11 Thrifty Travel Tips
Start writing a post

I love to travel but I'm working on a college student budget. I work part-time and I'm lucky that my parents are helping me out with the costs of college, but I don't rely on them for everything. I'm hoping that in my 20s, I will be able to go on more vacations since I will be graduating college soon and I will be able to make more money from working full time. For the time being, I try to make the best of what I have and try to find ways to save money on traveling. Here are some tips for traveling on a budget.

Book a hotel outside of the city

Staying inside of major cities is always a great experience, but you can find a hotel for half the price that's right up the road. When I recently went to Washington D.C., we looked into hotels both in the center of the city and right outside of the city. We ended up staying in a nice hotel in Arlington, VA. It was only a 10-minute drive from the center of the city, and with the amount we saved from booking a hotel just outside the city, we were able to stay an extra night. Parking costs were also a lot cheaper in Arlington than in the D.C. hotels. If you're driving to your destination, this is usually the easier more cost-effective way to go but even if you're flying, Uber can be a cheap resource to get you where you need to go.

Look into Airbnb

Airbnb is another great option for those who want more space or don't mind skipping the hotel. Airbnb can offer a more unique experience for a better price than most hotels.

Bring snacks

This will allow you to spend less money on soft pretzels and will allow your budget for more experienced-based tourism. You'll also find you save a lot of time by not waiting on long lines for food.

Turn a flight into a road trip if you have the time

Sometimes it's just fun to be on the road. It's also less expensive to drive and you won't have to worry about renting a car or using Uber.

Take advantage of the free coffee and breakfast at the hotel

If you're staying in a hotel that offers a complimentary breakfast, this can be an easy and convenient way to save food/coffee money. Make sure to double-check the hours and location that they offer breakfast when you check-in.

Ask for experiences as gifts instead of items

Lately, I've been asking for vacations from my parents instead of gifts. Last year for my birthday I stayed at The Paramount (my fave hotel, like, ever. It's so close to Times Square.) Then this Christmas I asked for a Disney trip and I wasn't disappointed one bit. I'll take an amazing experience over a new pair of shoes any day.

Take time to be a tourist in the cities close to home

Being a tourist in your hometown can open you up to amazing learning experiences. You'll have a newfound appreciation for your own city. On days when you can't afford a hotel, check out some of your local museums and tourist spots. I'm lucky to live close to New York City and the Hamptons, two popular tourist destinations. I would also like to visit upstate New York or New Jersey for a one/two-night mini-vacation soon since it's so close to home. Even if you don't live in a huge metro area, you can still find new things to do in your own neighborhood.

If flying is a million times more convenient, shop flights

This could make a huge difference. Flight prices fluctuate like crazy. Google has a feature where you can track flights and they will update you on the costs of flights. I would suggest doing that before you commit to a flight.

If you're going to fly, pack light

Trust me, I struggle with overpacking, but it's worth it to bring less. Do you really need to bring five hair products and six pairs of shoes for seven days? Not necessarily, just prioritize what you're really not going to live without. Airlines charge a lot of money for extra bags so being very selective when choosing what you want to bring can help save you a lot of dough. I've seen certain circumstances where the costs of the airplane ticket were less than the cost of a carry on bag.

 Rent a bike instead of a car

Obviously this only works for certain destinations, but there are many places you can visit that are bike-friendly. If you're staying in a city such as NYC or Boston, this is probably your best bet as traffic and parking expenses can get quite expensive.

 Stop spending money on things and start spending money on experiences, trust me you'll be a lot happier

If you really want to spark joy, fill your house with photos and memories instead of items that you don't really need.

Report this Content
Health and Wellness

PCOS Is The Worst, But The Women Battling It Every Day Are Extraordinary

Women are learning new ways to assist hormonal health every single day.

727

Everyone knows someone who has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Maybe you don't know that you know, but with 10% of women in the United States having the autoimmune disease, it's more common than you'd think. The hormonal hell that many of these women go through is not only painful, but it's exhausting, with too few answers thanks to a lack of research and consistency.

This lack of research makes the disease rather "trial and error" for many women, as everyone's case is different and requires them to figure things out based on experimentation. Thankfully, the women of the world are good at fixing problems. While PCOS has caused me a lot of hurt, I've been blown away by the women I've met who continue to tackle this battle head-on, one day at a time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Tuesday's debate had a lot of talking points. (And by that I mean a lot of interruptions... 76 to be exact by none other than Donald Trump.)

Keep Reading... Show less

OK, listen, I also think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is cool. I had an Elizabeth Warren sign in my dorm room for a while. I'm currently interning for a congressional candidate. I'm very invested in politics. And supporting and liking certain politicians over others is a part of being invested in politics.

Keep Reading... Show less
Rebecca Alvarez

Rebecca Alvarez is many things: founder, sexologist, CEO, mentor, and more — as a Latina businesswoman, each of her endeavors is grounded in the strong principles of inclusivity and diversity, especially in sexual health and wellness. Bloomi is the product of her all of her shared passions, and with it she has fostered a community of like-minded, passionate women.

Keep Reading... Show less

There is not a consistent standard for health education in the United States. There are a lot of variables that go into this — what state a student lives in, whether they go to a public or private school, and the district's funding and priorities. These variables can be argued for any subject, not just health class. But as we continue to grow as a society, hopefully bettering our education system along the way, it's crucial to consider this often-forgotten element of a child's schooling.

Keep Reading... Show less

In March, the whole country shut down. School was online, extra-curriculars were canceled, and I found myself laying in bed all day every day. One day, as I was laying in bed contemplating my laziness, I decided that I wanted to do something to make myself more healthy. I was feeling so down on myself and my laziness so I decided to make a change.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

10 Songs That Made It Onto My September Playlist

September is the month for Los Angeles natives and Australian music fans.

4452

The Neighbourhood, Bad Suns and The Driver Era are three Los Angeles bands that released songs this month. Not only was it a month for Los Angeles bands, but many Australian bands released new music — San Cisco's fourth studio album, Surf Trash single, Skegss single, and High Tropics single. I made new discoveries this month and was pleased by the amount of new music.

Read the listicle below to learn what came out this month in alternative rock music:

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Staying Active While You're Stuck Inside IS Possible, It Just Takes Some Small Steps

I know the last thing you want to think about right now is exercising, but it's time to put down the controller and put on your workout clothes.

1100

As someone who has also been living on a bed since March, I can guarantee you that working out has been the last thing on my priority list. It's pretty far down there, along with my motivation and brain cells I used to use for work. However, I have made an effort in the past couple of weeks to move up exercising to at least number three on my priorities list.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels

I am not a licensed therapist or medical provider, therefore this article is not to be used as such. Instead, see it as an article to help guide you in a healthier direction when finding solutions to minimize your anger. If you are dealing with anger issues, please consult your primary care physician, or reach out to Better Help.

Everyone has dealt with anxiety, stress, and even anger at some point in their lives. For some, it's a daily battle with coping anger issues. In fact, it can be brought on by something rather random, or it could even be caused by a highly stressful job where you are dealing with incompetent coworkers and feeling rather under-appreciated. Although life tends to bring along this type of stress that piles on top of the already raging volcano inside, it is best to learn how to live with it in a healthy way.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments