Traveling is a good way to gain unique experiences, explore diverse cultures, and gain a new perspective on life. It also gives us time to just relax and escape our busy lives, even for just a moment.

However, traveling is an expensive hobby, and is often times considered a luxury. But don’t you worry, you can still travel even with a tight budget with the help of these secrets from airline insiders.

So sit back, relax, and fasten your seat belts.

  1. In preparation for the holiday season, book your flight three and a half months earlier to take advantage of the cheaper airfare.

Christmas is surely a special occasion for us Filipinos. It is the season to spend time with our families and feel the Christmas spirit together. But if you’re living abroad, flying back to the Philippines can mean spending big money on expensive airfares. The holidays, after all, are the peak season for travelling.However, You can still go home and save money by booking your flight three and a half months in advance. This is the optimum time to book for the holiday season.

  1. Sign up to airline mailing lists.

The mailing lists of airlines contain news, discount deals and even free flights. By signing up, you can be updated on  news  and promos that those who didn’t sign up may not know of. It may be annoying at times, but you’ll never know when you’ll need it.

  1. Fly indirect.

For international flights, you can save money by choosing a flight with a stopover. It may spell out longer travelling hours than the direct flight, but it will considerably cost less. Also, flights with stopovers give you the time to stretch your limbs after sitting for a long time, and to prepare yourself for more sitting on the connecting flight yet again.

  1. Mix and match flights.

You can save more money by booking flights with different airlines. Compare different airlines’ prices for the same flight dates and times to see which airline offers the cheapest price. It may be worth it to mix and match flights for maximum affordability.

  1. Fly from an alternative airport.

It may be cheaper to fly from an airport slightly further away from you. Yes, there’s an airport that is near to you, but the airfare may be more expensive. You can save a great amount of money in flying out of a different airport, despite the added expense of bus or train travel.

  1. A hotel is not the only accommodation available.

When traveling, most people assume that hotels are the only kind of accommodation available. There are many other places you can stay when travelling. Apartments, rooms in private homes, and transient houses are where travelers stay nowadays. There are many websites and apps that offer these kinds of accommodations. Just make sure to make a background check on the place you’re looking to staying in and the people you’ll be staying with.

  1. Travel with hand luggage only.

Travelling light can save loads of money by declining the additional baggage allowance. Just make sure to check the airline’s specifications of hand-carry luggage. Also, weigh your luggage before you go to the airport so that excess baggage will not be a problem.

  1. Check social media.

Follow the different airlines’ social media accounts, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for information about flights and other tips. Also, you can score deals and discounts that are exclusive to their social media followers.

  1. Be a flexible traveler.

You’ll save more money when you are a flexible traveler. You can book two one-way tickets, fly out and back in different airports, or travel on another day. The more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the more money you’ll save. You’ll be able to travel at an affordable price.

  1. Bring your own food, pillows, headphones and blankets to the flight.

You should BYO in flights because believe it or not, airlines now charge passengers for these added amenities. These extra charges could be avoided by bringing these flight accessories yourself. Aside from saving money, you’ll be sure of the quality of what you’ll be eating or using.

These money saving hacks will surely help you make the most of your trips and have fun and travel smartly without worrying running short on money. These can also help you save money for future travels.