Don't go BROKE for Travel: Here's Ashlee's Tips!

posted by Ashlee Young -

How can you see some amazing places, visit family and NOT go broke traveling?

I am on a plane at least twice a month - either out of George Bush International in Houston, TX or Easterwood in College Station, TX. I fly to attend events, visit friends and family and (rarely) to vacation. So when looking for a flight and hotel to LAX and Downtown LA area for NBA All Star weekend, I was DISGUSTED by the prices for tickets out of Houston. So I found a little trick to save the most money.

If you are spontaneous like me, the phrase "just book it earlier," just flew over our heads. I didn't decide until yesterday that I was going to LA. Sometimes I get tired of traveling and trekking back and forth to Houston - but ESPECIALLY because I'm a whimsical Gemini - I change my mind often.

ASHLEE'S FIVE FOOL PROOF TIPS FOR TRAVELING ON A BUDGET

1. Based on the length of your stay, try to fly out on Tuesday or Wednesday.

2. Use airbnb for renting homes or rooms of users of the app or hoteltonight to find a last minute super deal from hotels - that are just looking to fill up their empty rooms on any given day.

3. For your flight & hotel: ALWAYS BUNDLE, especially when using sites like Expedia or Travelocity. They sometimes SLASH your savings by $600-$800 based on location if you use this method instead of booking them separately.

4. If you just need a rock bottom price on a flight, use the site justfly.com - the "discount" airlines like Spirit or Frontier flood these sites with crazy cheap flight prices. United Airlines now has a basic economy rate, where they only allow you one free personal item - you'd have to pay for a a carry-on, but if you can fit your weekend wardrobe in a backpack, it's worth it.

5. If you're just needing a hotel - PRICELINE has put me in four and five star hotels for crazy cheap! Use the EXPRESS DEALS, where it's a mystery what hotel you're getting (but they'll tell you the star rating and area) and be delightfully surprised.

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