How to Budget for Travel like a Pro

channel-692420_640We all dream of that epic travel adventure, going on a cross-country drive, or simply shutting our mobile devices off for a three day weekend, but most of us don’t ever do it because it’s expensive.

Finding ways to cut corners when organizing travel is a great way to get out on the open road and fulfill your travel heart desires. Below are some great tips and tricks on ways to save money on travel costs and get your adventure on!

Baggage Know How

The worst thing ever is getting all your stuff crammed into your dinky carry-on, getting to the airport, and having them tell you your bag is overweight. Next thing you know, you’re paying extra to check your luggage. Avoid the extra fees by putting some of your stuff into an extra hand-held bag. There’s not a limit on hand-held bag weight as long as it fits under the seat in front of you. For durable hand-held, small backpacks check out stores like Home Depot or Sears.

Odds and Ends, Bits and Bobs

Nothing like getting to Thailand and realizing that the toothpaste tastes like lemon flavored salt. No really, it does. Keep in mind when you go too far off lands and other countries, the products they have might not be like your favorite ones at home. To save big on travel toiletries, over-the-counter medicines, and first aid supplies, be sure to check out stores like Walgreens and CVS that have every day travel products at great prices.

Packing Right for Your Adventure

Sometimes we just need a reason to shop. Travel is an excellent time to get some new clothes and a great way to be super prepared for whatever weather you might run into. No matter where you head off to, check the weather–and be sure to check the night-time weather as well. A lot of places in Europe or Southern America are hot in the day, but chilly at night.

Of course, you might also have got that round trip flight and five star hotel rooms super cheap because it’s the rain season, so you’ll need an umbrella and some wellies. American Eagle, Nordstrom, and Forever 21 are great places to grab sweaters, cargo pants, shorts, tanks, umbrellas, and sweet shoes to match for all seasons–plus, they all have 50-90% off coupon codes.

Travel Keepsakes

We all want a pair of Dutch clogs or a back scratcher from Fuerteventura, maybe even an “I Heart NY” mug. Things get broken in luggage, or you simply don’t have room. Forget about trying to pack a million keepsakes from your adventures, memorialize them and get creative. Check out Shutterfly’s great deals on Groupon Coupons. You can print photos inexpensively, create memory books for each destination, and make your own quirky keepsakes right at home for 50-90% off the retail price!

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