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How many of y’all like to travel? Hopefully, everyone raised their hands. If you’ve been a reader of TBJ for a while, you know that traveling is my anti-drug. I’d rather travel than waste money on an expensive car or a ridiculously large mansion. To me, life is all about experiences. Last year, I had the chance to use my passport for the first time. It took me five years, but the wait was worth it.
A lot of people think that it’s super expensive to travel. I’ll be the first person to tell you that it’s not. There are several tools out there that will help you save money. Today, I want to go over ten ways to save money on travel.
Priceline is one of my favorite websites to book travel on. I’ve been using Priceline for years. They have a great platform that allows you to view flights, hotels, and rental cars. You can compare the different prices and the different brands. Priceline has a feature called “Name Your Own Price.” With this feature, you can get bid for a hotel room or a rental car. If Priceline accepts that deal, you can get the room or hotel for that price! I’ve made numerous successful bids on multiple hotel rooms and rental cars in the past. They used to let you book flights with this feature, but they discontinued it in 2016. I guess people were saving too much money.
Booking.com is a site that also has a lot of travel deals on it. You can book hotel rooms, flights, and cars with them. Booking.com has travel guides for many of the top destinations throughout the world. They also have a section where you can view different restaurants in the city that you are going to.
Expedia is another site that I’ve used before. They have a section that features bundle deals. If you are a fan or cruises, you should check Expedia. They have a feature that allows you to book cruises through them. When you book a cruise with Expedia, you get their Price Guarantee, and you don’t have to pay any cruise booking fees.
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Orlando, Florida is one my favorite cities to visit. I lived there for seven months when I interned at Walt Disney World. There is so much to do in Orlando. Besides Disney World, you can visit Universal Studios, SeaWorld Orlando and more. You can also go to an Orlando Magic basketball game during the basketball season. Best of Orlando is the number one site that you should check out when you are looking to visit Orlando. They have sections for hotels, theme park tickets, shows, attractions, and tours.
Travelocity is a travel site that is similar to Priceline and Expedia. If you find a lower price, Travelocity will refund you the difference. Also, you can search over 400 airlines and more than 321,000 hotel rooms worldwide. They have a section on their site called Get Inspired. Once you click on that tab, you can view several topics such as beach, city and romantic.
Virtually everyone has heard of Groupon. If not, I’ll give you a brief explanation. Groupon is an online marketplace that specializes in offering activities, goods, and travel for people. Groupon is great for finding deals for massages, restaurants and more. Groupon has getaways section where you can purchase travel deals. There are all kinds of trip deals that you can buy. For example, Groupon is offering an eight day London, Paris & Rome trip with hotel and air for $899. Damn. That’s a good price.
HomeAway is a site where you can book lodging. You can choose from rental houses, condos and more. I booked a room through HomeAway a few years ago in Miami. The trip was during Memorial Day Weekend. The cheapest hotel that I could find cost $660 for the three day weekend. I booked a room for $330 through HomeAway. I saved over $300 bucks. That was a steal. If you don’t want to pay for expensive hotels, give HomeAway a shot.
Trip Advisor is one of the best travel websites out there. You can do many things on their including searching for things to do in different cities such as top attractions. Something that’s unique about Trip Advisor is that you can leave reviews to hotels and businesses on their site. I like that they have that feature. Sometimes companies or hotels can be biased when it comes to their descriptions. A fellow traveler won’t be. They will tell you the truth. If a hotel or business is bad, they will let you know in the review. You can also upload pictures of the business or hotel in your review as well. This is great because you get a chance to really see how things look instead of just viewing the professional pictures. Trip Advisor is a site that you must check out when you’re thinking about traveling.
I’m a huge fan of Airbnb. I used them for the first time to book a place to stay when I went to Cuba in 2016. If you are trying to save money, you should check out Airbnb. They have several unique booking options. You can book homes, apartments, a bedroom and more. If you don’t feel like paying hundreds of dollars for overpriced hotel rooms, you should sign up for Airbnb today. Readers of The Butler Journal can save $40 during their first stay over $75 by signing up at this link.
Last, but certainly not least is Google Flights. If you are flying somewhere, you must check out this site. They show you different flight info such as how many connections you’ll have and the best flight option that is available. You can also filter out airlines that you might now want to fly with. Google Flights also has an explore map that allows you to see the price of a flight from your home city to the other cities on the map.
If you thought that it was expensive to travel, I hope that this article has changed your mind. With research, you can save hundreds of bucks when it comes to traveling. The ten ways to save money on travel will help you out. If you haven’t used them in the past, this is the perfect time to start.