My only regret is that I didn’t know about some of these sooner.
Travel can be hectic, exhausting, and full of unexpected costs. But a few minutes of pre-travel planning can make all the difference in saving you some serious cash.
As someone equally obsessed with both travel and saving money along the way, I wanted to gather up 15 tried-and-true tips and tricks that have personally saved me time, cash, and/or general headaches on my adventures as a travel writer so far. Here they are — and if you have any others to add, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Try booking one plane ticket at a time, even if you’re traveling with a group.
Compare the cost of a nightly Airbnb to a month-long stay.
Pick up your rental car from a location outside the airport.
Consider switching banks to avoid ATM fees.
Apply for a credit card with no foreign transaction fees and great travel perks.
Notify your credit cards that you’re leaving the country.
Splurge on a multi-country travel adapter (or two).
Download an offline Google Map of the city you’re visiting.
And download Google Translate to help you communicate while traveling.
Download the app of the airline you’re flying so you can watch movies, access your tickets, and stay on top of flight alerts.
Put together a carry-on sleep kit.
Pack a little COVID-19 kit.
Pack a bottle of water and some emergency snacks.
Pack everything into a carry-on suitcase and backpack. (It’s possible, I promise.)
Pack your carry-on bags so you don’t get held up at security.
Dress like an airport ninja so you can sail through security and get to your gate.
Any travel tips I missed? What’s your pre-travel routine?
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