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Everyone is looking for ways to save money and the same can be said for taking a trip. There are many ways to help reduce costs by using common sense and savvy. For tourists coming to the United States who are residents of one of the 36 countries which participate in the visa waiver program, they will need ESTA US visas. An ESTA US visa provides authorization to travel into the country. An ESTA visa application can be filed online, saving money. In addition, it will save a great deal of time and money to make sure one is obtained prior to booking any flights. Otherwise, people will not be allowed to fly into the United States. Actual entry will then be determined at customs. Once the ESTA visa has been authorized, then travelers should think about 8 great ways to travel on a budget.
One of the greatest tips is to shop around and compare prices when buying airline tickets. Discount websites will help a person to find the best deals. Timing is everything and there will be certain points in the year when there are cheaper rates. Find out when they are and plan vacations then.
Plan meals to reduce the costs of food; For example, if accommodations have a kitchenette, use it and prepare some meals at the room. If not, it is still helpful to buy snacks and breakfast foods that will save on going out to eat. In addition, make lunch the large meal of the day when eating out. Restaurants tend to have lunch specials that are a good deal.
When seeking transportation, find the best deals ahead of time for car rentals. Also, find out if subways, trains, and buses are available. Public transportation is generally most economical.
Choice of lodging is important as well. Find out where the best rates are. It may mean staying outside of the big city to get the best price.
When shopping, find out about outlet stores and favorites of the locals. These may be most cost effective.
Take small, day trips to see the sights. Taking your own tour will definitely save money over hiring a service.
Find out about any discounts. Group discounts, discounts for senior citizens or infants, student discounts, and memberships may apply.
A final option to save on that budget is to travel close to home. Find the surprises in the home land.
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Written by Robert Hall a Tech writer with a travel obsession – catch me @travelplex