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    5 Travel Money Hacks

    5 Travel Money Hacks

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    When we ask people their main reason for not traveling, an overwhelming number tell us they simply can't afford it. While travel may seem like a frivolous expense, there are multiple studies that show there is no better way to spend your money. Having these once-in-a-lifetime experiences makes us far happier than accumulating material possessions.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy to make the jump and create more money for travel. Here are five simple travel hacks that will help you to save before and during your next trip.

    Create A Travel Savings Account


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    The easiest way to keep track of the money you have for traveling is to set up a separate savings account for the sole purpose of spending on your next trip. Even if you're not sure yet where you want to go or how much you are likely to spend, starting a separate travel savings account will help you get organized.

    Once you do have an idea of your travel plans, then you can calculate how much income you want to set aside each month to put into your travel savings account. Depending on how soon you want to take your trip, you can deposit more.

    The most important thing to remember is to stay disciplined in depositing money into this account regularly and don't touch it once it's there. This is a quick and easy way to differentiate your day-to-day spending money from your travel fund. Plus, there is serious power in being determined to actually save money instead of just talking about it.

    Flight Alerts


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    Plane tickets make for some of the biggest costs associated with travel. If you have your heart set on visiting one destination, then set up flight alert emails from sites like Skyscanner or Google Flights. You can input the destination and relative timeframe you'd like to travel, and they will send you updates as to whether the price for that particular flight is going up or down. Not only will it tell you how the price compares day to day, but it will also even tell you how the price compares to the overall historic average price of tickets.

    If you don't really care where you're going and you just want to get out and explore, then sign up for deals and alerts from your favorite local airlines. Some major airlines can have surprising pop-up deals that only last a few hours. Airline alerts a great way to get a cheap flight to anywhere, as long as you can be spontaneous and act quickly.


    There are tons of hotel booking sites out there, but one of our favorites we've recently found is Roomer. We've gotten 75 percent off the standard hotel room price using this site. Once you know where you are traveling, have a look around and see if there are any great deals at your destination.

    Pay in Cash

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    Once you've finally saved up, bought your tickets and started your once-in-a-lifetime journey, it can be tempting to blow through your budget quicker than you'd hoped. With the help of debit and credit cards, it is easy to swipe and sign and not even realize how much you're spending on a daily basis.

    If this sounds like you, then you might want to think about going old school and carrying cash. We're not saying walk around with thousands of dollars in your pocket, but using cash is an easy way to keep an eye on how much money you have left. Carry around just a day or two's worth and you'll know once you start running low or if you have a few extra dollars for souvenirs at the end of your trip.

    Trail Wallet App

    Whether you're using cash or credit, the trail wallet app is a great way to keep track of your spending. It easily categorizes your spending into things like accommodation, tours, food and transportation so you can see what you spend the most on. You can set an overall budget for your trip and get an automatic daily average so you can stay on track.

    What tips do you have for saving before and during travel?


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A Cruising Couple Dan and Casey are the two lovebirds, world travelers and adventurers extraordinaire behind the popular travel blog A Cruising Couple - adventure travel with a dash of class. Their stories and photographs feature that special place where experiential and stylish travel meet. Find out how you can spend less money, live more adventurously and travel more luxuriously on their blog,
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