10 Travel Tips That Will Save You Time & Money

I was thinking the other day that I should write a few essential tips that I have learned over time when preparing to travel. They are true and tried.

  1. Go to skyscanner and look for flights that you are looking for. If you are flexible on time search by "cheapest month". If you are like me and have to travel when you have to travel, then put an alert to watch prices. This has saved me hundreds of dollars. Book when you feel comfortable that prices will not get lower than what you are aiming for.
  2. Use TripAdvisor for booking hotels. I read pages and pages of reviews and more often than not whatever people say is usually true. Try to skip reviews that have incidences that are isolated, you may skip on a hotel that is very nice because of a one off incident.
  3. Search for hotels you know you cannot afford. TripAdvisor can help you find a hotel close to the one that you want but cannot afford. For example in Japan we obviously could not afford staying at Park Hyatt however I searched for it and then scrolled down to hotels that were "like" Park Hyatt at considerably lower prices. In Mykonos we had a BARGAIN where we paid a fraction of the price for our hotel through getaroom. It was ridiculous because we got an upgrade too when we arrived.
  4. Read blogs and articles. They will usually lead you to places that you were not aware of and they will provide tips that will be helpful. Travel blogs are a gold mine for me. You will find tours, hotels, sights etc on blogs that you will not find on main stream sites.
  5. Do not go to places because everyone is going there. Read up and decide for yourself. Usually again if you find people saying something about a place it is usually true. If you read in more than a few places that a particular site isn't worth it then leave it. It is most likely not worth it. If you find that a place is a must go then GO!
  6. Book tours. I said it. I do not advocate for tours on every trip I take but sometimes when you are short on time it is the best way to see a city. I try to avoid big tour companies and go for smaller ones that have a personal feel. You get more for you money and a better experience. We will be taking some free tours soon in South America I will be sure to update this post on our experience.
  7. Eat where the locals eat. I love walking into restaurants that are literally holes in the wall. In Florence and Venice we had the most amazing experiences. We just walked into a non pretentious restaurant with minimal advertising and had some of the best food and ambiance of our travels. Also you will interact with the locals and find out things that you probably wouldn't have.
  8. Travel with someone who understands and gets you. This should probably be number one. But seriously go with someone who won't ruin your experience. You do not want to be thousands of miles away from home fighting over BS.
  9. Pack lightly. I like to be able to maximize my travel so when we go into a city I like to be able to move around fluidly. Also I do not like to check in luggage. In Bali we made this mistake and regretted it. We waited over an hour for our luggage. Pack a bag or suitcase that's a carry on and enjoy a baggage less trip pun intended.
  10. Have a plan for your trip. Don't free lance once you have bought your tickets. Make sure you know what you are doing and when. Buy entrance tickets for sites. Reserve places that need reservations before you arrive to save time. Leave room for impromptu stuff but have a plan or you will probably not leave your hotel pool the whole time you are there (unless that's the plan).
A bonus tip would be to travel in the off season or shoulder season. For example if you want to go to Santorini don't go in the height of summer everything is over priced and crowded. We went in September and the weather was still nice. We swam, ate at really nice restaurants and got attention from people working in the hotels because they were not swamped.
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  1. I love this,im a traveller too but you are on level 10..you should try mexico cancun...its such an amazing place guarantee youbwill love it.I love the pointers.

    1. Hey thanks for reading. Cancun is amazing we were there mast year : )