Money-saving Tips For The End-COVID Traveler

Preparing to travel once borders reopen? Here are some money-saving tips every traveler needs!

Ah travel, that word has almost become a thing of history — ALMOST. With the COVID situation getting under wraps (for some countries), many of us plan to put our holiday plans into action BUT ALAS! The recent pandemic has left your wallet drier than the Sahara and you’re digging up every penny from under the couch to add into your holiday funds. Here are some tips to help you get one step closer to scratching that holiday itch without taking up another mortgage.

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1. Saving small amounts each day

Even though it doesn’t sound like much, but a little bit goes a long way. You do not have to force yourself to survive solely on bread alone and the habit of simply emptying your wallet of coins every day to a coin bank will surprise you after several months, keep only the notes in your wallet and the rest goes into a piggy bank. If you are really disciplined, you can try leaving your credit card at home, this really helps a great deal as the convenience of spending more money is suddenly cut out, forcing you to think twice before purchasing that Frappuccino you do not need.

Tip: do not cash in your savings into your main account, that will give you the impression that you have money to spare and cause you to splurge on something. Instead, create another bank account and deposit your savings there and forget about it until the time comes.

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2. Sign up for sales, newsletters, and promotional alerts

Yea, this one might not be for everyone, especially if you don’t like clutter in your inbox. Subscribing to at least 1 or 2 of your favorite booking platforms or travel agencies may reap you some juicy benefits. Travel agencies will occasionally have seasonal promotions for certain countries or flights, these can come in the form of discounts or value-added experiences such as 2 for 1 accommodation, cheaper transportation, or increased cashbacks even! One such example is during the off-peak holiday season, whereby many agencies hold FLASH SALES to attract customers to book their flights for the coming holidays. Another good time for promotions is just before the holiday season itself, sometimes many accommodations are less than expected capacity and will often rent out at discounted prices as a form of limiting their losses, the same can be said for airline flights.

Tip: Here is a cheat sheet on the best times to book flights (article by CheapAir.com)

  • Fall: You can usually wait a bit longer to book fall travel and still get decent deals. The average best time to buy is 69 days in advance. The exception is Thanksgiving week, for which you should book travel earlier.
  • Winter: Travel around the Christmas and New Year holidays will usually cost more no matter what; otherwise, winter can be an affordable time to travel. For non-holiday travel, aim to buy plane tickets 94 days in advance.
  • Spring: Many people travel during a wide range of days for spring break, so the key to travel during this season is to plan ahead. If possible, buy your tickets 84 days in advance.
  • Summer: This is the most popular season for American travel. CheapAir.com recommends buying your tickets 99 days in advance during this time
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3. Book your flights, then plan your leaves

In addition to point #2, a good way to ensure your planning turns out hassle-free is by booking your leaves AFTER you booked your holiday. Many hotels or flights have either a refund feature or Pay-later feature, whereby you get to hold off your payment till a later date, use this period to apply for leave from your work, and if you are unable to do so then you can simply refund the booking payment.

There is a reason for this, many times we find ourselves at the mercy of exorbitant prices just because the cheaper flight lies just a few days before or after our planned leave. By applying for leave from work AFTER booking your holiday, not only do you maximize your savings but save up on your leaves as well, and we all know how precious those Annual Leaves are.

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4. Go to countries that stretch your dollar

What better time to visit those lesser-known countries than now? Nobody likes to go on a holiday and worry about whether or not they can afford their next meal, so why not go to countries where you can enjoy comfortably like a king? Book that flight to destinations where your budget is worth a fortune, that way you can afford more attractions and activities and experience much more as well as stay in better accommodations. Cheaper countries do not mean lousier holidays, many countries that are affordable are home to rich and diverse cultures and experiences!

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5. Live as the locals do

The best places are often those that are not full of tourists. These hidden gems are usually tucked away from the crowd and only locals know of their locations, that’s why instead of spending your time searching on Google you should turn to the people who know best; the locals. Ask them to point you to their favorite places to dine and shop, and you will be rewarded with quite the savings.

Tip: One good way to cut down on traveling expenses and yet enjoy the most of the view is to travel across the country by coaches instead of flight. Book cross-country buses that make frequent pit-stops at less touristy locations where you can experience as the locals do while getting from one place to another.

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6. Bring your best travel credit card

Not all credit cards offer the same perks, that is why it’s important to bring along the ones that offer the best deals in regards to foreign currency conversion and taxes. Cards that offer good miles or cashbacks also make great travel savings — ensure that your purchases are made on the respective card that offers the best deals such as flight bookings, food spending, accommodation spending, etc.

Apart from that, it might actually be safer to bring several credit cards on your trip as it limits the amount of cash you have to carry around, and in the case of emergencies, you can simply dial up your card service provider and have your card suspended so that the thief will not be able to use it. Even in the case of misuse, you may file a police report and more often than not, your credit card company will waive off the expense, saving you a lot of money.

These are just some basic tips to shave off those holiday expenses, of course, there are many more ways one can make the most out of their holiday budget but those require some thorough research and planning. But if you are truly interested, you can check out TripCandy — it offers up to 15% cashback in crypto tokens for every booking you make! Now that’s a lot of savings!

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So what are you waiting for? Start planning for that holiday you so rightfully deserve!



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