TRICKS TO SAVE YOU MONEY WHEN TRAV­EL­LING

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - INSPIRE -

Take the road less trav­elled. Pop­u­lar va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tions tend to get crowded and ex­pen­sive. Ask your friends and fam­ily for rec­om­men­da­tions on lesser-known places they have ex­pe­ri­enced. Set up deal alerts. Not picky about where you travel? Sign up for alerts on er­ror fares (deals that re­sult from an air­line ac­ci­den­tally post­ing a low fare) at Se­cret Fly­ing and The Flight Deal to po­ten­tially save hun­dreds on flights. Be flex­i­ble with dates.

As you weigh your op­tions on com­par­i­son sites for flights, do ex­plore mid-week de­par­ture and ar­rival days, which tend to have cheaper fares than on week­ends. Be flex­i­ble with where you stay. Ho­tel stays can be a bud­get-buster. If ho­tels are look­ing pricey, get more for less by search­ing on rental sites like airbnb.com, book­ing.com and agoda.com. Do the math be­fore you leave. By the time you add up costs, an all-in­clu­sive re­sort may be a bet­ter op­tion. Club Med re­sorts al­low kids un­der four to stay for free and older chil­dren for up to 50 per­cent off. Bring snacks. Brown-bag­ging on the go can add up to big sav­ings. Make your own lunch (for two) for un­der RM10 in­stead of fork­ing out RM50 at a restau­rant. Pack sand­wiches and fresh whole fruit.

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