How To Save For Travel

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Last updated Jun 15, 2024
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Are You Looking for Ways to Save for Travel?

Ways to Save for Travel

Are you looking for ways to save for travel? Well, it is challenging! And yet not impossible. Even though saving for travel feels overwhelming.

In this article, you can find some travel-saving tips to help you towards your travel goals.

  • Set a Travel Goal and Travel Budget
  • Plan Ahead, Be Flexible, Research, and Compare
  • Apply for Travel Rewards and Travel Cashback Programs
  • Subscribe to Travel Newsletters for Discounts, Deals, and Alerts
  • Find Ways to Save for Travel

It takes time to save for your dream holiday.

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Well, read this article and let me know if there is something that could help you save for your holiday. Be creative!

How to Save for Travel

  1. Set a Travel Goal and Travel Budget
  2. Plan Ahead Be Flexible, Research, and Compare
  3. Apply for Travel Rewards  and Travel Cashback Programs
  4. Subscribe to Travel Newsletters for Discounts, Deals, and Alerts
  5. Find Ways to Save for Travel
  6. Research Ways to Save When Travelling
Travel Tips, Holding a travel bag with a train in the background

Travel Tips: Girl with suitcase catching a train at the train station

1 Set a Travel Goal and ​Make a Travel Budget

Where do you want to go? How long do you want to go? When do you want to go? How will you be traveling? What time of accommodation do you want to stay in? Who will you be going with or meeting up with?

Depending on these factors can determine the cost. So many questions to be answered? And, then there is food, drinks, incidentals, gifts, and shopping.

First, you will need to make a travel budget so then you can determine how much you can spend on your holiday. Decide how much you will save and how often. And, track your savings in a spreadsheet or an app.

​2 Plan Ahead, Be Flexible, Research, and Compare

Plan ahead and research so you can work out things like when to travel in the off-season or quiet season when it's not school holidays, not public holidays.  And when is the best weather to travel for your comfort? What days museums are open? And, what days are shops open and closed?

For instance, in a country we planned to visit the shops were closed on Sundays and the museums and galleries were closed on Mondays. So, we planned to shop on a Monday and go to museums and galleries on a Sunday.

Be flexible, which days of the week are better to catch flights or what time of day to drive into cities to avoid peak hour traffic? During the week, find the deals that give you an extra night of the week for free. When is it best to eat out at a restaurant to avoid surcharges on weekends?

When it comes to comparing, you can compare prices in the cashback programs. And, you can still compare prices with the airline, travel agencies, and hotel's official websites, too.

I'm a person that likes to plan ahead. However, what I learned from the pandemic, is not to plan some things too far ahead without an automatic full cancellation policy option. For the majority of things that I booked, it was very easy to be refunded. However, even though I had booked the train tickets in Europe with cancellation, it wasn't higher enough to get a full refund. So, I won't book the train that far in advance again.

​3 Apply for Travel Awards and Travel Cashback Programs

Travel Awards Programs mean that you can earn points and use them for travel and other expenses. Research travel awards programs that you can use when shopping which then can be used for travel-related expenses.

Keep track of your rewards. Make sure you read the terms of their programs before joining. [And, refer to banks, financial institutions, and third parties for their requirements].

Booking travel through a cashback site or app allows you to earn back cash for eligible travel expenses. One such provider is WayAway with their WayAway Plus Membership Plan which is a yearly plan.


WayAway and WayAway Plus

WayAway is a flight aggregator. It compares flights and finds airline tickets and travel deals of major US and global airlines and agencies.

You can filter between

  • Baggage Requirements
  • Flight Details
  • Layovers and Overnight Stays
  • Luggage recheck

Learn more about WayAway

WayAway Plus

WayAway shares via a cashback program, WayAway Plus. by giving back to its members a percentage of the bookings. And, it offers customer support and travel content from active travelers. It has an annual membership plan. You can set up price alerts to find out about limited-time bargains and price drops.

