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5 Travel Hacks That Actually Save Money

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on our sister site Livestly.com.

There are many benefits to traveling. It’s essential to unplug from everyday life, meet new people, and enjoy a change of scenery, no matter where you’re going. The monetary value of the experience is not always clear, though. 

The Katie Show creator and travel blogger Katie McIntosh says there is an assumption that travel is expensive since it has been a luxury until fairly recently. The cost has significantly decreased with various available price-checking sites, apps, and platforms.

You can cut travel costs in many ways – some more effectively than others. These travel hacks from McIntosh and others will help you save money.

Rethink Your Default Airport

Different airports can have different vacation costs. Consider flying from an airport farther away from your home to save money. If you expand your search, you may find cheaper options in Miami, for example.

Find A Local Car Service

Preplanning is one of the best ways to save money. In addition to nicer vehicles, local car services offer pre-scheduled, in-person airport pickups, which can be helpful if you have a lot of luggage or arrive late to the airport.

Prioritize Free Parking

Choose a hotel that provides free parking if you drive your vehicle. In any case, a day’s parking at a hotel can cost $40-50. Book hotels strategically and ensure parking is included in the price.

Stick To Public Transportation

Taxis and car rentals are more expensive than taking public transportation. There are many destinations with quality public transportation, although not all do. You can likely get to your destination for less than you would if you traveled directly if your route is accessible by public transportation.

Break Up Your Trip With Multiple Lodgings

It is possible to save more money by staying in different accommodations. Take advantage of third, fourth, and fifth-night free promotions by checking how the rates change for various durations.