13 Ridiculously Impractical Ways to Save Money While Traveling

Want to save a buck on your next trip? Read on.

We’re not talking about reasonable cost-cutting measures like booking early and picking a hotel that offers continental breakfast here. These are downright impractical tips reserved for the tightwaddiest of tightwads. Even your dad isn’t cheap enough to attempt some of these.

Sure, you might be stuck spending half your trip foraging for food and toting your luggage around in a ridiculous looking jacket, but think of all the money you’ll save if you…

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13. Book the Most Inconvenient Flight Possible

What’s a 7-hour layover in exchange for a few extra dollars in your pocket? The rest of your friends flew direct and got there ahead of you, but there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself in an airport. Hold luggage cart relays with strangers or see who can find the best vending machine offerings.

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12. Travel in the Dangerous Season

You’ve always dreamed of visiting India, but a trip like that can come with quite a price tag. Save a buck or two and visit between May and August when the temperatures are unbearable. Did we also mention that it’s Monsoon season?

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11. Make Your Own First Class

Comfort and privacy is very important to you, but you’re a first class passenger on a steerage budget. Give yourself a free upgrade with the b tourist strip, a.k.a. a giant rubber band that gives the thin illusion of privacy and that totally won’t annoy anyone on your flight.

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If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

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Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.