QT: How to Save Money When Traveling to a Destination Race


A lot of runners have ambitions of traveling to cool places in order to run races.

It could be across the country and it could be halfway around the world, but in any event, most of us would love to chance to run a destination race at some point in the future.

One of the big hangups in doing so, however, is the cost of travel.

Airfare and hotels add up quickly, and for some of us that means that traveling to a destination race may not be in the cards.

Joining me on today’s quick tip episodes are two folks that know a thing or two about traveling to races, and doing so in ways that don’t break the bank.

Tom Leddy and Carol Valls are the co-writers of the book The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners.

If you have a destination race on your horizon, you definitely want to check out their book in order to save some money and improve your traveling/racing experience.

Ways to Save Money on Flights to a Destination Race

While flights can be a pretty heavy expense, there are ways to save a substantial amount of cash when it comes to booking your travel.

One thing you can do is not purchase your tickets too soon. Waiting until 3-5 weeks before the race date is actually the window when you are most likely to find the best price on tickets.

Another good idea is to be a bit more flexible on what days you’re traveling. But staying a day later or leaving a day earlier, you might save more on your flight than the cost of an extra night in your hotel or your Air BnB.

And if you really want to be a ninja when it comes to getting the best price on your travel, make sure you clear your cookies every time you check out flight information.

Save Money on Hotels, but Don’t Always Go the Cheapest Route

When you are looking for hotels, and especially if you’re using some of the big travel sites, make sure you are reading the fine print.

Often the advertised price isn’t what you end up paying because those sites tack on extra fees.

Also, when it comes to hotels, don’t always pick the cheapest route. Sometimes it makes more sense to spring for a slightly more expensive hotel that is located nearer the start/finish line of the race and/or the expo.

This Series Continues Next Week

Tom and Carol will be back next week to talk more about how to save money and travel smarter when it comes to destination races.

And you should definitely check out their book, The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners, for more money saving tips before your next destination race.

If you’d like Carol to help you make travel plans for your next destination race, check out her website at 2LTravel.com!


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