Tourists on a Budget: Saving Money in the US

Being a tourist isn’t always easy and especially not when you’re travelling in the states. They’re known for having an extraordinary amount of fun stuff to offer, a melting pot of cultures just waiting to be discovered and, of course, various ways to spend all of your money at once.

While you may have returned home with far less money than you originally planned on during your previous vacations, this time it can be different. You just have to put your mind into it, that’s all and find ways to prioritise what you’d like to do and what you could do without.

Here is a handful of ways to save money while travelling in general and particularly when touring the US. That way, you might even be able to afford another vacation a bit sooner than you anticipated – and you won’t necessarily miss out on anything either.

First: Booking in advance

If you’ve been a budget tourist before, you know very well that there is a lot of money to save on plane tickets. You don’t really have to book them half a year upfront, though, although some sites seem to recommend that you book these tickets a year in advance if you’re able to. Try to give yourself at least two months, on the other hand, and you might be able to save quite a bit.

Keep in mind that some budget sites can be rather sneaky, though, as they keep an eye on the trips you’ve been looking at and turn the price up to create a sense of emergency. If the tickets increased in price over just one night, who knows what they will cost in a week?

Instead of falling for their sly tricks, you can check out the same ticket on another device and see if you’re able to get it for the price you originally saw. It’s not a guaranteed way of ensuring the cheapest ticket but, by booking two months in advance and checking the prices via different devices, you may be able to save quite a bit.

Next: Find the free stuff online

The Internet is a great place to be when you’re looking to save money. Use it while planning your holiday in the states as well as while you’re there, by the way, to look up all the free events and discounted offers in the area you’re in.

Finding the best deals is actually quite simple; just plot in free events in downtown Nashville, for example, ask around on one of the various forums online and keep in mind that a lot of museums and art events will offer free entrance.

The more you’re able to take advantage of the free or heavily discounted offers, the easier it’s going to be to stay within your budget – or to just splurge on the stuff you enjoy a bit more. Have a look around the web for some free apps you can download and use while you’re there as well, by the way, such as this happy hour app that helps you to discover discounted drinks in your area.  

Travel in the ‘shoulder periods’

Or, in other words, travel right before the high season in order to get low fares, cheap accommodation, and affordable meals out. The high season tends to be around the summertime and Christmas as people want to travel and explore the world during these months.

You might have wanted to do the same, though, but by booking your flight for April rather than in June, you’ll be able to not only avoid all of the tourists but also get prices that are adjusted for local travellers.

This is the kind of stuff that requires some planning, however, so try to keep it in mind for the next time you’d like to travel – or just book that ticket for April right away since you still got some time left.

Other ways to save money is to rent an apartment rather than checking in at a costly hotel. This is a better solution if you’re travelling with a group, though, or your family as you’ll be able to chip in on covering the costs and you should definitely make use of Airbnb while you’re there.

Now all you have to do is to pack as little as possible to avoid any extra charges on your luggage, make sure that you have that travel insurance taken care of and, finally, lean back and look forward to your trip.

Thanks so much for reading, hope to see you again :)

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