We’ve all had our fair share of bumps and bruises travel season. But it is still possible everything goes on your next trip. (See: journey of revenge.) The good news is that you don’t have to go broke to go big on your vacation. We’ve selected Matt Guidice’s budget travel pro Matt’s flightswhich appeared in important publications such as The New York Times, and luxury travel influencer Wande Akin de Take a walk with Wande, who has over 86,000 followers on Instagram, for some of the best budget travel tips. So you can save at every step of the vacation process.
Is booking my flight on Tuesday a good budget travel tip?
Guidice says no. “It depends more on the day/time you’re going and coming back than the day you book the flight,” he explains. Akin agrees. “What really matters is the day of the week you want to fly, as well as how far in advance you book your flight,” she says. “The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays as they are non-busy travel days.” So being flexible with the days you leave and return from a trip could be easier on your wallet.
so what is a good budget travel tip when booking flights?
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Open to alternate airports. Because fewer people fly to less popular airports, you might find a better deal. Think: Newark and Burbank over JFK and LAX.
It uses third-party sites like Kayak and Priceline… to an extent. They can help you find good fares, especially for budget airlines like spirit or Border. But once you find a good deal, book your ticket directly through the airline and third-party carriers. This will help you avoid additional fees and resolve issues such as flight delays or cancellations more quickly.
Put your travel card to use when you book that flight. Because incorporated travel insurance and points for future flights can help you save in the long run. Especially if you plan to travel a lot in the future.
Any other tips for traveling on a budget?
One of the most common mistakes travelers make is procrastination, according to Guidice. Yes, we are all guilty of it from time to time. But booking tickets is not the time to do it. “You have to train yourself to just pull the trigger sometimes,” says Matt. “Especially if you’re going to make the trip 100%.” Why? Because making moves in advance is much easier on your wallet.
Guidice’s tip: book your flight, hotel or Airbnb stay at least six months in advance your next international vacation. And at least three months ahead if you are on vacation in the USA. ICYMI: Last minute deals aren’t a thing anymore. At least with the airlines, who have realized that they can make more money by raising prices right before a flight.
Akin says it pays to stick with one or two airlines you like. “Airlines offer free flights, upgrades and more to status passengers,” she explains. “It’s important to find an airline or two that you can earn status and points with. Find the airlines that offer the benefits you want. You’ll save a lot of money.”
Another suggestion from Guidice is to bring light. Like the carry-on light. Some airlines will charge for checking a bag. And most will charge you for going over their 50-pound weight limit for checked bags. One way she suggested to keep your bag(s) light: Leave some toiletries at home if you can buy them at your destination.
Are some destinations better for budget travel than others?
Guidice and Akin’s advice is to think outside the box and consider visiting less popular destinations when traveling on a budget. Think: those you haven’t seen on Instagram and TikTok already like Paris and Greece. You’ll still have stunning scenery, as well as fewer crowds and less expensive restaurants and hotels.
When you travel, especially to a place that relies on tourism dollars, go the extra mile to make sure you’re supporting the economy. Tip: Opt for local tour guides and stick to popular restaurants, rather than larger chains. Akin told us it’s also a good idea to learn the basics of the country’s language. How to say Hello, Thank you and Please. And be nice, ask the restaurant or staff about local tours. Akin says it helped on his trip to Bangkok. “As a result of the people I met, I got so many recommendations for places to eat and even secret caves I’d never heard of before,” she says.
Which destinations make it difficult to follow these tips?
Main international cities. Or places you see on TikTok. Like Rome, Paris and London. And popular American destinations like Aspen, Colorado and Key West, Florida. Because there are so many trendy tourist attractions, it can be tempting to throw your own budget through the window
Anything else to consider before booking my flight?
Remember to be flexible. Akin told us that a common mistake travelers make is to search for specific dates and destinations before booking a flight. “You have to turn it around,” she says, “Find cheap flights to any destination and date and then book your flight from there.” Oh, and don’t stick to the hard and fast rules you’ve been taught in the past, like waiting until the last minute to book a cheaper flight.
Going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to come home with an empty wallet. But the old rules like booking on a Tuesday will no longer cut costs. The good news: A little research and flexibility can land you a dream vacation.