Tips for Couples That Travel Based on a Budget

January 2, 2012 · Posted in Savings 

If you’re traveling as a couple, you want to make sure you have plenty of money. When you’re traveling on a budget, you want to be sure you get the most for your money. The following are some budget friendly travel tips for couples:

1. Select a few different places you would like to travel to together and see which one is most affordable and best fits with your budget. You can do a lot of your research on the Internet. Try to find packages that include travel and lodging and see who has the best price.

2. Consider traveling during low season instead of high season. You will save money if you travel during low season. During low season, hotels and local attractions usually offer a discount as an incentive for people to visit then. Also, during low season, your transportation costs are usually lower because less people are traveling at that time. For example, if you are thinking of traveling to Europe, you will most likely find tickets to fly there for several hundred dollars less than you would during high season. Of course this all depends on where you are located to begin with.

For couples looking to travel to a beach resort, one of the best times to travel is in the fall. Prices are low, so you will save money and stick to your budget, and kids are back to school, so the resorts should be quiet.

3. Make sure you save money for the trip together and on your own. If you want to take a budget friendly trip, you have to have the money to pay for your trip. You can increase your savings in a fun way by adding to both a joint account and an individual account and seeing who is able to save the most money for the trip.

4. Find hotels that include breakfast with the cost of your room. You will find that lots of hotels offer breakfast as an incentive for you to stay with them. If you are looking to do a trip to Europe you may also wish to consider Bed & Breakfasts. Their accommodations are typically budget friendly and so are their staff.

5. Order one entree and share it at dinner. This is great if you can decide on one you would both enjoy. Divide it up into two servings and add a soup or a salad and you will find that you save a lot of money on dining out. You may have to pay a few dollars in the form of a plate fee to do this but if you let them know in advance, they will take care of it for you. When you share your dinner, you are really experiencing budget friendly travel.

6. Be careful not to spend too much money on filtered water. Hotels have found lots of ways to make extra money, such as charging for local newspapers, use of the Internet, as well as offering bottled water for about $3.80 a bottle. If you find that your hotel is close to a local grocery store, visit them on your first day there and see if you can buy water by the gallon. Consider taking a couple of good refillable water bottles with you and fill them from the gallon each time you would like some water. This may seem like a bit of work, but it will save you lots of money, especially if you are traveling for a week or two.

Couples that plan their travel based on a budget typically find that they can travel more often each year. Try to be somewhat flexible with your travel dates and always keep an eye out for amazingly low travel deals. There are many travel websites that allow you to compare prices and find excellent deals which will allow you to stick to your travel budget as well.

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