The Wanderlust Guide to Travel on a Budget

wanderlustThe most glorious season is almost here: Summer. I’m not sure about you, but this time every year I get hit with the most insatiable case of Wanderlust. My bucket list grows ever longer with the corners of the world I would like to explore: Thailand, Greece, the French Riviera, oh my! While I’ll be sticking around in the US this year, there’s nothing like getting away for the weekend.

Planning for a vacation can be quite the ordeal. Where should we go, what airline should we fly, where should we stay? But it doesn’t have to be that way. With all of the travel sites available at our finger tips, we have the power. The days are over where we had to settle for a price we didn’t like. If you have a case of wanderlust and need to travel on a budget like me, here are a few tips to get the most bang for your buck.

Timing is everything. Airline fares change constantly, often several times a week, so check fares early and often. Once you know you’re going to be travelling to a specific location, start checking the fares at least once a week to get an idea of what a good deal looks like. Be ready to pull the trigger when you do find that deal, because it’s not likely to stick around long. CheapAir.com ran a study and found that the best time to buy domestic flights is about 7 weeks prior to your trip. While that number varies, the study consistently showed that you will pay a premium for booking too late, within 2 weeks of your trip, or too early, more than 5 months in advance.

Be flexible with your dates. It may be ideal to fly out on Friday and return on Sunday, but these are going to be the premium prices. I went to a wedding in Charleston last year and saved $150 per ticket by flying out on Monday instead of Sunday. This especially makes a difference on holiday weekends.

Compare, compare, compare. Throw that brand loyalty out the window and shop around. Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, Hotels.com and more offer daily deals, name your price features, package deals and more. Do an extra 10 to 15 minutes of research to make sure you are getting the best deal out there. I was ready to pull the trigger on a hotel room in Austin only to find the same hotel on Priceline for $50 less per night. Your wallet will thank you for your patience!

Once you’re ready to purchase, make sure to do so through Memolink. You’ll be pleased to see those points add up when you return from your vacation. So take the stress out of planning, and focus on that beachside lawn chair with your name on it.

Happy travels Memolink fans!

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