9. Be flexible when flying. If you do not have a tight schedule, can you be flexible with the time of the day when you fly, your seat selection, or the number of stops? Do you mind having a long layover? If you can, check the dates of your trip and see whether the price would go down if you tweak the dates a bit.
10. Stay outside a city. You usually pay for the location, and sometimes it is cheaper to stay outside a city and far away from areas with big tourist attractions. You can also go to the attractions and then get back to your hotel to sleep.
11. Rent an apartment instead of getting two rooms. If you travel with other family having two or more kids, it is expensive to stay in a hotel because you will need to get adjoining rooms. An apartment or condo is much cheaper. You can use VRBO, HomeAway, or TripAdvisor.
12. Go off season. Going off-season usually offers cheaper plane tickets and hotel rooms, and there might be more availability. Attractions could also be cheaper at that time and you will not have to deal with large crowds. But make sure places are open.
13. Have a big lunch. You could buy extra food at lunch and then save it for dinner later. Restaurants also usually offer lunch specials with less expensive prices.
14. Don’t eat in areas that are close to tourist destinations. Try to avoid eating at tourists attractions as they tend to raise the price to their captive audience. In some spots, walking just a few blocks can slash prices at restaurants.
15. Create a budget and stick to it. Make it clear when to save and when to splurge. Only eat at a nice restaurant on your last night of vacation. Think of ways to save money but don’t forget to treat yourself during the trip. Having a budget is a good way to keep yourself on track.