Updated: Aug 31, 2019
Domestic travel, easy and sometimes almost affordable ways to travel and explore your neighborhood without breaking the bank, you just have to be smart about how and when you want to travel, become flexible with your time and you’ll be able to knock some places off of your list.
Because of this, I’ve been able to travel around the United States inexpensively, or close to it while following a couple of these hacks. Below, I’m going to share with you some of my hacks and tricks that are helping me get around the country.
Depending on where you’re looking to travel to, you have to have a mode of transportation. Whether that may be, driving, flying, bus or rail, you need a way to get there. As a solo traveler, that doesn’t drive my methods limit me to plane, bus or rail.
Download apps on your phone such Hopper or Wanderu, these apps will keep you up to date with the latest, cheapest and most up to date prices on when it’s best to travel.
Hopper will allow you to track flights and predict when prices are going to increase and it will even tell you when’s the best time to book. It’s important to know if you have a destination in mind, but not necessarily the time frame to go, you’re allowed to insert the destination and Hopper will generate the bests times to travel throughout the year.
Wanderu helps with buses and rails, to get the cheapest prices, especially if you’re booking a couple of months out, compare this by actually going to the vendor website themselves and you’ll be looking at almost double the price for the same exact trip.
Hotels are something I would recommend if you’re traveling with a group of people and you can’t find an Airbnb to suit all of you, also, if you’re planning to travel alone and you’re not comfortable with an Airbnb or jus unfamiliar with the city/town, hotels are the best way to go and stay in the downtown areas of the city are usually the safest (in my opinion.)
Depending on how often you travel, using an app like hotels .com can be helpful in saving and getting the best prices off of your stay and after the 10th qualified booking, you gain a free booking for a night stay.
Airbnb's are great for more longer term travels because you can stay in a room for the same amount of money as a hotel or less for a longer amount of time which is better a bang for your buck. The downside, you might be in a house with the owner or several strangers and if that’s not your thing, then an Airbnb might not be the best for you.
Or couch-surfing aka staying with a friend. I’ve been to places where I had friends in cities and I’ve just decided to stay with them, free lodging and that keeps more money in your pocket for activities, food, etc. Ask your friends and even your IG friends as well. Surfing is surfing.
Also, depending on how long you’re traveling for, don’t be afraid to take a day trip to a city that’s nearby your home location. This will help save on lodging and ticket prices.
There are plenty of ways to get around that doesn't require renting a car for the duration of your stay. Depending on how long your travel plans are, car renting can become pretty costly and that's the opposite of what we're trying to do.
If you’re anything like me, I’m not afraid to use my legs, no matter the distance, which means I like to walk. It’s a hands-on approach of getting a view of the city and it’s easier to peel off any path you might be following throughout the day.
If you’re not a walker, the local metro system is your next and cheapest bet. Getting from one place to another using the metro systems can be a little tricky especially if you’re not familiar so you might get lost, but some places like New York City have a set fair of $3 to get you anywhere from point A to B throughout the five boroughs. Other places like D.C. have a distance system where the further you go the more you pay, so be careful.
And if neither of those is your thing, you can opt for the taxi/Uber/Lyft service. A little pricier than the options mentioned above, can get you from point A to B easily without the hassle, but a faster view of the city you’re visiting, if this is your option, opt for Uber pool or Lyft line to save a little extra.
Those are my tips for traveling domestically on a budget! Where is your next travel destination?