I’m no travelologist (or someone who is particularly good at traveling), but it’s my favorite thing! I’ve often said I wish I could just travel the world and blog about it (until I remember that living out of a suitcase is no place for a sweaty runner’s clothes). Anyways, I got a lot of questions about how Ben and I planned our Panama trip and I thought I’d share some of my travel tips for saving money.
1. Get a friend. If you already have a friend you’re one step ahead of me.
Let me be more specific – get a friend that works at a major hotel chain. Then, buy that friend a muffin and kindly ask them if you can use their discount.
Ben and I stayed at the Marriott in Panama city because of a friends and family discount. Otherwise it would have be all hostels and bed bugs style.
2. Kayak.com I can’t believe peeps don’t know about this site, but I recently mentioned it to a friend and she didn’t know about it?! If you don’t use Kayak already – start.
3. Lonely Planet books. This line of books, along with “xxx for Dummies” are super helpful on the road. I know this is crazy, but sometimes when you’re traveling you don’t have 24-hr access to the internet. It’s tragic.
4. Trip Advisor Forums. These are super helpful since a lot of the active members are very well traveled and can give you great tips.
When we went to Belize for our honeymoon the message boards gave us the name and phone number or someone who could give us a ride to our hotel – this was a lot cheaper and easier than a taxi and we were able to arrange for him to pick us up at the end of our trip!
Why is travel on my brain anyways?
Well, because Ben and I are going to Florida for Christmas again this year and I just realized we leave in 24 days!
Luckily, staying with his family is very relaxing – their little sleepy town has a nice, slower paced feel. I’m really looking forward to it after such a busy travel year!
Do you have any travel planning tips to share?
Bonus Question: Anyone got a friend who works for the SNA airport shuttle?