Here are 14 ways to keep money in your pocket while traveling:
Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so, did you know you have access to Amazon Prime Now, a free two-hour delivery service available in 27 major metro areas in the US? You can get groceries, health and beauty items, and even vacuums if you want!
Forget to pack a couple items or want to save money by cooking? Get it delivered to your hotel! This is your best bet to save time and money. You also get free one-hour delivery from participating restaurants.
Not an Amazon Prime member? Register now–you won’t regret it.
Tourist attractions can certainly take a toll on your wallet, but not anymore with CityPASS. CityPASS bundles tourist attractions (normally 4-5) in 12 participating cities to give you one overall, discounted deal. If hitting up tourist attractions is your thing, you’ll save 40-55%, depending on the city. Not bad–not bad at all.
You probably have your favorite happy hour spots where you live, but how are you supposed to find them when you travel? Untappd, my friends. Download the app, enter your location, and Untappd will show you locations that provide happy hour. It’ll show you the time frame, beverage deals, and food deals.
Rainy day or have some downtime? Get access to your favorite TV shows with an Amazon Fire TV Stick. This device plugs into any TV’s HDMI port which enables you to watch Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Spotify and much more (through Wi-Fi)!
And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, don’t forget you get free access to Amazon Video and over one million songs with Prime Music.
It’s hard to come by free Wi-Fi in hotels these days, sadly. There are many different apps that claim to find Wi-Fi hotspots, but WifiMapper is one of the best (and free). It has the largest database of Wi-Fi hotspots all over the world that are free and paid (you can segment these within the app). It also allows you and others to comment on each Wi-Fi hotspot so you can see if it’s working or not.
Know restaurants you want to try ahead of time? Or want to find one last minute with a deal? Try Restaurant.com! They’ll show you restaurants closest to your zip code that offer super cheap gift cards. Get a $25 gift card for $10, a $50 gift card for $20…you get the gist.
The offers vary depending on the individual restaurant, but there is usually a minimum spend amount in order to use the gift card. If you were to buy a $25 gift card for $10, your minimum spend amount would most likely be $50.
There’s nothing more frustrating than splitting up a tab with multiple people, am I right? Not anymore, thanks to Venmo. Download Venmo to your phone, add your friends, and you’ll be able to transfer money back and forth when you owe one another.
It’s basically the new, hip PayPal. The main difference? There are no transaction fees for debit card transactions with Venmo, compared to PayPal, which charges a 2.9% fee. The only fee Venmo charges is 3% for credit card transactions.
Everyone knows about and uses Groupon, but a lot of people overlook the fact you can use it when you travel! You can save on restaurants, activities, and tourist attractions.
When you search a particular city, narrow it down by ‘Things to Do’ and ‘Food & Drink,’ and you’ll also be able to select specific parts of cities you’ll be in or want to explore.
9. Kids Eat Free
Have kids on the road with you? Then you NEED to download the Kids Eat Free app (Available for iOS and Android). This app shows you restaurants within your zip code where kids get to eat for free, and it’ll also show you any current specials for kids.
Users are able to add comments to restaurants with deals they’ve found and also verify that they work. This app alone will save you a good chunk of change on your next vacation.
Tip: If you don’t feel like downloading the app, check out this list of restaurants where kids can eat free!
10. Transit App
Cabs can start to add up (even Uber and Lyft), so if you’re in a city that has reliable public transportation or other options to get around, your best bet is using Transit App.
The app (available for iOS and Android) will find you bus, subway, and train routes—and bike and car shares you can use. It will even show you when they’re departing, any disruptions in the route, and it will alert you when your stop is coming up! A pretty nifty tool for travel.
Renting cars can certainly cost you a good penny, but thanks to Turo, you can rent cars for your trip on the cheap. And by cheap, we mean like $20-$30 per day.
On Turo, people list their cars with a cost-per-day (very similar to Airbnb). You can request a car by city, for a specific time frame, and the lister is required to respond within eight hours. You can arrange a meeting place to get the car, or they’ll deliver it to you.
We did a quick search in the Philadelphia area and saw we could rent a Volkswagen Jetta for as low as $23! Compared to a search at Hertz, we wound up with a $98 per day rate. How crazy is that?
Need to find parking? The BestParking app will show you parking locations on a map with their daily pricing. It’s super easy to see where the location is and to find the lowest price. If you’re going to a major city like NYC, this will save you.
13. Field Trip
Not into touristy things? Then you need to download Field Trip right now. Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower? No way. This app gives you insider knowledge on architecture and tons of history. It will give you a description of the history you can read or listen to, and it will also notify you on your phone as you pass by these spots!
I can’t even remember the last time I took a cab because of Uber and Lyft—services that are significantly cheaper. All you have to do is download the app to your phone, link your credit card, and you’ll be able to request rides anywhere (like to and from airports).
You can even split fares with other members who are riding with you! And don’t forget to refer your family or friends you’re traveling with, as new members get $20 in credits!