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Best Ways to Save Money While Traveling

By travelanswerman | June 16, 2009

Getting around a new city can be difficult enough without having to worry about how much it’s costing you. Check out these options for saving money seeing the sights.

Find a ride. Websites like RideSeek and Ridester make it easy to find and share a ride to your destination, helping cut down on your travel costs.

Get a free gas card. There are many offers you can sign up for that will give you free gas cards. Some hotels even give them out as bonuses for staying with them.

Check out AAA discounts. If you’re a member of AAA, it’s likely that you can get a number of discounts on rentals and services by using your card.

Take public transportation. Most big cities have pretty good public transportation systems and often there are substantial discounts if you buy several passes at once.

Use your own two feet. While it isn’t always possible to walk everywhere you want to go, when you can, do it. It can save you money, give you some exercise, and allow you to spend time exploring a new place.

Bring your bike. One way to avoid having to pay for transportation is to bring your own. Biking is a great way to see the sights, not to mention good exercise. Also, many cities may have a nearby bike rental for you to use during your visit.

Avoid toll roads. Tolls can add up quickly, especially near cities. Use an online mapping program to provide you with an alternate route. It might take a few minutes longer, but you’ll save money and get to take in the scenery.

Don’t rent a car unless you need one. If you only really need a car to get from the airport to your hotel, don’t bother renting a car. You’ll save not only on the rental fee, but gas and parking as well. Again, it only takes a little advance research before you leave. Many times the hotel concierge can be a wonderful source of valuable information.

Research free public transport. Many big cities, in an effort to cater to tourists, have some kind of free public transport between big tourist attractions. Check out your destination city to see if you can save a walk or cab fare with a free ride.

Become a preferred renter. Most rental car companies have preferred renter programs that can save you big bucks when you go to rent a car. While most programs have fees, they will usually waive it if you send them a request.

Use good driving habits. Save yourself valuable gas by using good driving habits like accelerating slowly and always keeping your tires properly inflated. If you’re driving a long distance the savings can really add up. Most people who drive more than the speed limit usually arrive at their destination only a few minutes earlier than when driving within the speed limit.

Work from your RV. Rising gas prices have driven up the cost of an RV vacation, but you can get some of it back by becoming a workamper. There are a variety of jobs to choose from that allow you to bring in income while still enjoying the comforts of an RV vacation.

Take part in a driveaway. If you’re going on a road trip, there many times is a way to do it for free. You can participate in their programs, and get free travel between many different locations. Remember, it may require some effort on your part to perform the Internet research. The money you end up saving is like paying yourself.

Charge your rental car. Many credit cards that specialize in travel have free insurance included when you use them to pay for travel expenses. So even if you don’t purchase the additional insurance, you’ll still be protected.


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