Travelsavers: How To Save Money on Travel

Are you one of the many travelsavers who are always wanting to know how to save $$$ when you travel? Everyone loves a bargain flight, accommodation or a cruise and money saving tips.

Is this how your travel planning starts?

We have now been travelling since 2013 and we would like to share with you how we save $$$ on our travel:

  • Which websites we use to source the cheapest airfare
  • Which hotel websites we use to the source the cheapest accommodation
  • A special discount voucher for you when you book your first Airbnb property
  • Which Car Rental Companies that we use to compare the best deals and to book
  • What Travel App we use for travel budgeting whilst on the road
  • Eurail Passes
  • Tripadvisor
  • Local Tours
  • Travel Insurance

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There is so much information out there and so many airfare sites where do you start?

Cheap Flights

We always start our search with Google Flights for the latest deals on cheap flights.

Google Flights – our starting point, great for month views to search the cheapest day to fly. With fares from major carriers such as United Airlines to budget carriers such as Spirit Airlines.

 Skyscanner  – a great source for cheap airline tickets plus you can look at from your airport to everywhere:

If you are based in the USA or Canada click here

If you are based in the UK or Europe click here  

If you are based in Australia, New Zealand or Asia click here 

For the latest cheapest airline deals we also check out CheapOair.  Click here for their latest deals.

Specific Airlines – it is also advisable to check the airline’s website that you are considering using and check their current airfares.  Airlines run regular travel deals.

How do you compare airfares?

  1.  Look at the return airfare first
  2.  Compare prices on a one-way basis
  3.  Look at airline specific hubs
  4.  Check several airports in the area you are travelling to
  5.  Check out budget carriers such as Spirit Airlines in the USA and Air Asia throughout Asia. Ensure that you understand their baggage policy and what is included in the base airfare.


  1. Hotels Combined is our ‘go to’ website.  They source over 100 accommodation websites for the latest deals on all types of accommodation.  The website is user-friendly, we love how it compares so many sites for us to make an informed decision.

Our Special $$ off Voucher for your first booking with Airbnb


If you have not booked an Airbnb property before here is your voucher to save your  $$ off your first booking.

Car Rentals

  1. – we always compare 2 car rental companies quotes
  2. – look at different currencies and using an off-airport location for cheaper prices

Travel App for Travel Budget

  1. To keep our travel budget in check we use Trail Wallet.  Set your daily budget and off you travel.

Eurail Pass – Train Travel around Europe

You may want to consider purchasing a Eurail Pass for your travels around Europe.

To Travel Too Tip – Money Saving Tip

If you are travelling in Italy check out the regional train fares.


We use Tripadvisor daily to check out reviews on hotels, find the best restaurants as well as reviews on tours – it is our go-to resource.

If you want to check out the best restaurants in a city you are visiting we always use Tripadvisor e.g.

for the top restaurants in Sydney click our link below:

For example, if you are checking for the best value hotels in London: Click here


Local Tours

We are very happy using Get Your Guide in activities in cities that we visit.  We love their ‘best price guarantee’ which means if we find the same activity by the same local tour operator in the same currency for less they will refund the difference.  Currently they offer over 35,000 activities in over 7,600 locations.

Click here for more details.

Some examples of tours in Paris:


Travel Insurance


The best time to arrange your travel insurance is once you start paying deposits on accommodation, cruises, tours or purchasing your flights.  You are covered for cancellation from that date.  It is not advisable to leave it till the day before you travel.

If you are based in Australia click here for travel insurance deals.

If you are based outside of Australia click here for travel insurance deals.

Have a safe trip!

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  • Smart tips here. Amazing how a little legwork creates big savings. We are saving thousands and thousands of dollars house sitting through NZ for 3 months. Save this 2 week stretch of Air BnB’s, linking sits. Ditto for paying 10 bucks daily for a rental car for said 2 weeks. All other travel? Minus a bus ride or 2 and cheap flights, we use homeowner cars. I’ve only spent a few hundred bucks on gas so far, driving all over the South Island. Fabulous.


    • House sitting in stunning NZ would be wonderful. A great way to save money, live like a local and enjoy an area that you may not have visited if you were on holiday with very little time. A little planning can always reduce your travel costs. Slowing down travel also!

  • Sally says:

    Funtastic tips! Worldwide friends is my other ways for savings. For sure they showed me some interesting local’s favorite places.
    It was fun and experiencing the cultures are awesome.

  • Really Amazing Tips these are. Helpful especially for the first-time traveler. Thank you for sharing the post.


  • Liz Mays says:

    I’m really going to have to try out a few tours when I’m just starting out with international travel. The car rental comparisons should help me out too.

  • Awesome tips! I never book flights without checking rates way in advance on Skyscanner and setting alerts on Kayak. Didn’t know of any car rental agencies in Europe, let alone the cheapest options. Thank you for pointing those out in your post and also the travel insurance for Australia (always helps to get a known and tested one)!! 😀

  • Angelica Kajiwara says:

    These are all great tips. We really like vacationrentals . com too. You can compare hotels and rentals all at once. I’ll have to check out the hotel website. Thanks for the info.

  • Hey that’s some tips. I am a budget to medium traveler, and I always check for flight tickets on Google flights and skyscanner. Also, I have subscribed to many airlines’ newsletters, so that I know when they launch any sale. Insurance reg input ll come handy, I don’t hv much knowledge in this department 🙂

    • Hi Stuti
      Thanks for your comments. There is so much information out there on the internet these days, it is good to know what people are using to search for cheap flights.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Rhiannon says:

    Some great tips and resources here! A lot of them I already follow but I’ve been meaning to start using Google Flights for a while now, but keep forgetting! The EURail pass is a great tip not many people know about, but I find it only helps save money in certain countries. In Italy, for example, it was a lot cheaper for me to just pay per journey.

    • Hi Rhiannon
      Thanks for your comments. Google flights has been a great comparison tool for us. Great tip about Italy and rail fares.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Daniel says:

    As someone that traveled on a budget for so long, I have to say, this is a great list. This is a very helpful list, especially for first-time travelers. I loved the airfare-comparing tips. Thank you for sharing

  • Aryane says:

    So many good tips! I often use skyscanner but also onetravel to book my tickets.
    People think I’m rich because I travel so much but nope, I just know how to save money 🙂

    • Hi Aryane
      Thanks for your comments. I have never heard of onetravel – I will look them up. Saving money on flights is rewarding.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Martha says:

    I know I’m late to the game, but I haven’t purchased travel insurance yet for travel. I’m lucky that I’ve haven’t needed it yet, but I know I should purchase it in the future. I love your suggestion about local tours. I think that’s very important when we travel. Local guides and businesses often have the best information about the destination you’re visiting, it’s important to support them!

    • Hi Martha
      Thanks for your comments. We recommend travel insurance every time you travel, we hope you never have to claim but it is piece of mind.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

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