A one-day trip can be a great way to explore new places and make memories with friends, but it can also get expensive. This is especially true if you are not familiar with the area where you are going on your little getaway. Luckily, there are many ways that people save money while traveling for just one day. Here are some of the best tips for saving money when taking a short trip:
Pack snacks in advance
One of the biggest costs that come with a short trip is food, due to all the eating out. However, if you pack your own snacks for the day before you leave, you can save big. For example, bringing granola bars or easy-to-eat fruit will help curb your appetite and keep your energy up while reducing the need to stop for an expensive meal. Keep in mind that if you’re traveling by car, the snacks will also help keep you from getting too hungry while stuck in traffic!
Split your tickets
Instead of buying a direct ticket to your destination, try to split the journey into 2 or 3 smaller tickets. This will be much cheaper than buying a direct ticket, and you may even get lucky with an advance purchase offer! The split ticket strategy is not new and a lot of people are doing it regularly. Sometimes, you may not save a lot of money, but you will be able to try an advance purchase offer which is a cheaper ticket price for a limited time only. If you are lucky, then you can book your ticket at an extremely low price before the prices go higher again.
Do not go for flights during peak seasons
As a traveler, you know that traveling during peak season means higher prices. So do not go for flights during the holidays, or in July and August. Instead, fly off to your destination in October or November, when things are cheaper and more accessible. If you want to travel abroad but don’t have much time on your hands, consider visiting other countries near yours where the currency is weaker because it will be easier on the wallet. And if you’re looking for low-cost domestic US destinations, head out west instead of the east, where there are more national parks at less price points than other regions of America!
Bring your own coffee or tea
Carry your own thermos when you go on a one-day trip! The gas station coffee might be expensive, but if you have your own thermos, then you can just pour yourself a cup of Joe at no cost. Tea is also a great option because it’s low in caffeine and is antibacterial, meaning that if you get an upset stomach from the food at your destination, then you’ll feel better faster!
Be flexible with your schedule
Whichever tickets you book, make sure that the time windows are as flexible as possible – most people can only fly in certain time periods in the morning and in the afternoon. But, if you have that kind of flexibility to jump on the plane or a bus at any time throughout the day, then you can fly or take a ride at a much cheaper price. If you’re traveling alone, the best time to do this is in the morning. The most important thing is to plan your schedule several weeks before your trip. You might even be able to catch a deal and save big!
Take advantage of free things like walking tours
Once there, look for free things to do. Many cities have free walking tours, free movies in the park, or even free live music performances during certain times of the day. Some museums will have free entrance or discounted rates for certain days of the month, so check out their websites beforehand to see when they are.
Furthermore, if you have leisure time and are near a major tourist attraction, always look up the schedule of happenings there. For example, if you are visiting London between July and September, definitely check out Shakespeare plays or concerts at The Globe, which is an open-air theater located on the Thames River.
Use a combination of different transportation
There are many cities that have an underground metro system and buses at the same time. And if there is no direct route between places, take a combination of these two or perhaps a cab for a short distance. If taking public transport or taxis is not possible, the next best thing is to rent a car. But make sure you find out if there’s an underground parking lot because some cities don’t have them, and you will need to spend time looking for one. Or even better – walk!
Don’t go for luxury hotels
You don’t have to stay in a luxury hotel on your one-day trip. If you are planning to spend the whole day outdoors, or if you are only spending the night there, then it makes sense not to stay in places that are overly expensive. There are cheaper options out there (it doesn’t mean that you’ll be staying in a slum) so plan your trip well, and you might just save hundreds of pesos.
In short, bargain with the hotel or agent where you book your stay to get the best rates possible. In most cases, if it’s a last-minute booking, you won’t regret it.
Stick to your itinerary
If you’re on a one-day trip (or even two), then stick only to the places that interest you most. There’s no point in trying to see everything else on your list. You won’t get anything out of it, and instead of having a memorable experience, you’ll just be stressed out and tired by the end of it. And even if you don’t complete your itinerary, you’ll still have an amazing time.
Just make sure to do your research on the place you are going to visit, so you’ll know what to expect. You wouldn’t want to miss out on anything important!
If you’re only going to be in a city for one day, then your best bet is to find out what’s free and do that. If you have more time, try visiting different parts of the city, so you can enjoy some authentic experiences while seeing as much as possible on foot or by public transport. You might want to consider renting a car or taking taxis if there are no other options available but make sure not to go too far from attractions-you’ll regret it later when all of those photos come flooding back! Stay true to your itinerary and plan ahead with these tips before heading out on your trip-it will save you time and money in the long run!