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There are numerous benefits associated with traveling. Packing a bag and setting off for parts unknown can be a great way to shake things up and break up the monotony of daily life. Travel also stands to expose you to new cultures and perspectives, thereby making you a better-rounded person.

Travel can broaden the mind and expand one’s perspective in ways that few other experiences are able to. However, due to the high costs associated with certain types of trips, many of us don’t do nearly as much traveling as we’d like. While an ambitious travel excursion is always going to set you back a little, there are numerous ways to make traveling more financially feasible. Budget-conscious travel enthusiasts looking for effective ways to conserve their resources will be well-served by the following pointers.

Travel during the off-season 
It’s not hard to see why so many of us opt to travel during the spring and summer months. Not only are these seasons synonymous with vacation time, they also come with an abundance of agreeable weather. As such, there’s little wonder as to why this time of year is widely known as “travel season.” Additionally, with such an exorbitant number of people traveling, airfare, hotel costs and various other travel expenses tend to be quite high during this time. 

While wanting to embark on your next big trip during peak travel season is perfectly understandable, you stand to save yourself a considerable sum by engaging in off-season travel. If you’re open to traveling during the fall and winter months, you’ll be able to take advantage of a wide range of bargains. From discounted plane tickets to dramatically reduced hotel fees, you can travel like royalty on a modest budget during the off-season.  

Seek out travel packages 
Travel packages can be the cost-conscious traveler’s best friend. As the name suggests, travel packages encompass virtually every aspect of a vacation. In addition to airfare and lodgings, many travel packages will provide you with convenient restaurant and attraction discounts. Not only can travel packages prove conducive to saving money, they can take much of the hassle out of planning your next vacation. Being able to book everything in one fell swoop can effectively simplify the planning phase of virtually any trip.    

Rent a vehicle 
If comfortably getting around your next travel destination requires the use of a vehicle, consider renting a car. Having a dependable vehicle at your disposal will save you the trouble of planning your itinerary around public transit schedules and the expenses associated with habitual rideshare use. Although many travelers shy away from renting vehicles because of the perceived cost, a reliable rental car may be more affordable than you think. 

For starters, some travel packages include heavily discounted car rentals. Furthermore, having a major credit card or a certain type of AAA membership may entitle you to discounts with various rental services. As such, Illinois-bound travelers who are looking to visit Chi-Town would do well to bring up their preferred search engines and look for “car rental Chicago".

Even outside of the above-mentioned discounts, there are ample ways to make renting a vehicle more affordable. Comparison shopping, buying mileage plans that suit your driving needs and turning down GPS if you own a smartphone are just a few simple measures that can save you a bundle on your next rental. Furthermore, since many auto insurers, banks and credit card companies provide customers with some level of rental car coverage, purchasing additional insurance from rental services often amounts to a needless expense.   

Stay with friends or family members 
If you have any close friends or family members in the vicinity of your next travel destination, you can save yourself some potentially hefty hotel costs by staying with people you know. Just make sure that your stay won’t be an imposition, and make a point of picking up after yourself and pitching in with chores throughout the duration of your trip. 

There are numerous benefits associated with traveling. Packing a bag and setting off for parts unknown can be a great way to shake things up and break up the monotony of daily life. Travel also stands to expose you to new cultures and perspectives, thereby making you a better-rounded person. Unfortunately, high costs have prevented many of us from traveling on a consistent basis. Although traveling will always entail spending money, taking a trip needn’t entail breaking the bank. Travel lovers looking for effective ways to make the most of limited budgets should put the tips discussed above to good use.   

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