It may seem like you don't have room in your Budget to travel, but you do! Here are a few tips to cut Vacation costs:
Don't stay in a hotel. Staying somewhere for free is the idea, but if you don't have cousins in the most destination-worthy cities, a hostel is an option worth looking into. Hostels are similar to a community dorm in college. Guests pay for a bed inside of a room shared with other guests and all share a restroom, often time with neighboring rooms. It may be a compromise on space, but it's a benefit on the budget with prices often below $20 per night!
Pack light. On most major airlines, there's no additional charge for a carry-on bag, so not having any checked luggage could save you upwards of $100.
Book Flight strategically. Flying on certain days, like Tuesdays, are less expensive than flying on others, like Thursdays. In addition to the flight itself, buying the ticket earlier in the week is less expensive because prices tend to rise during the latter part of the week. The best time to buy tickets is about as predictable as the best time to buy stocks. On average, one to three months before the flight is the best time to buy tickets. The combination of all these strategies will lead to the best price.
Transportation and lodging are the most important and often most expensive part of making a trip happen. Following these tips and saving money in those areas will help make your next vacation budget friendly.