Minimizing travel costs
No question that traveling costs can add up fast. But I’ve found that there are a ton of ways to help minimize the costs. Here’s just a few of my tips for taking that dream trip without breaking the bank:
HomeExchange.com: For a relatively small annual fee, you can gain access to 65,000+ houses in 150 different countries. Since
listing our home a few months back, we’ve had 6 different requests from families in France, Brazil, Iceland, Belgium and the USA who are looking to stay in our house while we stay in their house. Such a cool idea and no doubt part of the increasingly popular “shared economy” trend. We’ve nailed down our plans this Summer and are thankful to be using HomeExchange.com for our upcoming stay in the French Alps that includes not only the flat, but also a car. Translation….we just eliminated rental car and lodging expenses!
Chase Sapphire Reserve Card: This card has some of the BEST travel rewards I’ve found. Might as well get something in return for all those mundane trips to the grocery store, gas station and school shopping! Here’s a few of the best perks: 50,000 bonus points (after spending $4,000 in first 3 months), $300 annual travel credit, 50% more value in travel redemption using Chase Ultimate Rewards site, 3x points for travel and dining, and application fee credit for TSA pre-check or Global Entry. Our most recent airfare to Hawaii was purchased almost entirely using points from this card.
Airbnb: I will never book a hotel again without first checking Airbnb. Hotels are not only expensive, but there always seems
to be hidden fees: resort fees, parking fees, daily use fees, etc, etc. By using Airbnb, I’ve found I can find accommodation that’s equal to if not better than a hotel room, at typically half the cost. Case in point, I’ve wanted to visit the Caribbean island of Anguilla for a long, long time. But unfortunately, the hotels there cater to the ultra-rich. Average nightly rates can easily exceed $1,000/nt. So, I’ve put it off….that is until I did a search on Airbnb and found some incredible options. And guess what, now we have an amazing basecamp established for an upcoming visit to Anguilla over my son’s Spring break.
These are just a few of the tricks I’ve used to help keep costs down…but there are many, many more that I’ll share from time to time. Looking forward to sharing those to show it’s still possible to get out there and experience the world without breaking the bank. Happy travels!