How to See More… for Less

travel on a budget

Have you ever wanted to travel, but don’t have the funds to support a travel lifestyle? There are ways to still see the world without having to pay an arm and a leg to do so. At our Philadelphia Airport long-term parking, we have some advice on how to see more for less:

Fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday

The most popular travel days are Friday and Sunday, mainly because people like to take long weekend trips and be back to work on Monday. Beat the inflated flight prices of Friday and Sunday and travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday. You can get flights up to 30% cheaper.

Use Coupon Websites

If you’ve never tried websites like Groupon or Living Social, we highly recommend checking them out. You can get great deals on restaurants, shows, salons, tours, products, and more. There are participants from all over the country, so no matter where you want to go, you can most likely find a deal on something in the area.

Walk

It seems like a simple, no-brainer, but walking instead of using public transportation can save you a lot of money.

Don’t Pay for Things You Don’t Need

Whether you’re planning on renting a car or are booking a vacation through a travel agency, don’t pay for things you don’t need, like some types of insurance. In many cases, your medical benefits, credit cards, or homeowner’s insurance will cover you, which means you don’t have to purchase extra insurance.

Ask for Discounts

Whether it’s for a hotel room, a seat on a flight, or a shopping trip, it never hurts to ask if there are any discounts available. You may be surprised.

Pack Your Days

If you’re the kind of person who really doesn’t like planning out their vacation or simply wants to relax, then disregard this tip. Otherwise, pack your trip full of as many activities, sightseeing, and events as you can handle. You’ll be able to see and accomplish more than you think in just one day and you’ll have made the most of your money and time.

Stay Outside of the City

You may want to visit Washington DC, but hotels can cost upwards of $325 if you stay near the main attractions and landmarks. Instead, consider staying outside of the city (like in Arlington, Virginia or Bethesda, Maryland) and take a short metro ride into the city to see everything. You can save more than 40% on a room.

Be Spontaneous

Many airlines offer last-minute deals on flights (many times on the weekends) in order to fill their seats. If you’re spontaneous enough, you can find a flight for a great price just a few days before the departure date.

Travel Light

These days, fewer and fewer airlines offer free checked baggage, so pack all of your clothing and accessories into a carry-on and travel light. You’ll save money and you won’t have to worry about the airline losing your luggage.