I’m here to share with you the number one hack to make your travel more affordable.
It’s no big secret. But it is the biggest mistake the majority of people make when booking travel.
NEVER, ever set your dates first.
That’s right. When you set your travel dates before you’ve researched the cost, you are screwing yourself out of better travel deals.
Instead, do a little investigation first.
People argue with me all the time. “No, I only get a set amount of time for vacation.” “I have to take the travel when I can.” Believe me; I’ve heard a lot of excuses.
I understand you might need to take your vacation at a particular time of year. And that you only get a set amount of days. But NONE of that stops you from checking the cost of travel before your finalize your dates.
Why Should You Check the Cost of Travel First
By checking first, then setting your dates, you know what dates have the cheapest ticket options potentially saving you hundreds or more dollars.
And if you really want to make your travel more affordable, wait to set your destination until after you do your research. Sometimes just switching your arrival city will save you a lot of money. For example, we traveled one way from Paris, France to Perugia, Italy in 2016. Here’s the savings from doing a little research:
Flight from Paris to Rome, overnight stay in Rome and train from Rome to Perugia = $495
Flight from Paris to Bologna, overnight stay in Bologna and train from Bologna to Perugia = $172
Total savings = $323
That’s a lot of difference in cost for something so simple as switching our arrival city. I’ve been able to replicate savings like this multiple times. It’s all about being a little flexible because flexibility equals savings.
The Other Benefits of Being Flexible with Your Dates
The cheapest days of the week to make your travel more affordable are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Not only is transportation such as flights more affordable but hotels are cheaper on the weekdays (Friday and Saturday night are the highest). Weekends are usually your most expensive travel times for both. And for the workaholics or those a little worried about their job while taking a vacation, starting and ending your vacation in the middle of the week means that you can make an appearance.
Another great way to save is by traveling in the off-season. Off season travel not only can give you savings of up to 60% on travel, hotels, and attractions but you also get to see favorite locations without the hoards of tourists. And it’s not like you have to travel way into the off-season, you can book your stays right at the beginning or end, resulting in lower prices but still great weather.
Researching travel before setting your dates is the easiest and number one hack to make your travel more affordable. Just by being a little flexible, you can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on a trip.
So where are you traveling next?