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How to Trade Time for Money (and Vice Versa) While Traveling

One of the key skills that sets expert travelers apart is how they balance time and budget. What most people would struggle to do … they don’t!

If you had an unlimited budget, you could probably be picky about how much of your day you’re willing to spend doing things. How much time you’d spend to get yourself around, how much time you can linger over a glass of wine. Time is easy to find. Conversely, if you had months to spend you’d inevitably save money doing the same activity, just by spending a little more time in line, or waiting for the bus.

Here’s a few simple ways to save money by trading time, and how to smartly trade money for time. To be clear, sometimes spending time or money is not an either/or relationship.  Many of my favorite travel experiences were made by walking back to the hotel, or standing in line for food with the locals, or flying to a vacation in business class. You choose!

To save MONEY by trading TIME

  1. Stay in the next town over from your destination
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    Park City, Utah’s next town over is Salt Lake City, 40 minutes away.

    I learned this in my snowboarding days, but it works for nearly all travel. If I was going snowboarding in Jackson Hole, I’d stay in Driggs, Idaho, 30 minutes away from the resort. I’d save 40-50% over what staying in Jackson, Wyoming costs. 

  2. Prepare your own meals
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    Nothing wrong with this view

    I really look forward to eating the local food wherever I’m traveling. Doing that means dining out. But you can get a different but equally memorable experience if you prepare your own meal using local ingredients. You’ll need to shop, and that means going where the locals go. Another benefit!

  3. Spend time getting informed while on the road 
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    Half-price, if you’re willing to come on a Thursday. Credit: Juliana Su/Flickr

    As an experience-focused traveler, I really prefer to follow my instinct and let my feet and nose do the deciding. But this can get very expensive! What I do is get a grasp of what I would like to go experience, and then find the best deal going for that activity. Two examples: some culinary schools and academies have restaurants that serve the public awesome meals at rock-bottom prices, but only during limited hours. Museums too: many museums offer free entry but only on a particular day. This beats paying $25 or more for entry for each museum.  

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    Louvre, Paris. Free the First Sunday of Every Month

To save TIME by trading MONEY

  1. Fly Business class and sleep on the plane
    Business Class on Eva Air Credit: Edwin Leong/By Edwin Leong, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31769804

    Business Class on Eva Air Credit: Edwin Leong/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31769804

    For most overseas flights, this saves a day each way, so in effect your vacation is 2 whole days longer. Overseas Business Class is in my experience a bigger leap in creature comfort as well: food, entertainment and comfort are a big step up from coach on overseas flights. This also is true for sleeper cars on trains — the most tranquil place on many trains is the private berths, not to mention more secure.

  2. Take a private tour or book a private table
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    Hard at work

    In many attractions, high demand means long lines, something to avoid at all costs if you’re careful with your time. Talk to your hotel concierge, and see if they can arrange a private tour for you. This also works for restaurants. Ask your concierge about getting a tour of the restaurant you’re interested in, and dining at the chef’s table, which is another word for the kitchen. I highly recommend it!

  3. Book a hotel room next door to your destination
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    Right Next Door!

    The most consistently time-saving technique I use is to sleep as close to the attraction as possible. For instance if you’re visiting the Louvre, stay in the 1st Arrondissement. Pricier! But a 5 minute walk beats 45 minutes.

  4. Take care of personal chores in the hotel 
    5 Stars. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streetcarl/ (Ben)

    5 Stars. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streetcarl/ (Ben)

    Ever wonder what’s the difference between 4 and 5 star hotels? The real difference? It’s guest services. Time taking care of the little things is time taken away from your visit. Small time stealers add up. In top hotels, you can arrange for most things to be done to be done for you. I especially like having my laundry done, it’s one of those things that feels like luxury when I travel. Haircuts, too. And of course, room service. 

 Amazing Airfare was created to offer travelers unbelievable discounts (in every case at least 50%) on airfare to international destinations. If you’re a traveler looking to find the biggest discount, or just too busy to keep searching for incredible deals,Amazing Airfare might be the ticket!

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Brexit and Travel Impacts

Three ways travel is impacted post-Brexit:

1. Take Donald Trump’s advice and save some money

Trump explains travel

Trump explains travel

I never thought I’d take Donald Trump’s advice on travel, but today I am!  Here’s the quote: “…. traveling and for other things, you know, I think it could very well turn out to be a positive.”  Washington Post, June 24, 2016

All kidding aside, the British Pound’s trading at about 7% less right now (up from nearly 11% lower yesterday) versus the US Dollar and this has direct benefit if you pay in greenbacks.  Here’s how: Travel to UK or paying for UK goods and services (like a plane ticket, a hotel room or a West End play) will be substantially cheaper. The UK can be kind of expensive, so any discount is well worth seeking out, especially one this straightforward. If you’re thinking of going, book (and pay) soon.

