Vacation budget: helpful hints

Posté par TripMapper | 8th February 2021

Many of us have a rough idea of our vacation budget. Saving money both during the booking process and whilst on vacation allows us to stretch our money a little further. We have set out a few simple tips and helpful hints to get the most out of your budget.

Budgeting tool


We admit, we too used to be 'travel itinerary google sheets' budgeting types...then TripMapper came along and we haven't looked back! With TripMapper's budgeting tool you can manage and track your spending both before and during your trip. You can input:

  • a daily or entire trip budget
  • paid amounts (including deposits)
  • upcoming amounts

and our budgeting tool will let you know what you have left to spend, or if you are over budget. You can also convert one currency to another for accurate budgeting.

Give TripMapper a whirl and stay in control of your trip spend!


Air Travel

  • Comparison sites can save you time and provide access to a wide range of flights (for example Kayak, Momondo, Skyscanner, Google flights. However, remember not every flight option will be shown on a comparison site and some may only show the headline cost, ignoring any add-ons you will be expected to pay. Dig a little deeper directly on the airline/ travel websites after identifying a few good options.
  • Set up Google Flights alerts for any flights you want to keep an eye on.
  • Sign up to Jack’s Flight Club or Secret Flying for bargain flights.
  • Check out airline sales.
  • If you have time, book indirect flights with a short lay over, it could save you $100s!
  • Avoid unnecessary frills. Consider whether extra charges for seat selection and priority boarding are really worthwhile.
  • Weigh and measure your luggage before you leave for the airport. You do not want to be stung before your holiday has started!
  • Delete your cookies or switch internet browsers when booking travel online.
  • Take advantage of online discount codes and cash back offers.

Car Hire

  • Comparison sites can be a very useful tool, however, do not assume that the different car hiring options and add-ons will work in exactly the same way, or offer similar insurance cover. As stated above, dig a little deeper directly on the hiring company websites after identifying a few options which appear to meet your needs.
  • Fill up just before you return the hire car. Supermarket gas stations are generally cheaper.
  • Take advantage of online discount codes and cash back offers.

Public Transport

  • If possible to do so, plan all your sightseeing geographically and within walking distance. You could save on public transport and taxi fares.
  • If you prefer not to walk, transport passes can help you save significantly on public transport costs.
  • City sightseeing hop-on-hop-off buses can be a great and cost-effective way to learn about a city as well as getting around.


  • Booking activities in advance may be cheaper than booking on the day (remember to check the cancellation policy).
  • Arranging your own excursion (if possible to do so) may be considerably cheaper than booking through an all-inclusive tour provider.
  • If tour providers offering the same experience both get great customer ratings, go with the cheaper provider.
  • Ask your hotel whether they have discount coupons.
  • Take advantage of online discount codes and cash back offers.


  • Earn free nights or get member’s discounts by becoming a loyal customer on a hotel vendor’s website (for example or
  • Consider staying in short term rental properties (through legitimate vendors). It may be more cost effective than staying in a hotel.
  • Use budget hotels for stopovers.
  • If you drop off to sleep easily, you can save the cost of a night in a hotel by travelling overnight.
  • Take advantage of online discount codes and cash back offers.

Food and Drink

  • Unless breakfast is included in your hotel room rate, grab breakfast at the nearest cafe.
  • Limit your use of the hotel minibar. Bring in a few drinks and snacks from a local supermarket.
  • Avoid restaurants and cafes located nearby big tourist attractions. A five minute walk can significantly reduce your bill.
  • Staying in self-catered accommodation allows you to have the flexibility to eat in or eat out.
  • Choose local wines and draft beers when eating out.

We hope you find these tips useful in managing your trip budget, we certainly do.

Editor's note: During COVID-19 there are restrictions on travel. Check the latest guidance before booking and departing and always follow local health guidance.

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