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Wanderlust for Less : Travel tips for the Budget Conscious Wanderer

By now it should be no secret that I am all about the luxe for less lifestyle, but not just when it comes to home decor. When I’m not out hunting for the next goodwill treasure to bring back to life, I’m searching for travel deals and planning my next adventure. So with summer winding down and my birthday approaching, I’ve decided to squeeze in one last trip and thought this would be the perfect time to introduce a new section of the blog, where I’ll be sharing money-saving travel tips and recapping of my adventures.

Whether you’re traveling near or far, the hard part is figuring out where you want to go and ultimately how your going to get there for the least amount of money.

 

plane flying over the bahamas

Before booking a flight, I always use Google’s ” Flights” tool to find the best deal based on price and duration. Of course the more flexible you are about travel dates and the number of stops, the better the price will be. It’s also good to know what days are the cheapest to fly. According to Fortune.com, the cheapest days to travel are on Tuesday and Wednesday and the cheapest month left to travel, this summer, is September (which is technically still summer until Sept 22.)

postcard from bus trip to san diego

If you’re planning to keep it a little more local or just up for an adventure, the bus is the way to go. Although I’ve come in contact with some very interesting individuals, during my bus travels, with Megabus and Bolt bus fares being as low as $1 (if you’re lucky) and having free wi-fi, why not sit back, relax, and think about all the extra spending money you’ll have once you get to where you’re going. I mean, look at it this way, if I didn’t take that bus ride from San Diego to LA, I wouldn’t be able to tell the somewhat funny, somewhat disturbing story about the man with the single, dried up macaroni noodle in his pocket, that he politely offered me before popping it in his mouth like a tic-tac. Okay.. on second thought, maybe I could have lived without that experience.

aelcastle city

While a little pricier than the bus, traveling by train costs a lot less than a plane ticket and offers a little more space and privacy with the option of a private cabin at an additional cost. I recently traveled from Philadelphia to DC, on Amtrak, and discovered some other key perks of taking the train:

  1. Free Wifi
  2. Shorter travel time, due to the lack of traffic
  3. The dining car, with premium offerings like quinoa salad and
  4. Large windows to take in all the sights

To find the best deals for the bus and train check out, Wanderu, an app and website that searches Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus and other bus and train operators in North America for the lowest fare.

palm springs postcard

While driving your own car is the most DIY method of them all and allows you to do everything on your own time, an even better option is renting a car and sparing your car and wallet from all of those extra miles. If you’re planing to go far I suggest using travel deal sites like Priceline and Hotwire, which offer the option to name your own price and save money by paying up front.

If you’re planning to stay local and live in the LA/Orange County/San Diego area, or need a car once you’ve arrived in So-Cal, I suggest using the new On-Demand Car Rental app, Skurt. I’ve used Skurt twice and its by far the easiest and most hassle free car rental experience I’ve ever had. Offering fares as low as $21/day for standard cars and $75/day for lux, Skurt allows you to skip the lines, the paper work, and the headache of a trip to the rental car place by delivering the car directly to you and picking it up not matter the time or place. (Click on the pic below to down the app and save $20 off your first ride)

 

SPACEOTGOIf you found  these tips helpful, check back next week for money-saving tips on where to stay and things to do, once you get to your destination.

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Follow along on IG stories @SpacePlateCreate for pics and videos of my trip to the 6 ! (Toronto)

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I wasn’t aware of google flights so I will definitely be checking that out next time we are checking for fares. Most times it seems when traveling internationally we can find great deals but domestic travel breaks the banks… Or those fare alerts and flight deals seems to have the worst travel windows or just funnel you to their site but their deals don’t apply to arrive or depart from anywhere remotely close to where you are or are going.

    But all great tips for travel from planes and trains to automobiles!

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