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A Bargainer's Spring Break Part 2: 4 Tips Once You're There

You're on vacation! Congratulations! We're officially jealous. Now that you're blissfully basking in the glory of your trip, let's make sure the planning isn't the only place you save money.

Get the Most Out of Your Transportation

Chicago L Train

The Cheapest Way to Travel: Public Transportation!

If you're going to a major city with adequate public transportation, try and get around this way. It's always your cheapest option and many cities have ways to save even more. For example, in Chicago you can buy a 1, 3, or 7 day unlimited pass for the train and bus for one price that more than pays for itself in a couple of rides. Check out the city's transportation website before or when you arrive.

Maybe the most economical and easy option, especially if you're traveling in a group, is to rent a car. Renting a car doesn't have to be expensive, but do keep in mind that gas and parking can add up and there is often an age minimum. Save more with these rental car deals:

Up to 30% Off Avis Car Rentals
Enterprise: Car Rentals From $10/Day
7% Off Thrifty Car Rental

Flaunt Your Student Status...Again!

Did you check our student discount list? Being a student can get you tons of discounts, no matter where you are. If you're spending your spring break as a tourist in a new city or in your home town catching movies at the local theater, always ask if there is a student discount available and bring your valid ID.

Save on Great Meals with Coupons

A great trip often includes expensive and delicious meals out, but there are lots of ways to make eating on your trip less of a financial burden. Remember when we told you about the 2012 Entertainment Book for $18 Shipped yesterday? It won't only get you a cheaper flight. This valuable coupon book contains coupons for popular fast food joints, Omaha Steaks, and many more national restaurants.

If you know where you're headed for vacation, why not start looking ahead at the Groupon or Living Social deals for that city? You can probably snag a deal for a great restaurant before you even get there. If you don't want to buy anything ahead, check out Scoutmob online or through their app, which shows great dining deals that you don't have to purchase ahead of time. Same goes with Foursquare. Some restaurants offer discounts or specials just for checking in!

Ask Your Hotel for Help

Don't be afraid to ask your hotel for help. Especially if it's a larger hotel in a tourist destination, they often have relationships with all kinds of vendors around the city, and many will hand you printed coupons to use. Maybe you could get a discounted rate on swimming with the stingrays just by booking through the hotel. Might as well ask, those sting rays are dying to meet you.

Enjoy your vacation BradsDealers! And don't forget to bring us back a souvenir!

How are you saving money this Spring Break? And where are you spending it? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author: Tessa McLean

11 Responses to “A Bargainer's Spring Break Part 2: 4 Tips Once You're There”

  1. Teresa says:

    Any tips for traveling in Europe to help save money?

    • gena says:

      I know there’s a Eruopass that you can purchase at a fairly reasonable rate to travel all over for a period of time. Not sure of the details. My best friend always does this in Europe.

      • gena says:

        I forgot to add, you can trade out your home while you’re gone for one in another country. Others stay free in your home while you stay in theirs or something like that. There’s also a site you can go to that you can work free all over the world by staying in someone’s home while they vacation or just need someone to stay in their home while it’s empty. It can be for a couple of weeks or more. You don’t get paid but you have a free home free of bills for the length of time you’re there. You pay your own food and transportation and sometimes that’s even included. Each listing is different. For the life of me I can’t think of the name of it. There are barges that you can work on (real downscale ship) to get to where you’re going free or really dirt cheap. Hope this helps.

      • shirley says:

        I was in Europe about 2 years ago and travelled via rail all over the country. Great price, they go just about everywhere, clean mode of travel, quick… I highly recommend it.

    • Tessa from BradsDeals says:

      Hey Teresa! A Eurail pass is also a great way to save money while traveling Europe. You can see so much of it by train at a very discounted rate! Also try RyanAir, a cheap airline that flys many places out of smaller airports. Also never take out or exchange more money than you need, it costs a lot if you do! Hope this helps!

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  3. Lwtica says:

    Buy an entertainment book for that area, if in the US. For a March trip, do this after December when the price goes down. Deal Chicken and Groupons work for many US cities, as well. Take a look ahead of time.

    For a 1 day Disney ticket, donate to Florida Hospital a month ahead. You can save over $10/ticket and they give you coupons off other things with the tics.

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