All Summer 16 is approaching so you may be gearing up to pre plan your photos and captions of you and your Squad hitting up the hottest day parties, beaches, and restaurants to flex on the gram, but hold up just one second. You’ve been living on a Ramen Noodle diet all semester, and your refund coins are just about depleated, how will you make these summer travel plans come to life? Traveling isn’t cheap, you have to book flights, hotels, have money to eat with and cash to shop with. You need Houdini to figure out how you’re going to make this happen. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a few travel hacks that will make your vacation planning a little easier and a little less stressful.
Travel Hack #1: Proper planning-
Begin planning as far ahead as possible. The earlier you book your flight, the cheaper it will be. Early planning not only reduces the hassle of trying to throw everything together at one time but it will also keep you from breaking your pockets before you get to your destination. This includes putting together a tentative itinerary, since it’s a vacation, don’t worry about sticking to it concretely, but it will help you visualize the hours you have in a day, and also allow you to research cool must-see spots to check out before your trip is over.
Travel Hack #2: Getting there-
Everyone wants to spend less on flights so here are a few flight apps to download that will help you compare prices and get the best bang for your buck. Download:
- Google Flights
- Airfare Watchdog
And of course if you’re not looking to catch a flight, there’s always Megabus and the good old Grey Hound! Don’t be afraid to buy one way tickets, maybe it’s cheaper to fly to the destination, but take the Amtrak back. You’ll be surprised how inexpensive a fun road trip with friends to a near by city can be. Keep your transportation options open!
Travel Hack #3: Where to stay-
Of course you can stay at a nice hotel, but hotels can be a bit pricey. That’s where Airbnb comes in. (Download the app!) Airbnb gives you a list of places (homes, rooms, apartments, etc) that people are renting out in the area that you’re traveling to. This app is especially helpful if you’re traveling in a group. You can rent whole homes for as low as $175 a night! You can also download VRBO for the same kind of vacation rentals
Travel Hack #4: To get around-
If you can’t just hop on a bus, train or trolley to get around the city you’re visiting, you can always download TURO and rent a car for a much cheaper price than offered at rental companies. On this app, individuals can rent their personal cars out for whatever price they decide. I’ve seen Range Rovers listed with rental prices of only $49 per day!
Travel Hack #5: All in one-
And if you don’t have time to search around and find the best prices, you can always visit Travelocity.com, Expedia.com or Bookit.com to find inexpensive packages that include flight, hotel and car rental. Bundling all three may be more simple for those of you who really dread this process.
One bonus #TravelHack is to check out the local scenery in the city you live in. People sometimes forget how much their hometown has to offer. Check out a museum, visit an art gallery, or try a new restaurant. I’m sure there’s something there that you haven’t had the chance to venture into.
*This is not a sponsored post.