Surplus: It may have fallen out of fashion, but shopping at military surplus stores is still a great way to get a superior value for certain goods. Camping gear, extreme-weather clothing and even emergency medical supplies can all be found at such establishments.
Layovers: While most travelers research savings opportunities for their final destination, many overlook the fact that airlines allow ticket holders to stop and spend time in their layover city at no extra charge. Budgetnista Tiffany Aliche, best-selling author of “The One Week Budget,” sees this as a chance to see two destinations for the price of a single airline ticket. The Budgetnista put this tip to the test herself when traveling to Costa Rica with friends. Since their tickets had them stopping in Panama for a time, they took it as a sign. Says Aliche, “My friends and I purposefully extended our stay there to explore the beautiful country and go to the Panama Canal.”
Discounts: Aliche also advises staying in school, even if it’s just a course or two at a time. It may be an old-fashioned budget tip, but many countries in Europe and elsewhere still offer steep savings to those carrying a student identification card. Museums, historic attractions and other sought-after travel experiences can cost significantly less if you just remember to put yours in your pocket along with your passport.