Think Outside the Box and Save Big on Travel. By Jesse Clark

January 13, 2020

Whether you hop on a plane and trek across the globe, or rent an RV and drive across the
country, travel is a great way to experience new places. It allows you to explore new areas, meet interesting people, and get a better understanding of the world we live in. But don’t just take our word for it. Scientists have looked into the benefits of travel as well. According to a recent study, taking a trip abroad keeps you healthier and boosts your creativity! Travel is great. Who wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to drop everything and go on a trip? But even if you have the time to travel, there’s one reason people don’t travel more – cost. Travel can be restrictively expensive. So how do you trim the costs and make your dreams of getting away a reality? Take a look.
Travel off the beaten path We’d all love to spend three months in Italy, but for most people, it isn’t in the budget. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great vacation. If you are looking to get the Italian vibe without the Italian price, Croatia is a much cheaper alternative. Similarly, almost anywhere in Eastern Europe is substantially less expensive than Western Europe.

Looking for a tropical location? Consider the Caribbean instead of Hawaii. While the Caribbean is not exactly “off the beaten path,” it can be a lot less expensive than Hawaii, especially if you are traveling from the East Coast.
Travel slow Thinking about taking an extended vacation? Instead of making a bunch of stops, consider staying longer in one location. With slow travel, you choose one home base and stay for an extended period of time. You can stay at more than one location, but you should aim to spend at least a week in each location.
There are many benefits to slow travel. For one, you are able to see the location in a deeper more intimate way. You can connect with the locals and visit the hidden spots that no one knows about. Another benefit – the cost. When you book a place to stay, you will likely see lower rates the longer you stay. Vacation rentals and hotels often offer lower rates for extended stays.
Choose the right phone plan No matter where you’re traveling, you’ll almost definitely be bringing your smartphone along whether you’re using it to stay in touch with people back home, to find places to eat or stay, or for GPS. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to avoid being charged overage fees by your provider. To avoid these charges and roaming fees, review unlimited phone plans to find one that can accommodate all the data you’re using.
Consider alternative accommodations If you’re used to staying at a hotel when you travel, it’s time to think outside the box. Hotels can be expensive, especially in hot tourist locations like New York and LA. There are sites that allow you to book apartments, houses, and even igloos at a greatly discounted price. In addition to saving money on your booking, these options typically come with some sort of kitchen, meaning
you can cook from “home” instead of eating out. Compare rates on Priceline
If you are planning on booking a flight or renting a car, it’s always a good idea to compare rates.
But why waste your time hopping from site to site when you can find all the information you need in one place? Priceline pulls rates from thousands of hotels making it easy to search online for the best deals, allowing you to choose the rate that’s best for you. Worried that you might miss out on a better deal somewhere else? One of the great things about Priceline is their price match guarantee. Find a better rate within 24 hours of booking, and they’ll refund 100 percent of the difference. You can save even more by using Priceline coupons and promo codes.

Travel can be expensive. We get it. But it doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. When you plan ahead, are flexible with where you want to go, and think outside the box, the price will drop dramatically. Don’t let costs get in the way of your travel dreams. The only question left is:”Where will you go?”

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