Tricks of the Trade: Traveling on a Budget

Alexandra Parsons

Rent, car payments, credit card payments, utilities, tuition and more; everyone has plenty of expenses. Don’t let that be the cause for not getting out there and seeing what the world has to offer. Never is as good of time as any to make the most of the weekends and see as many places as one can.

Here are a few tips and tricks to keep the travel costs down:

If it is cheaper to drive than fly and if there is time, drive.

For long road trips, utilize the time and call someone on Bluetooth or speaker.

Always plan ahead. Bring plenty of drinks, snacks, a phone charger, and be aware of the tolls on the route, especially if one does not have an E-ZPass.

When at a rest stop, take a walk and sit down to eat. Fifteen minutes more isn’t going to slow down the trip that much and it is a much-deserved break from staring at the interstate.

Use a bank that allows travel points to be gained each time the card is swiped.

Don’t check baggage unless absolutely needed. Shampoo, conditioner and a razor can always be bought at the destination. Plus, it will mean not having to spend time waiting for it at the baggage claim and instead of hopping off the plane, and ready to go.

Don’t uber to the airport, it is such a waste of money. Ask a friend or roommate for a lift and save a couple bucks, or take public transit.

Bring a reusable water bottle. Don’t waste money on a $5 water bottle at the airport when an empty one can be brought through security.

Claiming miles by entering one’s personal mileage account code when booking a flight. It costs nothing at all and only takes an extra minute.


Alexandra Parsons

Staff Writer