- October 13, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Travel & Adventure
Please welcome guest blogger Kyle Rutten as he shares his favorite money-saving travel tips.
In fact, psychological literature has even shown that travel activates circuitry in our brain that is not tapped into during normal daily life.
Studies have shown that creative thinking can be increased by as much as 50% when a person is placed in a new environment. Reasons for why this may be the case can be traced back to our evolution.
Before the advent of civilization, a new environment was a dangerous place. Someone who got thrust into a new environment but wasn’t feeling a heightened awareness was less likely to survive. Predators and hostile people were prevalent. Because of this, travel can be a life-hack of sorts.
Travel allows you to take advantage of heightened creativity, increases in general awareness, and a fresh perspective.
Travel is clearly worth making a priority.
For many of us, however, it comes with one problem… traveling is expensive!
Therefore, we are sharing three of our best money saving travel tips.
If you have decent credit, intelligent use of airline rewards can take you a long way (literally).
Many airline cards will offer promotional deals that allow you to spend $1,000 and get a 20,000-mile bonus.
Obviously, be extremely cautious with credit cards. It is all too easy to over-extend yourself financially. However, with disciplined use, one can get some pretty swanky trips booked for free.
Use your airline card for every purchase you make, as well as any eligible bills. Pay off the balance once a month and avoid any interest charges. Money saving travel tips are of no use if you run up credit card bills.
I am also constantly on the lookout for opportunities to put large sums of money on my credit card that is easy to recover. For example, I may look for a good deal on a nice bicycle on eBay. I can then purchase the bike on the airlines card and flip it for a small profit plus my miles.
Stick to the Road
Renting an RV is much cheaper than a hotel. Even better, you stay in a new place every night!
The key to a great vacation is novelty.
New experiences are what make travel valuable, so renting an RV is an excellent option. A great option is to use your airline miles to fly to a part of the country you’d like to see. Then hop into a rental RV and check out the sites. An RV trip can truly be an experience you’ll never forget.
Enjoy The Goodwill of Others
There are multiple places online that allow you to “couchsurf.” Good-meaning folks will open their home to you and allow you to sleep in a spare bedroom or… a couch.
You can read reviews from other couch surfers that have stayed with them as a way to avoid negative or even dangerous situations.
This is a fantastic way to get the benefits of travel as it will force you to be more social.
There are countless ways to reduce the cost of travel. It all boils down to making travel a priority and thinking creatively. So get out there and see the world, you won’t regret it.
Now it is your turn, what are your best money saving travel tips?
Please share in the comments below.