Some of the current WayAway Plus Cashback Rates for members include

  • Flights
  •  on selected deals on accommodation
  • Klook
  • Viator
  • GetYourGuide

Make sure you read the Terms of Use and look for any exclusions and restrictions before applying for a membership plan.

Learn more about WayAway Plus, Membership Plan Pricing, and Cashback

​4 Subscribe to Travel Newsletters for Discounts, Deals, and Alerts

Subscribe to travel agencies, sites, blogs, tours, hotels, cashback, rewards, and program alerts that you are interested in to find out the latest news, discounts, tips, and alerts for sales and time-limited offers.

You can also find out information on ideas for travel.

***Always be on alert for suspicious websites, emails, apps, texts, and calls, and report them.***

5 ​Find Ways to Save for Travel

  • Be Sustainable
  • Find Ideas and Implement Ways to Reduce, Repurpose, Recycle, and Reuse
  • Share and Borrow, for instance, Travel Accessories
  • Participate in free and low-cost activities like community festivities
  • Join your local library activities and workshops, state and national libraries
  • Join a local craft group
  • Cook at home, pack your lunch
  • Reduce household bills like utilities
  • Sell unwanted things
  • Unsubscribe to subscriptions
  • Use discounts, compare prices, and wait for sales
  • Walk, hike, or ride a bike instead of using a private electric or motor vehicle
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • Travel, shop, and eat local


[In this article, banking, financial institutions, and similar third-party services and products have not been addressed. Refer to them for their requirements and guides.]

The view from the plane out the window of the clouds

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How to Save When Travelling

6 Research Ways to Save When Travelling

  1. Eat like a local
  2. Buy some food, drinks, and snacks at local supermarkets and markets, and use local discounts
  3. Use a refillable water container
  4. Join Local Loyalty Discount Programs for Shopping, Food Outlets, and Restaurants
  5. Find Free or Low-Cost Walking Tours and Activities like Museums, Gardens, and Art Galleries
  6. Use free or low-cost modes of transport like walking, hiking, riding a bike, and public transport
  7. Be sustainable when travelling
  8. Find ideas and implement ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose when travelling


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Walking Tour

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  1. These are really great tips on how to save for travel! I had never heard of WayAway, but will definitely be checking them out for the next time we plan our adventures. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you for reading. You’re welcome.

  2. Great advice! I also like earning with phone apps like Ibotta and Swagbucks. I’ve paid for Disney tickets and meals with those! I like your idea about sharing travel accessories. That’s a good way to save money and storage space!

    • Thank you for reading and the ideas. Yes, I thought of that to save on storage space!

  3. These are such great tips on how to save for travel! I have a line item on my budget where I set aside money each week toward my travel goals.

    • Thank you for reading and sharing your idea.

  4. We are constantly on the go and eating like a local is one of my favorite ways to save when we travel.

    • Thank you for reading and sharing your idea.

  5. I’m always looking for ways to save money to travel and these are great ideas. I thing it’s especially important to have a budget when you travel and stick to it.

    • Thank you for reading and sharing your idea.

  6. We have a separate bank account dedicated just for travel. It actually really helps a lot! I like your other tips for how to save money for travel.

    • Thank you for reading and sharing your idea. You’re welcome!

  7. Creating a budget for your travels is so important. It can be so easy for spending to get out of hand if you don’t have a plan for how to use your money. One of my first savings accounts I opened was a travel savings account. It has helped me save for travel so many times.

    • Thank you for reading and sharing your idea.

  8. So many great ideas on a how to save for travel. Going to put some of these into action.

    • Thank you for reading and glad you found some helpful tips.

  9. These are excellent tips for saving for travel! I do se real of these. Love my travels!

    • Thank you for reading. Cool!

  10. These are some great ways to save for travel. We are going to use a few of these.

    • Thank you for reading, glad you found to use.


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