Marina White’s Top Five Travel Tips for Adventurous Cheapskates
In The World’s Most Persistent Marathon Runner, we cover Marina White, a 27-year-old UC Irvine grad student who hasn’t won a single race. Here are her travel tips.
- Plan and Organize
Especially important when booking flights and packing, so you don’t waste money, time, and energy searching for what you forgot at your destination. Search for local deals [in advance] on that locale’s visitors’ webpage or sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.
- Except When You Shouldn’t
Sometimes the best hotel and car rental rates pop up at the last minute. Stay flexible.
- Travel in Pairs
Try to coordinate with a friend or colleague with similar plans. Traveling together is often cheaper, and each of you planning part of the trip saves time.
- Think Unconventionally
Forget the traditional round-trip airfare, hotel, car rental modes. Consider one-way airfares. Use Couchsurfing or Airbnb to stay with people who live in your chosen locale; companies such as Mega Bus often have $1 fares between cities if you book far enough ahead, or carpool to your next destination and fly home from there. You see more, it’s safe, cheap, time effective, and fun.
- Use Rewards and Mileage Cards
They’re a great way to get free stuff by making purchases you would have made anyway. Plus, you build toward free or discounted travel. Some offer great promotions to sign up.