Hey beautifuls! It’s been a minute but I can’t believe we’re already in April. Crazy right? Something me and Alex really wanted to do more of was travel. Ever since we started dating, we’ve always traveled together. If I remember right, the first trip we went on was to Los Angeles, Alex’s hometown. Also the first time I met his family. Also the first time I had authentic Mexican food. A lot of firsts for me lol. But it was so much fun and we haven’t stopped traveling since!
So we wanted to share our travel hacks and things we do when we’re traveling to save money! It’s helped us out a TON and we’ve kind of just learned these as we’ve traveled more. Keep reading for more and let us know what you do to save money when you’re taking fun trips.
Travel During the Off-Season
AP: Off-season is obviously a good time to travel because travel prices go down depending on where you’re going. But it also can mean you won’t get a full experience. Just keep that in mind. But September right when school begins fewer people travel because it’s back to the “real world”. Take it as a time to check prices. Always look 3 to 6 months out for some great prices also. And again, off-season for Colorado is usually summer cause there’s not much snow in the mountain towns, but summer for somewhere like the Bahamas, prices will be higher cause it’s their on-season.
CC: Another thing to keep in mind too is booking during the “off-days” Most of the time, flights will be cheaper if you fly on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Also check for flights during those days too. Airlines know when they get the most visits so like Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so the prices you see on those days are more expensive than if you were to look on a Tuesday or Wednesday. AND when you’re looking at flights, do it through an incognito window. I’ve noticed that prices can be cheaper when you’re browsing on private.
Travel Apps We Use
AP: While traveling, there are certain apps that are a must-have, and of course some apps are for specific cities. The app Transit, for example, is easy to use must have while in New York, but also has updated itself to include so many other cities it’s crazy. A few other must-haves are Yelp for restaurants, Groupon for cheap things to do around town, Uber, and Lyft if you don’t have a ride (Lyft is always cheaper though). And of course, when heading somewhere just enter the location into the search option in the App Store. 90% of the time the city has an app of its own so you can find things to do and local travel tips.
CC: With the whole Uber and Lyft thing, I’d definitely say it’s better to rent a car because you save ALOT of money that way but we know that if you’re younger than 25, renting a car can also come out to be expensive. But apps I’ve used when looking for flights are Hipmunk, Skyscanner, Hopper, Justfly. They’re all really good!
AP: I often search through multiple booking sites because even though some sites like Kayak say they give you all prices in one place, I’ve found that’s not always true. They will post the last updated price for your destination from the other sites but it could be 24 hours old. So heading to Priceline or Hotels.com might just save you a few needed bucks. I like using Hotels.com specifically because they allow you to accumulate nights for a free stay. For packages, Priceline and Expedia seem to always have the lowest prices offered.
CC: What he said hahaa. He takes care of booking hotel, car, etc. But yeah Hotels.com is cool because you accumulate those nights.
Skip the Luggage
CC: I did this for the first time and it was so good you guys! If you’re going on a short trip, skip the luggage and just do a carry-on. It completely erases the amount of time you have to stand in line checking in your luggage and worrying whether they’re gonna lose your luggage or not. Go with a carry-on! It’ll save you so much time and money.