget? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Such great suggestions and seriously need all the help I can get with traveling on a budget as I really am not too good at keeping the costs down when we do travel. So thanks for sharing here ;)

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    1. With a family of 6, I try and travel on a budget as much as I can. Traveling can be expensive, especially if you want to do it often as I do.

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  2. I review places that fit our family best and then hunt for deals. Expedia is a great place for hotels, and I like going directly to airline websites for the cheapest prices.

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    1. I do the same thing and have noticed that sometimes however, the airlines can work out more expensive at times when it comes to tickets than going through agents. Not sure why.

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  3. I love this post. When I travel, I look for the best deals on everything. I want to have a great time not spend an insane amount of money.

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    1. Oh I think we all want that, unless you do have a lot of money and don't mind spending it. :)

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  4. Great tips! As a family of soon to be 9 we could use these! We want to start taking trips and going to visit friends and family but its just never really been in the budget - hopefully this can help us! - Jeanine

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    1. Wow, I have a family of 6 and it's expensive for all of us to travel at the same time, I can't even begin to imagine how expensive it will be for a family of 9.

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  5. We always try to travel on a budget. We like to look for Groupons or other deals in the area we are traveling to. We also check websites like Expedia and Hotwire for good deals!

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    1. That's a great idea. I almost always check Groupon whenever I'm traveling. It's the usually the first site I check.

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  6. One way I have been able to travel on a budget is to take the bus. This is a great option for me.

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    1. Oh bus is an excellent way. Not only do you save money on gas but it's a lot cheaper and you don't have to worry about driving.

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  7. Such great advice here, traveling on a budget is especially important with little ones. I always try to stick with the budget and end up way over!

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    1. I have never been able to travel without going a little over budget no matter how much I try. There is always something that I just have to get or do. :)

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  8. Great tips, traveling with a large family can get expensive, especially the hotel stay!

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    1. Oh I know. I have a big family so we always strive to travel on a budget.

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  9. These are great ideas on how to travel on a budget. Looks like it isn't that hard to make it happen!

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    1. To be honest, if you really try, it isn't too hard to make it happen. Hope my tips help.

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  10. I think these are good ideas. You definitely have to plan ahead if you want to save. I know I should use public transportation more often on my trips.

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    1. When I travel, especially when I do road trips, I love to have my vehicle so I can come and go as I feel like, but public transportation is a good way to go too.

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  11. I really need to travel more. I'm a bit of a homebody and I do use money as an excuse to not travel a lot, but you're right, I know I can travel and not have to break the bank. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You're welcome Donna and no you don't have to break the bank to travel. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. I love all your tips! These are all useful and great deals! Now I won't be afraid to travel with a tight budget!

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    1. Never be afraid to do so. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to do once you start doing it.

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  13. I always set a budget when I am planning a trip. I always look for seat sales if I can not drive to where I am going.

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    1. That's also a great way to travel. Sales is definitely the way to go.

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  14. Staying with friends is a great idea! We've had quite a few friends check with us to see if they could crash for a night.

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    1. Oh with the price of hotels, if you can stay with a friend, that will eliminate a lot of that cost.

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  15. Love this! It's so expensive to travel so instead of not going at all these are some really good tips.

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    1. It's only expensive if you don't shop around. Hopefully you do.

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  16. We are headed to Alaska soon and while we don't really need to budget (just for this trip and not in general!), we are looking into other options than just pricey hotels. We may stay with family for a few nights and find good AirBnB places.

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    1. That's a good idea. AirBnB's are great ways to budget because most of the time you end up with a great place to stay at a rather reasonable price.

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  17. This is a good article.
    It's a nice grouping of ideas for travel.

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  18. These are some great tips. My family is looking to travel more. So these tips will come in handy.

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    1. Traveling is such a great way to bond with family. Good for you!

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  19. There's so much I want to see, but my budget doesn't always allow for it. You're reminding me to not give up, and find alternate ways to see the world. Sometimes we all need that little push to know it's possible.

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    1. Yes we do and you should never give up.

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  20. Seriously, staying with friends if you hav them in the area is such a good idea. We always do that when we go to Ohio. Saves us a ton of money.

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    1. Oh it's how I'm able to visit NYC as much as I can. If I didn't have family/friends there, I'm not sure I would visit as much. Hotels there can be very costly.

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  21. Oh, I like this post. I always wanted to travel with my family but I have a very limited budget.

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    1. Well hopefully we were able to share how you can make that happen with your limited budget.

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  22. I have been taking some small road trips quite a bit lately. I have been fortunate that I have friends with cabins and lake houses to help out, but I still have to pay for gas and meals. Thankfully, their are grocery coupons and rewards points to help with that.

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    1. That's great and you're right coupons and reward points sure do help out with cost as well.

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  23. We love to travel but it can be so expensive. We are always looking for ways to save some money on vacations and weekend getaways.

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    1. And any way you can save some money while traveling is a good way to save. :)

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  24. These are all great tips! Traveling can really be so expensive. It takes me weeks and weeks to find the best deals to save where I can.

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    1. You should try our tip about booking at the last minute. That works amazing for me.

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