TIPS & TRICKS
Best Frugal Travel Tips You Need to Know
Seneca once said that travel and a change of place impart new vigor to the mind! The ancient Roman philosopher was certainly on to something, but enjoying the invigorating and mind-expanding benefits of travel isn't always easy—especially for the frugal traveler. In fact, a 2017 survey revealed that about 43 percent of Americans pass up on taking a traditional summer vacation altogether. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most common issue is cost. Nearly half of those who forego vacations do so because of monetary issues. However, being low on funds doesn't necessarily mean you need to scrap your travel plans. Here are our favorite frugal travel tips and exclusive discount options that can help you slash costs and see the world on a budget.
Cash in on Off-Peak Travel
Do you absolutely have to travel during the peak of the summer tourism season or popular holidays? If not, you may be able to get far more bang for your travel buck by planning a trip during an off-peak time. The travel industry calls these "shoulder periods," and hotels, airlines, and destinations often offer deep discounts during these times to entice travelers and drum up business. One example of a shoulder period is the early fall, which is when kids have typically gone back to school and most families are unable to travel. Early January and mid-April are great times to travel as well. You may miss out on New Year's and the usual Spring Break period, but there are often serious savings to be had in doing so. If you have to travel during peak times, you can help offset costs with the exclusive discounts on hotels, rental cars, and other vital essential travel options through Experiences by Welk™.
Fly for Less
Air travel is often one of the greatest costs when it comes to booking a vacation, so saving money on airfare can really make your trip more affordable. Fortunately, there are several frugal travel tips for pinching your pennies when it comes to booking a flight. If you don't mind a bit of a hassle, consider taking a less desirable flight. This may be a weekday flight that's booked for very early or very late in the day, a booking that includes multiple layovers, or a flight that goes through smaller airports just outside the main hubs. It may be less convenient than a midday direct flight on the weekend, but it could potentially save you hundreds of dollars in airfare.
Joining a few loyalty programs or frequent-flyer programs can really pay off as well. This isn't a short-term solution since it'll take some time to accumulate points or miles, but those rewards can really add up to big savings over the long term. In fact, depending on how often you travel during the year, you can even earn completely free flights! Virtually every such program is free to join, so it makes sense to sign up for every airline that you use.
Clear Your Cookies
No, you don't need to rid your home of any delicious, sugary snacks. We're talking about the digital cookies that airline and hotel booking websites use to identify you and track your activity online. Many of these websites employ a process called dynamic pricing, which means that the prices you're shown for airfare and hotel bookings may change depending on how often you check them. If you're checking prices on a specific flight or hotel often enough, you may notice that the cost actually goes up over time. Clearing your internet browser's cookies ensures that you're getting a fair and accurate price that isn't influenced by your online activity. To avoid this hassle altogether, you can plan your trip through Experiences by Welk, which always offers the most up-to-date discounts without inflating prices based on your previous search history!
Maximize Credit Card Rewards
Airline and hotel rewards programs are great, but they aren't the only ways to earn big savings on travel. One of the best frugal travel tips around is to learn how to use a travel rewards credit card. These cards can massively slash the cost of your next vacation, but you'll have to use them wisely. Start by researching to identify the credit card rewards programs that best suit your travel needs and preferences. Once you've signed up for a card, begin using it in place of cash for all of your everyday purchases. Put the cash for your purchases aside and use it to pay your credit card balance in full at the end of each month. By doing this, you can rack up major rewards in a hurry without incurring painful interest penalties. As an added bonus, this approach can also improve your personal credit score over time. When you book through Experiences by Welk, you can maximise your rewards by using the card with the best benefits for all your travel purchases through the platform.
Explore Experiences by Welk
One of the simplest and most effective ways to save money on traveling is to join a discount platform like Experiences by Welk. As a member, you’ll be connected with virtually everything you need to create a dream vacation, from deep savings on thousands of travel destinations to great deals on hotels, car rentals, cruises, activity packages, and more. You'll not only get huge savings on bookings, but also earn Welk Reward Credits for all your qualifying purchases and individual assistance through an exclusive concierge service. Also, as you accumulate Welk Reward Credits, you can apply the total towards future purchases, saving even more. Sign up for a 90-day free trial and give it a try for your next vacation!
Everyone deserves a chance to get away and see the world without financial circumstances getting in the way. If you're having a hard time figuring out how to pay for your next trip, put these tips into action and watch the savings add up.
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