2.  Border travel restrictions won’t change for at least two years.

More of this, in a few years

More of this, in a few years

 According to European Union law, The UK leaves the EU two years after it notifies the EU, about two years from today (the UK hasn’t notified the EU of its intentions.) For Europeans traveling to the UK, that means that travel won’t be impacted by EU resident checks for a few years. Same with UK residents: Travel to non-CTA EU countries won’t be restricted by border checks for a few years.  It is too early to expect more border patrols, but it is likely. This means that border crossing to or from the UK will be affected eventually – more red tape, more delays and more queues – but nothing changes right now.   

3.  A rare invitation into British and Northern Irish political attitudes.

No lack of opinions here

No lack of opinions here

One of my favorite insights about travel is from Mark Twain:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  

As Mark Twain suggests, travel offers us a different perspective on our world. From what I’ve read and seen, some areas of the UK were very strongly Remain, and some were decidedly Leave.  What’s the deeper reason? One thing I’m sure of is that British and Northern Irish folks probably have an opinion and might want to talk about it with you! It’s a unique opportunity to learn about the British and Northern Irish people and how they view themselves.

 Amazing Airfare was created to offer travelers unbelievable discounts (in every case at least 50%) on airfare to international destinations.  If you’re a traveler looking to find the biggest discount, or just too busy to keep searching for incredible deals,  Amazing Airfare might be the ticket!

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Three tips on airfare savings based on calendars

Everyone appreciates saving money on airfare. Here’s three things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about traveling, or when you’re booking your travel based on a little calendar knowledge, a little patience and a little luck.

Book airline travel on Tuesdays and (early) Wednesday. According to writer Mark di Vincenzo, and as detailed in his book Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon, the peak days to save money on a flight are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And according to Lifehacker, if you can stay awake until 1:00AM Wednesday, you may find even hotter deals. The rationale is that airlines update their inventory (flight seats) pricing early Wednesday morning, in the home timezone of the airline. For such a substantial discount, it might be worth it to practice your redeye technique when you book your next trip.

Travel on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Saturday.  According to the US Travel Association https://www.ustravel.org/answersheet,  26% of all US air travelers are business travelers, and airlines frequently sell these tickets for the most money. Since airlines know that inflexible dates and times are a requirement for many business trips and travelers, whenever you can book travel for a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Saturday, the days least likely to have business travelers, you might get a good discount. According to USA Today, the savings are definitely worth looking for, up to 35%.

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Trade your guaranteed flight seat on busy travel days for another guaranteed seat on a later flight plus compensation. This one is a bit more complicated, but you can do it – here’s how: Book travel to your destination on the last day of a holiday weekend, if you can be at the airport early. Arrive to the departure gate 90 minutes before boarding and start listening for the airline agents calling for guaranteed seat holders willing to be bumped.  In most cases, the airline will improve the offers only if they haven’t found enough passengers willing to take a later flight, so be prepared to say yes early or late, depending on demand.

To use a personal example: we surrendered our return flight seats from Charles de Gaulle in Paris over Memorial Day Weekend a few years ago, and were compensated €1900 for the pair of us to take the next day’s flight.  The compensation was worth nearly 50% of the cost of the flight.

Amazing Airfare was created to offer travelers unbelievable discounts (in every case at least 50%) on airfare to international destinations.  If you’re a traveler looking to find the biggest discount, or just too busy to keep searching for incredible deals,  Amazing Airfare might be the ticket!

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Follow Airlines on Social Media

Looking for a discount on airfare?  For travelers looking for a super sale price on a great flight, or new and upcoming promos on tickets, or exploring the destinations and getaways that airlines can offer, or late breaking news on your next trip’s itinerary, following airlines’ social media is definitely worth investigating!

Another benefit of following airlines on social media is that airlines, more than most companies, monitor their social media accounts and respond to their followers.  We’ve seen plenty of airlines use Twitter and Facebook as a way of helping out travelers when customers have questions, need answers or are looking for advice.  Airlines thrive on customer satisfaction, so keeping customers happy is a key priority.  

Here’s a list of air carriers to get you started:

USA-based carriers most active on social media

Non-USA-based carriers active on social media

 Amazing Airfare was created to offer travelers unbelievable discounts (in every case at least 50%) on airfare to international destinations.  If you’re a traveler looking to find the biggest discount, or just too busy to keep searching for incredible deals,  Amazing Airfare might be the ticket!

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