As the sun sets on 2018 and 2019 pops its promising head over the horizon, it’s probably time to make travel plans a reality.
And whether you’re planning a solo adventure, student spring break, fabulous family holiday or ravishing romantic trip, you won’t want to bankrupt yourself while having the best time ever.
But with plenty of prior planning, it’s possible to organize your dream vacay without splashing extravagant cash.
With that in mind, here are 10 shoestring travel tips for 2019.
If you’re traveling by air, find early bird flight bargains on kayak.com for a host of destinations in the US and beyond. When you book at the last minute, you’re liable to waste cash.
- Military discounts
Many holiday companies offer discount deals to the brave men and women who serve in the US military — and rightly so. Learn more about military family discounts for Disney resorts and more at military.com.
- Coach travel
Traveling by coach is one of the cheapest ways to journey across the US, and it’s more comfortable than you might think. Bag cheap coach tickets for seniors, students and children at greyhound.com and save cash to spend on something special at your destination.
- Airport parking
Traveling to your departure airport with tantrum-prone kids is sometimes less stressful in your own vehicle. Check out airport parking site Looking4.com for cheap valet and park and fly options in coast-to-coast locations from Seattle to New York.
- Cut-price food
If you don’t mind your holiday cuisine a little on the spartan side, pre-prepped snacks might suffice for a few days. But in order to treat yourself to a slap-up meal at least once, search groupon.com for cheap restaurant deals at your destination.
- Caribbean on the cheap
The Caribbean’s a classic sun-kissed family vacation destination that’s just a stone’s throw from many major US locations. Find fabulous US Virgin Island all-inclusive deals at cheapcaribbean.com and look forward to lounging like a legend.
- Low-price luggage
If your current holiday baggage is tattered and torn, you can bag luggage bargains at Macys.com on top-flight brands like Samsonite and Kenneth Cole —and star rewards scheme members maximize savings even more.
- Cheapo cruises
If an Alaskan cruise has been on your bucket list for years, why not set sail with Alaskancruise.com and book early to secure savings of up to 75 per cent? With departures from Vancouver and Seattle and stopovers in the Canadian Rockies and Denali National Park, these adventures are awe-inspiring.
- Low-cost lounges
For business travelers, airport lounges are oases of peace and tranquility with fantastic facilities like showers, plush chairs, beds and beautiful food and drink. And you can purchase lounge access worldwide from loungebuddy.com from as little as $25.
- Sunscreen deals
Whether you’re vacationing in the good ‘ol US of A or venturing further afield, forget your sunscreen and you and your kids might end up looking like cooked lobsters. So stock up on discounted cream from walmart.com well in advance of your departure for peace of mind.
That’s our list! Add your own travel savings tips in the comments section.