If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, chances are you’ll find it very difficult to stay in one place working a regular 9-5 job. Either you can save up your money and go on a truly spectacular trip once in a blue moon, or you can take a look at your lifestyle and make some changes that will enable you to travel as much as you want. There are plenty of things that you can do to save money both at home and abroad. Check out this article and see if any of these money-saving strategies are right for you.
Make use of travel rewards
Most airlines have a reward program which will give you a set number of miles for every dollar that you spend and every mile you fly with their airline. The best reward programs will allow you to combine your miles from several partner airlines into one account. For example, if you’re part of the Delta SkyMiles Club, you’ll also get to collect miles from Alitalia, Air France, and KLM. You can also get a credit card that will give you a certain number of miles for every dollar you spend on the card. Sometimes these are partnered with an airline, but often they’re independent and will allow you to use your miles to books flights with any airline.
If you often stay at a certain type of hotel, it’s a good idea to join their loyalty program. In addition to collecting points on every dollar spent at the hotel, you’ll often get the benefit of upgrades, and access to exclusive lounges and special programming.