1. Use Skyscanner's "Everywhere" function
Flexible with your destination but not costs? Type “Everywhere” in the “To” box on Skyscanner to find flights with the lowest costs from Singapore (or anywhere else). Or you can use their Inspirational Map to, well, get inspired and find the cheapest flights to get there.
Photo: Screengrab from Skyscanner
2. Discover cheaper route alternatives on Rome2Rio
Want to go to Gibraltar but can’t afford the flight there? Rome2Rio offers you alternate routes to flying directly. It’s like using a worldwide version of gothere.sg, except you get to sniff out the most cost-friendly ways to get to your destination, be it via planes, trains, buses or ferries.
Photo: Screengrab from Rome2Rio
3. Take sleeper trains, buses or ferries if possible
Overnight trips can be a lot cheaper. It’s not the most comfortable way to sleep, but you save on a night of accommodation this way.
4. Subscribe to airline newsletters for the best deals
Don’t miss out on great airlines deals like getting an extra ticket for free when you buy the first ticket. Scoot, Jetstar and Singapore Airlines usually have flash promotions that last for less than a week, so it’s best if you subscribe to their newsletters to get firsthand details!
5. Be the first to find out about error flights (or mistake fares)
Error flights happen when there’s a glitch or a human error in air fares–there were cases of one-way flights to America costing less than S$50! Sign up for newsletters such as Secret Flying or HolidayPirates to get these type of deals delivered right to your inbox.
6. Extend a stopover
If your flights consist of a few legs of travel, extend your stopover so you can take advantage of already being in that city. Save on air fare while you see more of the world with this method.
7. Accumulate miles on your credit card
Start collecting air miles before your trip. With an air miles credit card, you can get miles while you spend locally (or overseas) that you can redeem for free flights, upgrades or even hotel stays.
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8. Compare different types of accommodation
Don’t assume Airbnb has the cheapest rates. Expedia sometimes offers amazing flight and hotel deals that give you a few nights free, making it more worthwhile to stay in a hotel than someone’s apartment.
9. Read travel blogs
Christopher Columbus explorer days are over, and there’s not a place where another human has not set foot on. Do a quick Google search for travel blogs that can help you to uncover cheaper eating hunts or affordable ways to travel within the country.
10. Google free things to do at your destination
There are always free things to do in every major city. Always do your research before your trip so you can better plan for those free museum nights!
11. Check out Groupon (or similar sites) for activity deals
Sites like Groupon offer skydiving packages for a fraction of the price. Why pay the full price to cross things off your bucket list? The only drawback is you might not get as much flexibility as you’d like.
12. Ask around
Who knows the most inexpensive things to do than the locals or other travellers who have been to where you’re going? Don’t be too shy to ask these questions; they’re usually more than happy to share what they know! If you’re not sure where to start, online forums like Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor are good places to try.
13. Seek out where the locals eat
Tourist traps are traps for a reason–they overcharge meals which aren’t necessarily good. Ask the locals about their favourite inexpensive places to dine or look out for markets or hawker places with more locals than tourists.
14. Call an Uber instead of a taxi
In some cities like Australia and even Malaysia, you pay a lot less on an Uber ride than you would with taxis. You can use your current Uber account in 68 countries and over 100 cities when you’re in need of a ride from the airport or when you can’t get a cab home after a late night out.
15. Apply for a travel-friendly credit, debit or ATM card
You’ll want to use a credit card that charges you the lowest transactional and conversion fees when you use it overseas. If you’re withdrawing money, try to get an ATM card from a bank that offers free withdrawals from its machines all around the world.
16. Withdraw local currencies (sparingly)
There are countries where the money-changers discreetly (or outrightly) rip you off in currency exchange. And bank rates aren’t as bad as you would think as well. Withdrawing money on your trip also saves you the trouble of carrying around a large sum of cash.
17. Get free travel insurance wherever possible
Most air miles credit cards automatically supply you with a travel insurance when you use it to book a trip. It’s so convenient, free, and it covers most accidents and emergencies of travel.
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Text: Jehanne Teo/Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew
“17 Genius Travel Hacks That Will Save You Serious Cash” first appeared on SingSaver.com.sg, Singapore’s #1 financial comparison platform for credit cards and personal loans.