Wander Wisely: 12 Budget-Friendly Travel Hacks for the Frugal Explorer

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Do you love to travel but hate the expenses? Or maybe you travel for work but have to pay a lot of your costs. Travel bug or not, we could all be saving some extra money when we travel. There are several inexpensive travel hacks out there to help save time, money, and sanity.

1. Language Does Matter

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Search for flights in an airline's original language. You can save hundreds of dollars this way. For example, book tickets in Peru using Spanish rather than English. 

2. Roll Everything

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Looking for the best way to save room while packing? This is the answer. Roll up your clothes like a bunch of burritos and save room for souvenirs. 

3. Always Have Organizers

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Organizers can help you find what you're looking for in your luggage. They're a lifesaver. 

4. Flat Packing Saves Space

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If you're taking an extended trip and plan to take items out of your suitcase, this is the best way. 

5. Be Careful Who You Ask for Opinions

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Please ensure that if you ask for someone's opinion, they're unbiased. People will give you answers in their best interests rather than yours. So, don't ask someone who owns a shop the best place to get affordable clothes. 

6. Bring Oranges

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Here's one the majority of people don't know but may come in very handy: oranges are a great way to diffuse awful odors of people nearby. This is a must if you're sensitive to smells like I am. 

7. Carry an Extra Pair of Socks

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You can never have too many socks. Even if you think you've packed too many, pack extra. 

8. Stupid and Cheerful

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If you're stopped by law enforcement, the best way to stay out of trouble is to act stupid and cheerful. Never be belligerent. 

9. Use Tape

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Traveling almost always comes with the risk of having your items stolen. However, nobody is going to steal something they think is broken. Putting duct tape on expensive tech items is a great way to deter thieves. 

10. When Flights Get Canceled, Don't Stand in Line To Talk to Agent

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When a flight is canceled, one of the worst things you can do is stand in line. Instead, call the airline or use their app. 

11. Grab an Extension Cord

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You may not need them at home, but you'll be surprised how often they come in handy while out of town. Plus, you can buy the cords that turn one outlet into three.

12. Just Be Chill

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The most important tip? Relax. You're about to head on vacation. Take a deep breath, be prepared, and have a great time. 

Author: Julia Fisher

Title: Editor

Expertise: Mental Health, Books, and Video Games


Julia Fisher is a writer and editor who has loved reading and writing since childhood. She has a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Houghton University and is pursuing a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. She is fascinated with the psychology behind fandom and how people are influenced and shaped by the media they consume. Julia is a Tolkien aficionado who also has Dungeons and Dragons, Pokemon card collecting, and all things RPG in her geek repertoire. When she’s not working, Julia can be in the kitchen, watching Bills football and working on her unpublished novel series. She resides in Buffalo, New York, with her two chocolate labs and hundreds of books.