As more and more people quit their day jobs to explore and write about their travels, it’s become evident that we can trek across the globe without spending a fortune. Below are some of the secrets shared by fellow travel bloggers and industry experts to help you get started with your journey around the world.
It’s possible to remove charges from your hotel bill
Kathy A. McDonald, a blogger from Eastside Eye says that you should always ask about the ambiguous charges at your hotel, such as valet parking and resort fees, as she explains that “often they will be removed from your bill if you question them at check-out.”
Refer to trusted sources to keep track of cheap flights with upfront costs
One of the biggest issues of cheap itineraries today which is outlined on Parking4Less is all the hidden costs that are found on budget airfares. Sometimes they don’t end up being as cost-efficient as you would have anticipated, so it’s best that you use flight comparison websites with updated ticket prices and all-inclusive charges. ITA Matrix is powered by Google software and is a good place to start.
Sign up for reward programs through credits cards and maintain a good credit score
By signing up for multiple credit cards and using them for daily expenses, you can easily earn hundreds of thousands of miles as long as you maintain a great credit score. Geoff Whitmore of Noob Traveler, along with his wife, managed to rack up more than a million miles in a year, and it also helps to be married as both of you can apply for the same reward credit cards to double up on earnings. Although this isn’t recommended for those with low credit scores or those that have a hard time paying bills in full or on time.
Book the deal while it’s still available
Often people will encounter cheap flight and hotel deals but take a couple days to think through the logistics, however Travel Yourself writer Cailin O’Neil says that you shouldn’t ponder for too long. Those “too good to be true” deals won’t get any cheaper and won’t be around for long.
Have you got any other secrets that you’d like to share?