When it comes to saving money on your next travel assignment, it pays to plan ahead. Many of the largest expenses will naturally be covered as part of the contract, but that doesn’t mean the experience will be expense free for you. So, with that in mind, here are a few things you can do to save money on the expected and unexpected costs of travel.
* Pack for the worst. No one sets out planning to lose their luggage en route to their final destination, but sadly, it happens from time to time. That’s why it’s a good idea to turn your carry-on into an emergency bag. Your wallet, a spare change of clothes and a phone charger are musts as well as anything else you will need to survive a day or two. Packing these items ahead of time will save you from having to repurchase them later should your luggage disappear.
* Snack time. Airport food is ... let’s call it pricey. And yet you find yourself paying for it because there’s a delay and you're hungry or you’re tired of staring at your phone. Instead, pack a few snacks in your carry-on and an empty water bottle that you can fill once you are through security. It won’t spare you the boredom of a delay, but it will save you some money.
* Book your excursions early. One of the best parts of your travel is the travel itself, and you know there’s plenty you want to see in your chosen city. Before you leave, however, research discount opportunities on your must-see sites and book them for your off-days. You’ll cross items off your bucket list at a reduced price.
* Load up on loyalty. Whether it's points gained through an existing credit card or loyalty programs you sign up for as part of your travels, the points and miles you accrue through these programs can be considerable, so do your research ahead of time and pick the plans that work best for you. You’re going to travel anyway; why not maximize your benefits?
What planning tips do you employ to save money before you travel? Let us know in the comments.