Do more, travel more, and do it more often. That is pretty much everyone’s goal. There is a lot of information out there about how to save money when you travel. We all know the traditional ways to save costs; travel in the off season, look for airline sales, house sit or couch surf…. but what about all the little things you can do? What about those little things that can save you a ton of money?
1) Travel carry on only
Remember the days when you got an almost unlimited amount of luggage for free on every flight? Remember the days when you couldn’t make your bag overweight, even if you tried? Well, those days are long gone. These days, almost every airline charges you per bag and by the weight. If you are going to be taking a few flights, you can sure save a lot of money by travelling carry on only. We have written extensively about this topic, you might want to check out our posts “how to travel carry on only“, and “how to travel carry on only with kids.”
2) Learn how to drive manual
This is one that most people don’t think about. Did you know that manual transmission vehicles generally rent for much cheaper than an automatic transmission vehicle? So by learning to drive manual you can make sure you can take advantage of these deals, and never find yourself having to shell out more money for essentially the same product.
3) Use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees
This is one that I didn’t really think about until I noticed just how much money we were wasting on foreign transaction fees. We were essentially just donating money to the bank. Normally I would travel with my Canadian credit cards, and I have been luck enough that none of my Canadian credit cards have ever had foreign transaction fees. So when we started using an Australian issued card I never gave it a thought. Until I noticed that we ere being charged an additional fee based on a percentage of our purchase. We wasted hundreds of dollars on nothing.
So do yourself a favour and check with your bank… will you get slugged with an extra charge if you use your card abroad? And if the answer is yes, consider changing credit cards.
4) Wash your clothes by hand
It might only be a dollar or two to do a load of laundry, but when you consider that you might only be travelling with three or four outfits, and therefore need to do laundry much more often, it sure adds up. I always do our washing by hand. It’s part of our travel ritual. After our evening showers and once we are in our PJ’s, either Dan or I will go and wash the days clothes in the sink. It’s not a glamorous part of travel but it sure saves us some cash…. cash that would better be spent on a visit to a yummy restaurant..or two…. or three.
5) Trick the airlines into giving you the best fare
It takes me forever to book an airline ticket, and that’s because I am always on the hunt for a good fare. The first thing I do is check a flight aggregate search engine to get an overview of the offerings from different airlines. Then I usually visit the actual websites of the airlines that come up as the cheapest. Sometimes you can get a better deal if you go direct. Lastly, if applicable, I will search using a “fake” location to try to get an even better rate.