3. Consider the Off-Season
Work schedules and school calendars may limit your ability to travel for most of the year, but when you are able to hit the road, broaden your destination options to include those in their off-season. Sure, you may need to bring an extra jacket or raingear, but you can save a bundle of money on hotels and travel plans while avoiding the biggest crowds by considering Europe in December, the mountains just after ski season, or the Caribbean on a September long weekend – just to name a few. Bonus: With fewer tourists in town, you’ll have an easier time chatting up the locals for their thoughts on the best restaurants and other can’t-miss local spots.