Today Show: Money-Saving Tips For Vacations
You don’t have to break the bank to go on vacation according to some Today Show fans who wrote in to the show letting the co-hosts know how they travel for cheap. The Today Show invited the features director for Travel + Leisure magazine, Nilou Motamed, and host of Yahoo’s Financially Fit, Farnoosh Torabi, on the show to elaborate on how people can take some of these money-saving ideas and stretch the savings even farther.
Megabus Tickets For $1
One fan wrote in to the show saying she and her boyfriend always wanted to go to New Orleans. When they had the chance to go to the Jazz and Gumbo Festival, they took the Megabus from North Carolina to New Orleans at a cost of $35 for both of them round trip.
Motamed said it was a great idea to take the Megabus. She said getting tickets earlier is the best way to get them as cheap as possible. And if you can book your ticket early enough you might even get a trip for only $1. She also said it leaves you more money to see some great live music or to eat at authentic New Orleans restaurants like Mother’s and Casamento’s.
Use Air Miles To Fly For Free
Another woman wrote in saying she took her family of six to Hawaii for a dream vacation. They were able to fly round-trip for free with their air miles and they rented a house by the beach that included everything they would need, and they even cooked meals at the home to save more money.
Motamed said people could also consider a house swap to save more money. Some great websites to check out are lovehomeswap.com and homeexchange.com.
Torabi added that for people looking into air miles, it is best to go with a credit card that allows you to use the air miles at a number of different airlines instead of just one.
Couch Surfing Down the Coast
Finally, a woman wrote in saying she took a 3,000 mile road trip with her husband from Washington, through California, to Las Vegas and back up the coast to Washington. She said they saved money by using a Road Pro slow cooker and a plug in cooler to keep drinks cold. She said they stayed with friends and family along the way to save even more money.
Motamed said if you are traveling by car it is best to find the cheapest gas around. She suggested using gasbuddy.com which finds the best gas prices around in any city you are in.
Torabi said couchsurfing.com is a great website to find some free meals and lodging. Simply log in and find someone who is giving up their couch for the night or possibly a friendly meal they want to share with strangers.