How to Travel High Class on a Shoestring Budget this Summer
Look for Low-Season Specials
Depending on where you are looking to vacation, you can almost always find deals for destinations that have very distinct “high” and “low” seasons. For example, warmer or tropical climates are more expensive during the winter months because people want to escape the bitter cold months of home and relax at the beach. On the flip side, mountain resorts that are popular with skiers and snow-junkies are also more expensive during the winter months. As long as you aren’t an adventure traveler with a specific agenda for your trip, summer can be great because usually people don't want to travel places that are too hot when the climate is comfortable at home.
Check Travel Sites Often
There are countless travel sites online nowadays that are constantly offering incredible deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, and excursions. If you check frequently enough, and find a deal you like, consider packaging everything you can together. This is essentially doubling down on your savings because each site wants to entice you to only use them. Shop around however, you never know which site will be running the best deals when you need it most!
Buy Your Supplies Ahead of Time to Get Low Season Sales
A lot of travelers will wait until the last minute, start trying to pack and then realize they need a few new pairs of shorts or some completely new casual dinner attire. If you know you are going on a summer vacation well ahead of time, try to buy those things on sale after the high season. Retailers like L.L. Bean constantly need to make room on their racks for the newest fashions so they’ll often drastically discount last year's styles. Take advantage of this and restock your wardrobe. Even if you won’t be needing it for a few months, you’re going to save a lot of money!
Utilize Rewards and Loyalty Programs
Not everybody travels often, but if you are fortunate enough to have that luxury, take full advantage of what you’ve been given. A lot of companies that require their employees to travel for work will allow them to keep their rewards miles and loyalty points to use as they wish. Look for credit cards with travel rewards, hotels with customer loyalty incentive plans, and anything else that offers additional bonuses. Over time these will really add up to something substantial.
Make a Pre-Vacation Budget
One of the most crucial and important parts of traveling is knowing the rough costs of everything (food, entertainment, excursions, etc.) before you arrive. Use some popular travel message boards and online communities to ask questions, get general prices for where you are going, and any other miscellaneous questions like conversion rates, ATM fees, and anything else you may encounter on your trip.
Do a Last Minute Check
In order to maximize your relaxation and/or adventure time, plan absolutely everything ahead of time and do a last minute check. Get at least some currency converted before leaving, download some travel apps, learn about the area, etc. so once you arrive you have the entire time to enjoy yourself.