Traveling on a Budget!

If you read my 30 before 30 list, you probably picked up on the fact that I love to travel (who doesn't?!) and want to see/do as much as I can in the next few years... you know, while Jared and I are still young and crazy ;) However, traveling, hotels, airfare... it adds up, and quick! If you don't plan and do your research, you will easily overpay for your vacations- and you don't have to.

I'm a sucker for a good deal... I use coupons, I get dozens of money-saving newletters in my email, etc etc! It's rare that I would ever pay full price for something and that includes traveling. I know there are a million websites out there that help you find deals, but I wanted to share some of my favorites to help keep vacations and weekend getaways affordable.

First- Jetsetter. They put together TONS of amazing travel deals, all over the world-- any location you can think of. Their app for the iPhone is also one of the coolest I've ever seen with tons of 360-degree photos of rooms and locations. There are weekly "flash sales" that offer vacations 50% off or more, and they are legit! This is a must-save website. Check in often and you're sure to land a deal that works for you and your budget.


Second- TravelZoo. Their weekly emails are completely dangerous, so I'll warn you of that first ;) Some of the deals they have make my jaw drop! Incredible savings all over the world; their best deals are generally to the Caribbean and various parts of Mexico. Last year my husband and I stayed at a beautiful all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for 7 nights + airfare and only spent around $1400 total. Another cool thing about TravelZoo is that they offer local deals as well- I've purchased tickets to plays/concerts through them also and saved half off the general admission costs. They feature a "Top 20" each week with their absolute best deals-- those do sell out quickly so if you're interested in one, you must act quickly.



Third- LastMinute is just what it sounds like:  the best place to book last minute travel arrangements. You can book flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises...even specific activities for somewhere you're going to be like a dinner reservation or ticket to an event. They claim to be able to search for the lowest price, and we all know last-minute bookings usually aren't cheap elsewhere!


BONUS!!! I'll remind everyone again of SwagBucks -Possibly the greatest thing I've ever discovered.  Sign up, take surveys, watch videos, play games, complete tasks... all kinds of opportunities to score 'swagbucks' which can then be redeemed for all sorts of gift cards- including hotels, travel and airfare. You can always cash out for PayPal money too which just means extra traveling money for you! There are dozens of opportunities to earn, so it can feel overwhelming at first but I promise it's worth it. I easily make around $50/month using this site- ask me for tips if you need them! Don't be discouraged if it takes awhile to build up, it's well worth it.

Do you use these sites? What are some of your favorite websites for affordable vacations?! I'd love to hear about some of the best deals you've been able to snag up in the traveling world! The most important thing is shop shop shop around until you find what you know is a great deal- they are out there!

25 comments

  1. Thanks for the tips!! I'm trying to see if I can plan a trip for Peter's birthday next month on my college budget so I'm definitely going to check out these sites!!

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  2. Thanks for the great tips girl! Will definitely be using these in the future :)

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  3. awesome!!! I love travel zoo but I need to try last minute! thanks for the tips :)!

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  4. thanks for the tips! i havent ever used any of the sites, but i will definitely look into them! greg and i are trying to get started on booking an anniversary/babymoon- and i have my hopes up for a pretty awesome trip... just hoping i can find a good deal!

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  5. Never heard of these! Can't wait to check them out!

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  6. We look at all of these daily! And then get sad when we can't plan anything ha.

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  7. I am SO glad you shared this!! I've never heard of any of these sites. You just saved us a lot of money :)

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  8. I haven't heard of any of these three so yay and thanks for sharing! I use groupon and living social a lot. Honestly I haven't booked to many "large" vacations so i've either gone through a travel agent or just booked it straight :/ but now that it's my own money I really should investigate!!

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  9. Oo, I've never heard of lastminute.com. I love me some Travelzoo, though!

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  10. I seriously check all of these DAILY and I get so depressed when I'm like "wahh, I'm stuck in my office." haha.. loveee youuuu! Can't wait for the 4 of us to see the world little by little ;)

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  11. WE have used priceline several times to book last minute trips. We just choose that we want a 4 or 5 star hotel in a certain area and you bargain with them to claim the price you want. Once they accept your price, they give you a hotel of their choice (but you know which ones it could be before you bid so you aren't in the dark). We have stayed at super nice hotels on last minute trips to big cities. You should try it!

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  12. Thanks for the tips! Lastminuite.com will probably come in handy :)

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  13. I'm about to check out all three of these right now. Because I have a honeymoon to plan ya know!?!!

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  14. definitely going to check out these sites. love me some weekend getaways! :)

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  15. What a fab post! So helpful.

    I'm about to backpack and camp Europe for a few months (in FIVE days!!!!) I cannot wait!

    I don't think its too late to use some of your tips :D

    New Follower! x

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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  16. I love to travel too and am trying to decided where my summer vaca will be. I am a beach type of girl, but I just can't decide. I went on a fabulous cruise last year so I am a tad spoiled now. Thanks for sharing!!

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  17. I've never heard of any of these so I must check these out! I also love traveling for a deal so thanks for the suggestions!!

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  18. I`m a big traveler, but believe it or not, I have never checked out any of these sites before! I will have to go look at them (right now!)

    My Travel Tuesday Post
    Jess

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  19. I've never heard of any of these, definitely going to write these down and save for later! Thanks!

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  20. Found your blog through the "I Can't Believe" link up and I have to say thanks for this post! I haven't traveled in so long and am starting to get the travel bug! Definitely going to check out these sites and see if I can get a vacation in the works soon!

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  21. Thanks for the tips! Traveling on a budget is tricky...but essential :)

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  22. such great tips!! I need to save all of these!

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  24. This is really an amazing blog, very helpful, tricky but traveling on a budget is so much fun. Thanks.

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