How to Save Money On Travel This Summer

by Shannon Wallace on May 24, 2016 Travel and Leisure 190 Views

Summertime is here and you know what that means!  It’s time for travel and that vacation you’ve been looking forward to the past few months.  Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons in the United States and many people will be taking to the road or flying to their travel destination in the next few weeks. 

There is no doubt that travel itself can be stressful but there are many ways to take the sting out of some of the summer travel expenses.  Here’s some ways you can save some money on your next vacation.

First off, frequent browsing can work against you.  You may think that if you visit a website every day you’ll find a deal but the fact is, you may be driving the price up.  This is because the site records visitors and registers each view as a demand for the ticket.  So how to you get around this?  Clear your browsing history!  When you clear your history, the website thinks it is dealing with a unique visitor and wants to earn their business.  In many cases, you’ll find deals you didn’t even know were there.

Second, consider booking one-way flights, they can often be cheaper than the same round-trip ticket.  Sounds crazy, but it is true!  This method will require you to research a little bit, but the extra legwork will save you money!

Another way to save money while flying over the summer break?  Lighten up that suitcase or take a carryon bag.  If you’re over-packing, that can also lead to more bag fees or overweight charges.  If you can master the art of packing light, go for it!  You’ll save a lot of money on bag fees.  You can also try to carry-on.  If you don’t think you’ll be able to get an overhead bin, you can even gate check your bag for free.

A good way to pack light is to bring clothing that works well with a variety of outfits.  If everything you pack goes together, you can get multiple outfits out of a few single items.  Dark colors are good because they don’t show dirt and they match well with almost anything.  It also means you’ll get more mileage out of your clothing over your vacation.

Stay on top of your flight details through flight notifications via text message or through the airlines app.  You can program the app to send you a message in the event your flight is canceled or the gate changes.  Apps will also allow you to use your phone as a boarding pass, so if you’re running late or short on time, you can skip the ticket counter altogether.

Use these tips to save you time and money and you’ll be on your way to a great summer vacation in no time.

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