Going on a trip is something that usually costs more money than we would like.  It seems that between paying for your flights, drinks, going out to eat, and sightseeing, before you know it you’ve spent half of your year’s salary without the blink of an eye.  

Many people hold back on traveling because they assume that it is going to be too expensive for them and out of their budget.  However, traveling doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank.  There are a variety of ways which you can save.  All it takes is knowing a few tricks and ways to stretch your dollar.  Here are some of the best tips for saving money on traveling.

Pack Lightly

Paying for luggage fees is something that can add as much as several hundred dollars onto the total cost of your trip.  Many people are addicted to having what they need on hand at all times.  However, rather than risking arriving at the counter and your weight being just over the allowed amount and having to pay overweight fees, pack lightly instead.

Packing your suitcase full of only the necessities is the best way to make sure that you aren’t going to spend unnecessary extras on things that you may not even need anyway.  A general rule of thumb is to bring only two pairs of shoes and one of each item of clothing for any type of weather.  Once you are at your destination you can either buy more or take your clothes to the laundromat.

Stay In Hostels

Hostels an economic way to pay for a place to stay during your travels.  Not only can you save a lot more money than if you were to stay in a hotel, but you can have an incredibly authentic travel experience meeting all types of people from all over the world.

Sometimes people assume that hostels are unsafe or lacking in privacy, however this is not the case.  You can find all sorts of different hostels and many with your own personal room.  Take a look at some of the different options in the destination you are going to and you will see that you may find some amazing deals.

Look For Last Minute Travel Deals

Often travel websites will offer last minute deals which are only available last minute.  By remaining flexible and open to spontaneity you can save thousands by taking a chance on these deals.

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Travel In a Group

Traveling with a group of people can be a great way to save money because of discounts offered.  Not only that but you can split the cost of things like a large house or group tours which is significantly cheaper than paying on your own.