Tips To Money Saving While Traveling At Summer

Summer is quickly approaching so before you load the kids into the car to escape town, there are few money-saving tips you might want to consider.

“Whether you are traveling internationally, by car or just for the weekend, costs are going up and it is important to save on the small things,” said Chris Russo, ASTA president and chair. “An ASTA travel agent is your best resource for finding ways to save while you travel this summer.”

When traveling internationally:

Visit destinations where the U.S. dollars is closest in value to the local currency (currency in the Caribbean is tied to the U.S. dollar, for example)
Look for all inclusive packages, such as resorts or cruises and pay upfront in U.S. dollars
Ask your travel agent about locations that may be less costly as they are in their ‘off season’
Ways to save money on hotels:

Ask your travel agent about upgrading your hotel reservation to a room with two king size beds instead of getting two hotel rooms when traveling in groups or with kids
Ask your travel agent to find hotels where kids stay for free or cheaper when traveling with kids
Ask your travel agent to find a hotel room with a kitchenette so you can take care of a few meals yourself instead of eating out for every meal
Your travel agent can suggest properties that might offer complimentary breakfast or heavy hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon.
When traveling by car:

Pack the car as light as possible – the more weight, the harder the car works and the more gas you use
When renting a car for a large group of people, renting one SUV saves on gas mileage vs. renting two smaller cars
Make sure tire pressure is accurate so that gas is spent efficiently
Use only the grade level of gas that your car owners manual calls for, nothing more
Use cruise control to run the engine efficiently and save on gas
Ways to save at home while you are away:

Turn the air conditioning off or down
Put your lights on timers
Unplug large appliances like TV’s and computers
Turn off automatic sprinklers
Other Tips:

Buy travel insurance: it may cost more upfront, but has the potential to save you thousands
Fly in and out of airports that may be farther outside of the city to get cheaper flights then take public transportation into the city
If a family member has a business trip, consider adding your vacation onto the end of the trip so there is one less plane ticket to pay for
Consider a volunteer vacation–the volunteer portion of your travel may be a tax write-off
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