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Many people who live on a budget assume they can’t afford to travel due to high airfare costs among all of the other travel expenses. However, if you are a little strapped for cash, it’s still completely possible to plan an amazingly affordable trip. Keep in mind that you will still have to save money here and there, but even small change adds up! This is how you can travel while on a budget.

Earn Credit Card Rewards

Many credit cards offer cash-back and/or consumer-loyalty programs. You can find credit card companies that offer large bonuses for just signing up for their cards. Typical bonuses offered are on various accomplishments such as spending a certain dollar amount within the first few months or travel rewards for each dollar that you spend using your new line of credit. Over time this spending adds up, so simply using the same credit card for gas and groceries could earn you a free trip. If that trip takes you overseas, then many do not charge a foreign transaction fee.

Follow Flight Discounts

Some travel destinations require flying and if that’s the case for you, it pays to choose your airline carefully. There are many apps and online resources that will guide you getting the cheapest flights. Google for example will track your flight prices and let you know when there’s a considerable discount. Although it will take patience and a little bit of research, you can find great deals on flights. Another suggestion is to check alternative dates such as the day before or the day after you originally planned your trip. It could be even cheaper to fly out on a different day of the week.

Know Where to Stay

When you think of vacation, the first thing that pops into your mind on where to stay is a hotel or resort. Although traveling in luxury is an amazing experience, it’s not the most affordable accomodation choice. Depending on your travel destination, local hostels could be a great option. Another popular traveler’s choice is staying at an Airbnb, pretty much renting someone else’s home or private guest room for the time of your trip.

There are many ways to travel inexpensively. Remaining as flexible as possible and spending time doing your research will help you make your vacation an unforgettable travel experience.