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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
How To Frugalize Your Vacation-Part 1
I'm back from my vacation to Alaska, and it was lovely! I had a great time and I'll post some pictures soon. But, my trip has inspired me to write a series of posts on how to frugalize travel. So, without further ado, here is part 1: Getting there!
2. Bring an empty water bottle through security. After you get through you can fill it up in a water fountain. I also packed some snacks in my purse since the airlines no longer provide free meals. This saved me $3 on a bottle of water and $7 I would have spent to purchase a meal. Even though one of the meals was a cheese plate that looked delicious, I resisted.
Here's how I saved money on my way to Alaska:
1. I used a carry-on bag in order to avoid paying $20 each way to check a bag. I fit everything I need for my four day trip pretty easily. I didn't have to overstuff my bag, but I noticed that if people did, they checked your bag for free. I did spend $11 on travel sized items, but compared to the $40 I would have spent to check my bag it was well worth it. I also saved free samples of moisturizer, shampoo, and conditioner to take on my trip. Here's what I took:
3. Entertainment: I borrowed a book from my friend Juliet instead of buying one. I also downloaded some of my favorite free podcasts (This American Life, Car Talk, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me), which helped pass the time in the airport and during the flight. I also downloaded some free games onto my iPod touch. Last, when I printed my boarding pass at home, it gave me the option to print free crosswords and word searches. I printed a few of them.
4. I arrived in Alaska at 1:45am, and since it would have cost over $100 to stay at even the cheapest hotel in Anchorage, I chose to spend my first night in a hostel. I generally think I am too old for hostels, I found a clean, well-reviewed one for $25. Since I knew I'd only be there for about seven hours to sleep, I went for it, which saved me over $75. When I met up with my sister we stayed in a hotel in Seward.
Stay tuned for my next post on having frugal fun on vacation!