If you are traveling to an expensive city and wondering how to cut back on expenses without feeling like you are a backpacker.. no offense to any backpackers.. I’ve done that a few years ago but I dont have the capability of traveling with a backpack anymore on my shoulder as i will suffer with back pains!!!
So that being said, here is a recent advise i have on my recent trip to San Francisco.
We always wanted to visit this beautiful city yet did not know how expensive it is until we started looking for a hotel there for 3 nights….
I was shocked… a 1 stars hotel that looks so horrible i would be worried how the room looks like, its about $250/night…
That was shocking and it deterred me in a way. I know SF is a nice city, but is it really worth that price and not only at that price, but the hotel was shady…
Well, heres what we did:
1. Look at airbnb.com and any other apartment rental site. We found an amazing apartment in the heart of SF at $160/night. We were pretty much close to everything.
2. Since we picked a strategic location apartment, we walked to most places and it was actually really nice as we got to see the city and the different houses and neighborhoods. If you dont want to walk, the subway system is always an option and so is the Uber taxi rides.
3. Always look online prior to arriving for deals on day trips and passes. We purchased the SF Go Card and we got in to most all attractions for a one time fee of $80. This price even included a wine tour which usually goes for $99 a person. It also included a bus hop on and off which served us good by saving on travel time around the city.
4. If you want to save even more money, you could buy some food from the local stores and just make sandwiches and breakfast to save on some money during the day and perhaps keep the nice food for dinner.
If i can give one advice to ALL travelers it would be this…
Always check what the local city has to offer you in online prior to going since this is where you will find most of the deals and savings.
Keep looking into my recent articles to get the most out of your traveling and transportation.
I do understand that some people have kids and family and cant walk around, but most of costs when traveling come from hotels and ticket… so once you rent an apartment, half your costs of hotels is reduced, the apartment is more cozy than a hotel and you get to save on food if you want to purchase some food for the family for morning breakfast.
I would though always recommend experiencing the local restaurants as you are on a vacation and eating our is part of the whole experience 🙂