When it comes to family weddings, you’ll go anywhere to be a part of a couple’s special day. Depending on the couple’s plans this can sometimes mean you’ll be travelling quite a distance to be a part of that special event. Traveling often comes with a host of expenses.
The following is a guide to help you attend that special day for as little as possible, because being able to attend your loved one’s special occasions shouldn’t have to be a financial burden. Take a look at these five tips to learn ways you can save while traveling to a wedding.
Tip 1: Start Ticket Shopping ASAP
First, look for travel options as soon as you learn the wedding date. This is especially helpful when you need to purchase a plane or train ticket for the wedding because then you have ample time to browse ticket prices. Don’t just visit the websites of your favorite airlines either. Check out discount flight sites like Travelocity, Expedia, Kayak, or Cheap Flights. If there are deals to be had, they’ll be on these discount ticket websites.
It’s also a good idea to check ticket prices on different days of the week because prices will go up and down depending on the day. Some people even say that Tuesdays are the best day to check tickets because prices often go down right after the weekend.
Tip 2: Carpool When You Can
Second, if the wedding location is close enough, consider the price of carpooling. Five people paying for the gas of a fuel-efficient sedan can often go a distance of three to six hundred miles for much cheaper than the price of a plane ticket. That’s even considering it’s a round trip car ride. You’ll have to spend a bit of extra time on the road, but you’ll save money in the long run.
Not only that, but family members passing through can often offer you a ride for free. It’s always polite to offer to help pay for gas, but even if you give them gas money, riding along with family members can often be cheaper. Road tripping for the wedding with fellow family members can also allow you to catch up with loved ones you haven’t seen in awhile. But basically, whenever you’re traveling, it’s always a good idea to plan early and to plan cheaper options.
Tip 3: Pack Your Own Food
Third, pack your own food! It’s easy to be pressured to spend lots of money on eating out whenever you get to a new city and want to spend quality time with friends and family through eating together. You can always budget for eating out with your loved ones during celebratory times like weddings, but you can also pack a lot of foods to keep you from needing to eat out for all your meals while you’re traveling. You can pack granola bars, sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, fruits, crackers, string cheese, trail mix, and cut up vegetables. There are lots of travel food ideas you can use to keep yourself healthy and nourished while you travel without breaking the bank.
If you avoid eating out as much as possible you’ll save between $10 and $20 per person, per meal. After a three day weekend, that can mean saving yourself between $30 and $80, depending on the eating habits of your family.
Tip 4: Choose Gift Cards Over Gifts
Fourth, remember that the wedding gift is a lovely donation to a newly married couple. But if you have to travel a long way for the wedding, and possibly pay for your outfit for the wedding, then paying for an expensively fancy wedding gift can be difficult. That’s why wedding registries can be extremely helpful because the couple will have lots of gift ideas for you to choose from, making it easier for you to find a gift you can afford.
Another great wedding gift idea for wedding guests who are on a strict budget is to give them a gift card. Putting some money on a useful gift card can be much less expensive than some actual gift items. You can also pool your money together with others to buy the couple a more expensive gift without having to pay for the whole gift on your own.
Tip 5: Share Hotel Rooms
Finally, consider looking into sharing more than just a car as you arrive in the city. Share a hotel room too! You may not get the privacy that you’re hoping for, but you can at least save a little money for a few nights on your sleeping accommodations. Consider who you could room with, where you could go for a cheap hotel room, and work out a rooming situation that can get you through the wedding without spending full price all by yourself for your hotel accommodations that weekend.
Traveling to a wedding doesn’t have to be as extravagant as the wedding itself. You don’t need the most expensive form of travel. You don’t need to eat out every day of the weekend. You also don’t need to spend your whole wedding travel budget on the wedding gift.
If you have financial concerns, don’t be ashamed of keeping to a tight budget. After all, it’s the celebration of a couple’s love that this even should be all about anyway. That said, don’t be afraid to use a payday loan so you can reserve a cheaper ticket.