With airfare, hotels, rental cars, restaurants, tourism activities and souvenirs, the cost of traveling can add up, but there are some little-known ways to reduce spending and still get the most from your vacation.
Avoid airline baggage-checking fees by carrying on. Using a carry-on bag not only saves you money on luggage checking, but also saves you the energy of hauling a heavy suitcase. If you get to your airline gate and the representatives are asking travelers to voluntarily check their bags to save overhead space, you can likely get your bag checked for free. When you travel abroad, you might be able to haggle prices with some vendors as you shop for souvenirs.
For other tips on saving money when you travel, browse the GOBankingRates archives. You’ll find articles to help you navigate the currency differences between countries, find the best travel deals and avoid hidden fees.