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7 Money saving tips for travel

It can be difficult to plan for a vacation or trip when you are on a tight budget. However, there are ways to save money on your travel expenses, making those needed trips easier to afford. Before your next trip, keep these seven money-saving tips in mind to get the most out of your travel budget.

  • Make your own meals. One of the largest expenses when traveling is eating at restaurants for all your meals. Save money by choosing hotels that offer rooms with full or partial kitchens. Buying a few items at a grocery store to make one or two of your meals each day in your room can save you plenty.
  • Look out for hidden hotel fees. Be sure you know exactly what you will be charged when staying in a hotel. Extra fees for using the phone, or internet connection. Ask for a list of all fees before you check-in.
  • Map out the best gas fill-up stations. If you are planning a road trip, plan ahead for when you will need to refuel. Many gas stations that are conveniently located right off the interstate or highway, are also much higher in gas prices. Websites like can help you find the best gas prices that are on your route.
  • Vacation with friends. Get more out of your vacation budget by planning a trip with friends or family. Renting a vacation house for a week for two or more families versus paying for a hotel room can be a large savings; plus, you can share in food costs.
  • Collect coupons for your trip. There are plenty of coupons available for dining out, rental cars and entertainment venues. Before your trip, check out discount sites like or to find great.
  • Bring refillable water bottles. Beverages can cost a small fortune when you are on a trip. Make sure to pack a refillable water bottle that can be affordably filled versus buying over-priced water or soda every day. If you are driving, fill up a cooler with your favorite beverages before you leave home.

These little tips can save you big on travel. If you are planning a trip and need some extra money, come talk to our friendly team members at one of our many Sun Loan locations. We can help you get the money you need to make that emergency trip or even for a much needed family vacation. You can be approved for one of our convenient traditional installment loans in less than 30 minutes, getting you on your way to your holiday vacation in no time!