Who doesn’t enjoy going on a relaxing or adventurous vacation?! But even if spending a week in the Caribbean or backpacking across Europe isn’t your craft-beer-equivalent, chances are pretty high that you have to occasionally do some traveling and we want you to save big. Americans pour a lot of money into travel- to the tune of 972 billion dollars on domestic travel alone back in 2019. But it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. We want you to experience all the joy of travel while lessening the financial pain of it. In this episode we cover a litany of tips and tricks that will allow you to save on your next trip. We cover many different aspects of travel, giving you the knowledge and resources that you can keep coming back to in order to save money every single time you book a trip in the future.
- Google Flights – their date and price grid is fantastic for comparing prices.
- Skiplagged – make your layover the destination.
- Kayak.com/explore – if you have ultimate flexibility on your dates and location, you’re definitely going to be able to score rock bottom prices.
- Scott’s Cheap Flights and AirfareWatchdog are both great sites for tracking low airfares.
- Rome2Rio will help you find the most affordable way to get from point A to point B.
- TripAdvisor if you’re looking for a Yelp equivalent for your travels.
- AutoSlash tracks the lowest car rental prices.
- Priceline & Hotwire are the best overall sites for booking discounted lodging and check out the forum BiddingForTravel to get informed of the best rates.
- CruiseCompete and CruiseCritic are great sites for researching and finding affordable cruises if that’s your thing.
- TravelSense.org will lend you a helping hand with planning your trip.
- CostcoTravel has some great vacation packages.
- SquareMouth & InsureMyTrip are both good companies to consider if you’re looking to insure your trip.
- Extra cash – And regardless of where you are on the path to financial independence, we believe in the responsible use of credit cards. It’s smart to utilize the additional benefits that credit cards offer- for instance the 60,000 points that come with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards! This is no joke- I’ve already done this myself which we discussed on a recent episode after I met the initial spending requirements of $4,000 over 3 months!
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