The Top 3 things you pay for most frequently
while you are traveling but don’t realize it.
Yes, Alcohol is a huge re-occurring expense for most travelers. Usually you get a few drinks each day sometimes more and do not even think about it. At the end of the trip you might want to check that total for all those 7$ drinks you consumed, that will add on a huge cost to your trip you would never expect some of the totals we have seen added up from alcohol expenses.
2. Daily Transportation
No this is not your big ticket travel expense like airfare, this is your daily transportation fees. Those pesky cab rides or the man who convinced you to let you ride downwind of him in a cart after he’s been biking people over all day, yes those fees. They add up, they are so convincing with the oh here is my map I go this route it very cheap and if you want to go to your actual destination ONLY 5$ more. Yes they’ve gotten me too. You also have the subways, trains, and any other method you can think of.
3. Random Airport Junk
The impulse airport purchases get us every time. Oh yes, every time it never fails you wait for your flight and while waiting decide I will just look around in the gift shop or grab some coffee from Starbucks. Twenty minutes later you have a fancy frappe, headphones (that they give you on most flights free anyways), chocolate bar, and some magazine or cross word puzzle you will never do but hey it sounded good at the time. I too have been duped by the awesome displays and organization of the super clean airports this isn’t even including the over the top airports with gambling and clothing shops. Thats an entire different animal right? Safe to say you drop a good bit in the airport and never think twice because hey at the time its usually small amounts here and there.
Hot or Cold is the real question?
What do you prefer? Hot or cold? Such a big factor in deciding where and when you want to travel. Do you like the idea of snow and all the activities that go along with it? In cold climates with snow you have snow boarding, skiing, fires, hot cocoa, and something referred to as “snow tubing”. Cold definitely has some perks, ladies how much do you not like your make up running and hair frizzing? Gentlemen how much do you like having an excuse to have a beard? You don’t have to worry about shaving, sweating, or getting sunburned very much while away in cold climates. Do you appreciate the panoramic view off a balcony in the snow covered woods surrounded by mountains or do you prefer the warm beaming sunset on the beach somewhere with palm trees surrounding you?
Hot, Oh there are so many awesome things about the warmth. You have water that is NOT cold or frozen. Not too mention if you are near any beaches you will have the dozens of water sports. For example water skiing, tubing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and so many other. Is that what you want to do on your trip though? Do you want to lay out and tan or possibly burn if you were one “blessed” with fair skin. The alternative is trading in your “itty bitty teeny weany yellow polka dot bikini” for layers of clothes to avoid the harsh cool winds. So I suppose this is just something that will have to be decided by each traveler based on what they want to do, wear, see, and feel.
Which do you prefer and why?
Ways to Save: Luggage fees
You ever wonder how the friends or colleagues you are traveling with get free luggage check ins? With the cost of airfare and traveling as high as it is saving every dollar you can on a trip adds up quickly. Here are some simple ways they could be avoiding those annoying luggage fees.
- Airlines that have free 1st bag check ins – Southwest Airlines as well as Jetblue Airways do not charge for the first bag that you check in. With that being said keep it to one bag in the weight range.
- Active Military IDs- Many airlines have exemptions for active military to get their bags checked in for free as well as their dependents traveling with them. These are the airlines I’ve found that do so far: American Airlines, US Airways, Delta, Air Tran, United Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Jetblue.
- Become a miles member- The more travel miles you ecru the more perks you get. Usually free luggage check ins are included for many of the airline companies reward member cardholders.
- Be conscious about where you are traveling- So many people make the mistake of forgetting most airlines allow free 1st bag check ins for people flying internationally. Check with your airline to see if it applies to your trip abroad.
- Credit Cards - There are many credit cards for travelers that allow you to check in baggage for free in addition to a traveling companion/s depending on the airline. Some of these include Chase United, Amercian Express Platinum, American Airlines Platinum Select, and many more. You can find out more about these here: http://www.creditcards.com/airline-miles.php?a_aid=b0e5a181&a_cid=1025&a_did=177380&adused=%7Bcreative%7D
Well there you have it some great ways to avoid paying those luggage check in fees each time you travel.