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5 Creative Travel Budget Tips You Haven't Tried Yet

Traveling can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be, even when you travel with your kids. With a little creativity and planning, you can explore new destinations without overspending. Here are five innovative travel budget tips to help you make the most of your next adventure.

Use travel rewards credit cards.

One of the best ways to save money on travel is by using travel rewards credit cards. These cards offer points or miles for every dollar spent, which can be redeemed for flights, hotels, and other travel expenses. Look for cards that offer sign-up bonuses and bonus points for certain categories, such as dining or gas. Just be sure to pay off your balance in full each month to avoid interest charges.

Stay in hostels or alternative accommodations.

One of the biggest expenses when traveling is accommodation. Instead of staying in expensive hotels, consider staying in hostels or alternative accommodations like Airbnb or Couchsurfing. Hostels offer affordable dormitory-style rooms and often have communal areas where you can meet other travelers. Airbnb and Couchsurfing allow you to stay in someone’s home for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Plus, you can often get insider tips on the best local spots to visit.

Eat like a local.

One of the best ways to save money while traveling is to eat like a local. Avoid touristy restaurants and instead opt for street food or local markets. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also get to experience the local cuisine and culture. Ask locals for recommendations on where to eat and what to try. You can also save money by cooking your own meals if you’re staying in accommodations with a kitchen. Visit local grocery stores or markets to buy fresh ingredients and cook your own meals.

Take advantage of free activities and events.

Many destinations offer free activities and events that can help you save money while still experiencing the local culture. Look for free walking tours, museums with free admission days, or outdoor concerts and festivals. You can also explore nature by hiking or visiting parks and beaches. Doing some research before your trip can help you find these free activities and events. Additionally, consider volunteering or participating in a work exchange program to save money on accommodations and activities.

Travel during the off-season.

One of the best ways to save money on travel is to avoid peak tourist season, especially when your kids are still small and don't have to go to school yet. When they are in primery school you can talk to the school and find a way to travel outside the school holidays. You will be surprised how easy this is! By traveling in low season you'll save money on flights and accommodations, but you'll also avoid the crowds and have a more authentic experience. Off-season travel can also mean better deals on tours and activities, as well as lower prices at restaurants and shops. Do some research on the destination you want to visit and find out when their off-season is. You may be surprised at how much you can save.

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