3. Create a trip budget. Use this free web-based Travel Calculator to calculate the cost of fuel, lodging, food and more.
5. Protect yourself. When ordering tickets, make sure the sites you are using are legitimate. Once on your trip, safeguard your identity by keeping your passport, driver’s license and bank cards in a safe place away from view. Also be sure to make photocopies beforehand in case of theft. If you do become a victim of identity theft, read these tips for restoring your identity.
8. Consider alternative accommodations. Home-sharing services are increasingly popular — and in some cases, they’re cheaper than hotels. Also, hostels offer lower-priced lodging. But make sure you take the right safety precautions by researching the area beforehand and keeping an eye on your belongings.