4 Fun Ways to Save Money on Your Next Trip

Setting a budget for your family trip doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Life as MOM contributor Prerna shares some tips on how you can save money on your next trip.

4 Fun Ways to Save Money on Your Next Trip | Life as MOM

We recently took a cross-country trip with our 6-year old daughter to visit some family and also, just unwind after a really busy month.

Since it’s so close to the holidays {yes, October is close to Christmas!} and therefore, an expensive time as well, we didn’t want to spend a lot and yet wanted to have a great time as well. I know, I know. But hear me out. It can be done.

Here are a few fun ways we saved money on the trip, besides snagging a great deal on airfare, and kept it well under our budget:

1. Pack Your Own Snacks and Food

Seriously, airport restaurants and in-flight dining can be expensive. Not to mention, of dubious quality too. So, we packed our own snacks as well as meals. Our flights were the budget ones, naturally and so in-flight meals were on a “pay” basis.

Having a nice lunchbox packed with wholegrain sandwiches and snacks was very welcome. And yes, cost-effective too! A penny saved is a penny earned, right?!
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Ways to Organize Travel Plans

People store and process information so differently. How do you organize your travel plans?

Ways to Track Your Travel Plans - People store and process information so differently. How do you organize your travel plans?

Once upon a time, a travel agent would plan your trip and hand you a packet with tickets and an itinerary. There are still travel agents, but most people I know do the booking and planning themselves. Having figured out the tricky logistics of a month abroad, I have a new appreciation for travel agents.

My advice to you is to start early in your planning and booking process. If you are going overseas, you can’t really be spontaneous on the cheap. We bought train tickets later than we should have and ended up paying $400 more than we would have a week earlier — for the same exact train. Ouch!

So, plan early — and then keep track of your plans.

There are Many Ways to Organize Your Travel Plans

It’s been really interesting to see how my husband and I process information differently. I have an itinerary in a word document — with lots of words. He translated them all into a spreadsheet.

He never deletes an email. I prefer that my inbox be as empty as possible. So, I use labels in gmail. All pertinent travel emails (bookings, tickets, etc) are all labeled “trip” and marked in green.

Some folks probably carry all this information around in their laptop, tablet, or phone. Heck! There’s probably an app for that.

I have it all in my phone, but I’m printing paper back-ups of everything and carrying them in this cool French folder. I love those folders.

I think it’s funny that we think and process the same information so differently. I’m guessing you all have some great tricks to keeping track of all your big vacation plans.

How do YOU organize your travel plans?

Ways to Track Your Travel Plans - People store and process information so differently. How do you organize your travel plans? Travel with Kids

This is part of the Travel with Kids series. Every day in October, I’m posting tips, tricks, and tutorials for making all your travels fun, frugal, and family-friendly.

Be sure to read through the archives in case you missed a post.

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Budget-Friendly Travel with Kids

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