One of the things that I love most about writing this blog is the reader and community interaction. But often times comments are tucked away, and not every one gets to see them. So I thought that today I’d highlight some of the best comments left by readers on the theme of travel, as the summer travel season is almost upon us. Enjoy!
- Next, save money on accommodation. For nearly four years now, I have avoided ALL HOTEL/HOSTEL COSTS by staying with locals who welcome me into their home. I find them using the free website Hospitality Club.
- Camping (as someone else mentioned) is a good alternative, if you can borrow equipment from and return it to your family before you leave (since I assume you won’t want to pack a tent from France).
- Visiting and staying with relatives is another way to save – make sure you’ll be welcomed back with open arms!
- If you’re not one for staying with strangers or sleeping on the ground, make sure you don’t spend more than you have to on a hotel.
- I pack a frozen water bottle for everyone. These stay frozen for hours, and I don’t need ice in my cooler…two birds, one stone. I also pack an unfrozen water bottle for everyone. These bottles are washed and reused everyday, and then recycled.
- Everyone gets a sandwich and 2 snacks for long trips.
Funny About Money said:
- Carry clothing that can be washed by hand and that will dry quickly. For a trip to Australia & New Zealand (with a man who was open-handed enough to put us up in hotel rooms!) I took one, count it, one reasonably attractive wash-&-wear dress made of some synthetic stuff that washed beautifully and dried in a few hours. Since few people saw me twice, I didn’t feel at all bad wearing it every day for three weeks. We carried a single suitcase between the two of us.
I just recently wrote a post on frugal travel tips, from which comes a few good tips.
- I agree with you about the souvenirs. I usually try to get something that is a useful item, not just something to sit around and look pretty.
- This may not sound frugal on the surface, but sometimes taking an organized tour can be more cost efficient (and cost efficient can be frugal sometimes, right?). You really have to shop around, but I’ve gotten incredible deals on trips to London/Paris, Tokyo and Egypt by keeping my eyes open. The London/Paris trip included meals, transportation, hotel and some tours of the cities – so much less than had we booked it all separate. Our Egypt tour was amazing, included some things we probably would have never done on our own (donkey riding to the Valley of the Kings, camel riding in Aswan). For Tokyo, we happened to find a fantastic deal through Yahoo! Travel, which was airfare and hotel (a really nice hotel) for an absurdly low price, and the day we arrived was the day the cherry trees started blooming. With some research, patience and luck, you can have some amazing adventures.
David G. Mitchell offers another perspective on where to stay:
- When I travel, I think a big part of the experience is dining in local restaurants – not the high end restaurants that attract tourists but the out of the way places that cater to locals. As for hotels, well, suffice it to say that I am too old for a hostel and too fearful of campgrounds!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these readers’ tips on how to save money on traveling. How do you save money on your vacation? And where are you going this summer?