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Don’t Make These 5 Travel Mistakes – Save Money with These Tips

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You are starting to make travel a priority at this point in your life. You comb the internet for the best-priced flights and hotels. Your goal is to save money while you travel. It is late at night and you are checking all of the travel sites, studying the bucket list destination you want to visit and comparing hotels. Are you getting the best deal on the internet? Are you still losing money?

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Here are several mistakes many folks are still making when making and executing their travel plans.

Mistake #1 Paying For Any of the Trip in Cash.

Many banks offer credit cards with rewards points that you can bonus points for restaurants and many hotels. Airlines offer points when you initially sign up for their travel cards. When you start to travel on a regular basis these points can add up to a significant amount of cash.

Reward Credit Cards offer points you can use towards free travel!

Working in banking we were often told why customers choose one card over another. I know you will be shocked to hear this. Because of how the credit card looks! Not because of the rate or rewards but because of the aesthetics of the card! Go for the rewards! These can earn you hundreds of dollars on each trip.

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Mistake #2 Not Having Travel Insurance

Just this week I watched a couple on the nightly news who was being pressured to pay for their hospital bill upfront after the fiance got sick on their dream vacation. They were on a cruise when the husband had a diabetic episode, among many other issues, and was rushed to the ER. The bill was $16000 and was payable upon discharge. They informed her that she needed to put it on a credit card before he would be discharged.

After a GoFundMe page was created, Tyler Perry came to the couple’s rescue and paid the bill in full and covered the travel expenses so the couple would be able to come back to the US. Scary stuff! During an interview, the wife stated, “Get travel insurance so this does not happen to you!”

Travel Insurance Covers Many Incidents

Many things can happen. From a car accident on the way to the airport or cruise port to illness. Travel insurance is a must-have while traveling. Not all travel insurance is created equally. Some travel insurance plans also cover illnesses that you may encounter while you are overseas. This is important. Here is a brief list of what some travel insurance will cover that you may not have considered.

  • Accidental injury, sickness, or death of you, a traveling companion or a family member.
  • You or your traveling companion are terminated or laid off from employment.
  • Strike that causes your travel services to be canceled.
  • Weather events like hurricanes, that may cause cancellation in your travel plans or services.
  • Mandatory evacuation ordered by local authorities at your destination due to hurricane or other natural disasters.
  • Bankruptcy and/or default of your travel supplier.
  • Terrorist attacks that occur in your destination city.
  • Medical expenses that include being returned to your home area if needed with an emergency medical evacuation.
  • Travel insurance is very inexpensive!

Travel insurance is a necessity that if needed can save you tens of thousands of dollars!

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Mistake #3 Buying Flights Randomly

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You need to have a solid plan for finding discounted flights. Many believe that they can buy flights on certain days and early enough they will be getting the best deal. While this is true, it is not the whole truth.

You will want to do your own research to come up with a plan. But airlines like Spirit has their $9 Fare Club and Southwest run really great sales periodically throughout the year. In addition to that, there are services like Sky Scanner and Travel Zoo that will notify you of unusual flights and vacation package deals.

Also, keep your travel days and destinations are flexible. Many airlines offer cheaper flights on different days and alternate airports and it is not always the days that you think. Fly into Newark or Islip over JFK! It will save you a lot of money!

Now that we are semi-retired and self-employed we can be flexible on our travel days. Many airlines now have a flight calendar you can view to find the least expensive days to depart or arrive on and even alternate airports that will save you a bundle.

Mistake #4 Not Getting a Local CityPASS

While traveling to major cities you can purchase CityPASS. CityPASS is a great way to see multiple attractions in one city on one pass. This allows you to see the most popular attractions a destination has to offer and you will save up to 50% off of regular ticket prices. I love to save money on ticket prices when I travel.

See more and pay less to see attractions in several US cities and Toronto!

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • New York City
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Southern California
  • Tampa Bay
  • Toronto

We are headed to New York soon and I would not even consider visiting this city without taking advantage of CityPASS!

Mistake #5 Ditch the Hotel!

Sites like VRBO offer homes, apartments, condos and bedrooms for rent at a fraction of the cost of a hotel. You also will be able to cook for yourself rather than eating in restaurants that are more than double the cost of food! I personally would rather put that breakfast money towards a fine dining experience.


For pet owners, many rentals and hotels are now also pet-friendly. With a hotel or home, you may also be able to bring your pet! This can save a ton on a pet-sitter or kennel. At $25-55 per day, it can add up after a week away. This is a huge way to save money when you travel.

If you are planning on traveling soon any of these tips can save you thousands while you are on your trip!

Check out our 5 Tips to Maximize Your Travel Plans!

