10 tips for traveling to the United States on a (tight) budget

Looking to travel to the United States, but on the cheap? Look no further than these ten tips to help you choose a budget and stick to it.

Most of us love to travel and explore new places, and we shy away from it for several reasons. Among them, money is often mentioned as the deciding factor. This is the main reason that prevents most of us from going out and exploring exotic places.

Exploring new places doesn’t require a fortune, and you don’t need to have won the lottery to travel the world, not if you know how to watch your money. Nor is it necessary to break the bank to have a fantastic family holiday. The destination doesn’t matter.

With better planning, these vacations can be made a reality. Traveling is a great opportunity, and the ability to travel on a tight budget makes it more accessible to more people. Below are tips for traveling to the United States on a tight budget.

ten Traveling during the off-season

Traveling during apex can be very expensive as the travel industry tries to take advantage of people/families who travel during these weeks. Hotels, food and airlines raise prices when schools are on vacation and on occasions like Easter, Diwali, Christmas and Eid. One has to look for the best time to get to their intended destinations.

Traveling in the shoulder season can make for a fantastic trip even if the sun isn’t shining as brightly as it does (and, on the plus side, it won’t be scorching). Airlines and hotels lower their prices to attract customers.

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9 Consider VRBO

Renting a hotel in the United States can be very expensive, especially if you are traveling with family and staying there for a week or more. Hotels set prices and do not allow negotiation. Why stay in a small hotel room when you can get a townhouse or an entire condo.

Most rentals offer deals if you travel out of season or if you book for more than a week. Not only do you save money for accommodation but also on food since you can cook your own food.

8 Choose your airline wisely

Flying can be quite expensive if one does not choose the right airline for the trip. When you fly with a low-cost airline, you can save money by avoiding additional charges. One may be charged more if they seek better perks, such as sitting together when traveling in a group or a preferred seat. You may be charged baggage fees even when you don’t check your baggage. With budget airlines, one can save money if they are willing to sacrifice a little comfort.

7 Eat local food

For tourists on a budget, it is advisable to eat what the locals eat. Overpriced restaurants and cafes cost a lot of money which can be saved by eating at local places that serve fresh meals. You get an authentic experience; also, it is advisable to avoid eating near infamous tourist attractions as the food there is quite expensive. Making a burger or a sandwich or cooking it yourself can help save a lot.

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6 Save money on transportation

Transportation costs a lot of money when you travel. Getting familiar with the public transportation system can help save a lot of money and time. Local trains and buses are very cheap and offer more opportunities to meet and get to know the locals. Uber is also more economical than local taxis and trustworthy.

5 Do your research with sites like Expedia

Expedia helps to get the best deals, and it’s perfect advice for the family vacation budget. With Expedia, one can easily search using different dates, and when searching for a flight, one can go through all the other airlines that fly to their destination. You can also search for vacations, packages, cruises, cars, and things to do. There is a section to enter arrival and departure dates for a holiday.

4 Look for coupons in brochures

One of the best budget travel tips is to get brochures from the hotel lobby or local visitor center. Most of the time there are coupons inside which save money. It is also advisable to take advantage of a hotel concierge if you have one. Hotels work hand-in-hand with area attractions and restaurants by providing concierge and discount coupons to provide deals one may not be aware of.

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3 Earn while traveling

There are different ways to earn money while traveling. All one needs is a laptop with a stable internet connection. One can work as a freelancer, thanks to the increasing infiltration of the internet. Freelancers quickly earn a significant amount of money when they travel around the world. If one is a professional, they can earn money by taking on a short-term job, such as teaching a language in another country or teaching skiing during the winter season. There are plenty of money-making opportunities if you put in a little effort and time.

2 Be flexible with your plans

When traveling to the United States on a budget, chances are things won’t go as planned. Bad events can happen, and you have to be ready for them. One might not get a refund for something that one had assured would get or get stuck in a bad situation and end up losing money. When things like this happen, you have to adjust your plans accordingly.

1 Buy a City Pass

If one is traveling to a major city, it is advisable to purchase a City Pass (they may have a variety of names specific to a specific city) which provides free entry to local tourist attractions and museums, parks licks and aquariums. Some of them offer free public transport. Purchasing a City Pass is the best way to travel to the United States as a family on a tight budget.

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