9 Money Saving Tips For When You're On Vacay + Travel Budget Printable!
You’ve finally saved up your pennies for your next getaway and we’re so excited for you — so excited that we’re giving you 8 tips on how to save even more of your money WHILE you’re on your actual trip. If you’re ballin’ on a budget, we’re right there with you!
Know the exchange rate of your travel destination ahead of time. This way, you can pull out cash prior to going abroad because many exchange centers/ATMS around the world don’t have the best exchange rates and you won’t get the best bang for your buck. Also, try to be as strict as possible about the budget (see below) you've created for yourself, organized by food, shopping, experiences, etc. You’ll be glad you did!
Download a Printable Travel Budget Worksheet HERE.
Unless your hotel offers free breakfast in the morning, plan on having a really great “Treat Yo Self” meal for brunch, that way you’re not paying for three full meals. Brunch and some pre-packed snacks before dinnertime will get you through the day and will save your pockets from all of the foodie splurging.
1. Walking is FREE! 2. While you’re walking, you’ll get to experience more by people-watching, talking with locals and observing your surroundings more! Look for areas where you can plan out a walking map so you can save some of your transportation money! 3. Walking is FREE!
Honestly, the best souvenirs to take back home with you are the ones that have real stories behind them. Instead of buying the typical overpriced t-shirt with the name of the city on it (that your friend will only wear to sleep), look for weekend markets and outlets and shop where the locals shop. Souvenirs should remind you of the feeling you had while you were there, not the money you had to set aside to pay for it.
Check out free local street fairs, cultural events and even beautiful parks that only require you to enjoy yourself and soak it all in. Also, museums and tourist sites DO have discounted days and even FREE days, so be sure to check their websites ahead of time! For example:
Chicago, Illinois: Shedd Aquarium Free Days
January 15, 18, 19, 22-26
February 2, 14
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
October 3, 10
If you're trying to go out and enjoy a little night life, look for places that offer happy hour OR pre-game back at your hotel/Airbnb to save yourself from those credit card shots.
Take an Uber, Lyft, rental car and split the cost with your travel buddies! OR do as the locals do and use public transportation — whether its the subway, the bus or even a tricycle ride, you’ll most likely see more of the city this way!
Have a friendly chat with locals during your trip and they’ll most likely be so proud of their hometown, that they’ll give you a guide to the best eats, free activities and secret spots like a non-crowded beautiful hidden beach. This way, you’ll also be able to have more of a personal connection with the culture and community, while adding some spontaneity to your trip!
We know being in a new place is so exciting that you want to jam pack your itinerary but we’re here to tell you that it’s not always worth it. Stay present and spend more time in fewer places to really soak in what you came there for — a new and refreshing experience; that’s a feeling you can’t always get when you’re rushing to get from one place to another. If you’re going to be there, BE there.
Happy Travels, Happy Spending! XX