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  1. jane Avatar

    As an avid traveller I couldn’t agree more with your tips, especially the travel insurance. It’s very important to have one as anything could happen during your travels. My hubby was since during our trip to the Caribbean and if it were not for our travel insurance we would’ve paid a lot of money.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am so glad you had it! I have heard many testimonials about people using their travel insurance. Thanks!

  2. Jenna Avatar

    These are some great tips! We’ve always looked into the city pass and they seem like they would save so much money, but with us having 4 kids it is always so pricey.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I guess it depends on how much you want to get accomplished in one trip. You would only do it if you are planning on getting to every attraction.

  3. Michele Avatar

    Great ideas! We rent houses often when traveling. We love the extra space it provides and also the benefits of home!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love that too! And I can cook!

  4. Cindy Avatar

    These are excellent suggestions! I love staying in a home or apartment when I travel. I have a full kitchen that way!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Same here! Sometimes I need to cook and eat my own food!

  5. Haley Kelley Avatar
    Haley Kelley

    Saving this for when we travel next year! Any saved money is amazing!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome Haley! Thanks!

  6. Nakiesia Avatar

    These are great tips. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Brianna Avatar

    You always provide great advice. Thank you for this post, it is very helpful. It is better than learning the hard way for sure!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you Brianna! I am so flattered!

  8. Lisa Avatar

    The city pass sounds great! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am using it in NY first! I can’t wait!

  9. Christina Furnival Avatar
    Christina Furnival

    All great tips. Thanks!

  10. Katherine Wolfe Avatar
    Katherine Wolfe

    These are excellent tips, thanks for sharing! Travel insurance is a must for sure!

  11. Noelle Collins Avatar
    Noelle Collins

    Great tips. That is scary about the couple not having travel insurance! I will keep that in mind if I ever travel outside of the country. We have stayed at VRBOs in FL and Myrtle Beach, and we have always had great experiences! We love having a place to do laundry, and because of food allergies, we like to make our own food.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Another great point! Food allergies can make restaurants scary!

  12. Robin Avatar

    Great list! I recently discovered how much better airbnb is then hotels! Never going back!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Hotels are definitely stepping up their game! Don’t count them out!

  13. Lisa Avatar

    I read the first paragraph and thought that is me, staying up late trying to find the best deal!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I have to know there is not a better deal out there! Thanks, Lisa!

  14. Lisa Avatar

    I agree! Travel insurance is so important…we get it every time!

  15. Heather Avatar

    Excellent tips. Travel insurance is so important. A friend of mine booked an Adventures by Disney to Norway. Such a trip is over 10,000. They arrived in Norway, and she could not walk. She had to go home and later found out she broker hip. If it had not been for insurance, so would have been out thousands of dollars.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      WOW! I am so glad she was protected!

  16. jen Avatar

    these are great ideas and I think i’ve been guilty of three. LOL

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      LOL We all have Jen! Thanks!

  17. Cynthia Avatar

    Great tips for travelers. Thanks for sharing.

  18. jody Avatar

    Great tips for traveling

  19. Malia Avatar

    Great tips! We just got a dog in August and have been trying to figure out the best way to travel with her. I’ll definitely look into VRBOs. Thanks!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Many hotels are now pet-friendly too! It is the fastest-growing travel group in the USA!

  20. Candy Avatar

    Lots of great tips to help have a great trip. Thank you!

  21. Michelle Avatar

    Thanks for the tips. I didn’t know about the CityPass. That would save a lot.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am excited to try it in NY this January!

  22. Jill Avatar

    Great tips! We love using VRBO to book our trips.

  23. Holly Bird Avatar
    Holly Bird

    Great tips! These are easy mistakes to make and it’s so nice to have this information!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Holly! Glad it could help!

  24. angela Avatar

    Good points, thanks for sharing. The City Pass is often a great deal for sure!

  25. Lora Rovegna Avatar
    Lora Rovegna

    Such great tips! As I get older, I am definitely hoping that I get to travel more. Get out in the world and experience life.

  26. Tracy Avatar

    We love using VBRO, you get an entire house or apartment and it’s usually way cheaper!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Much cheaper! Especially when traveling with family or a large group!

  27. Tamera Avatar

    These are really great tips!. I love getting local City Passes

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! Thanks Tamera!

  28. Juliasdailytips Avatar

    Travel Insurance? Would ever have guessed, but it’s so meaningful.
    Great post with top notch tips. We learn new things everyday.

  29. JOHN MULINDI Avatar

    I plan to travel over the holidays, so this is a timely post with helpful travel tips that will be of great help to me and many other people out there. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Janice sisemore Avatar
    Janice sisemore

    Those are some really great points. Never heard of the city pass.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I joust found out about it! I can’t wait to try it for my trip to NY!

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