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Keeping travel costs under control

Travel smart: make sure your travelling does not wreck your saving

I love to travel. I love trying out a new hotel, sleeping in a California king-size bed and not having to worry about making my bed in the mornings.

The one thing that’s always true about travelling is that it costs money. And I’m all about saving money. So, here are my best travel tips to help you keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket.

If you’re flying, travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

These are cheapest days to be in the air. If you can arrange your trip and vacation days to accommodate, you’ll save money!

Avoid baggage fees: don’t forget that many airlines will charge you to check a bag, which could cost an extra $50 to $100 round-trip per person. So, factor this in when you’re shopping for low fares, or just pack more efficiently into a carry-on.

Don’t open a credit card just for the travel points: even if you think you’re “working the system,” and you’ll pay if off before it’s due, the facts say there’s a real chance you won’t. One in three Americans are behind on bills. Payments have a tendency to pile up, and they steal more than your paycheque. They steal your joy, too.

Look into Airbnb: with Airbnb, you can rent someone’s whole house, or even just one room in their house, and many times it’s a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel. If you’re a real go-getter, try reaching out to the owner directly and make them an offer. The worst they can do is say no!

Don’t take a vacation if you have debt: I know there’s always one reason or another to spend money going somewhere. But if you’re in debt, now isn’t the time to take elaborate vacations. All your extra money should be going towards building up a starter emergency fund or paying off debt. Trust me, you’ll enjoy that beach trip so much more when you have money in the bank, and you paid for it with cash.

For more tips on how to save money travelling, I’ve got two episodes of The Rachel Cruze Show that will help you: Travel Tips That Will Save You Money and How to Go to Disney World Without Debt.

Rachel Cruze is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, host of The Rachel Cruze Show and The Rachel Cruze Show Podcast, Rachel helps people learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. She’s authored three bestselling books, including Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids, which she co-wrote with her father, Dave Ramsey. You can follow Cruze on Twitter and Instagram at @RachelCruze and online at www.rachelcruze.com, youtube.com/rachelcruze or facebook.com/rachelramseycruze