People from all over the country and all walks of life are discovering the incredible opportunity to join Modere as a Social Marketer—just like you. To support this momentum, we’re hosting our regional events throughout the year in different venues across the U.S.
These immersive weekends are jam-packed with presentations, inspiration, and even epic after-parties. But more importantly, they’re designed to give you the tools you need to ignite your business and accomplish your goals.
If you’re in a financial quandary and trying to figure out how you’re going to get to the next event, don’t give up!
We’ve gathered these simple tips to help you make the most of your travel budget, so you can experience a life-changing regional event.
Start a Budget
All travel budgets start somewhere. Before you start booking flights or researching a hotel, your first task is to create a budget.
Think about what you want to accomplish during your trip. If you plan on staying at the event destination a few days later, or want to arrive a few days early to explore the city, a budget comes in useful.
Focus on things like: How often will you want to eat out? What will travel entail? Do you want to see any sites outside of the event? Does the hotel provide free breakfast or do you have to purchase it?
Onsite restaurants at hotels tend to be more expensive, so avoid the cost and consider more affordable alternatives. Use your budget creatively to help you hurdle unnecessary items and stick to your daily cash allowance. This way, you won’t be surprised at the end of the trip.
Booking a Flight
If you look at the pricing trends in airfare, you’ll see that costs aren’t going down. It can throw a wrench into even the most well-thought-out travel plans. There are ways to ease the burden of the most expensive part of the trip, though.
Tuesday is the best day to book your flights, specifically around 3 PM EST. That’s when many airlines open up their deals and feature their lowest prices.
If you can afford an extra day here or there, book your travel for off-peak days like Wednesday to get the lowest price possible, or take a red-eye flight for instant savings—as long as you don’t mind losing a little sleep.
Make sure you compare airfares! This is key. Don’t settle for the first price you see. Travelzoo.com is a handy site that pulls flight information from almost every single airline and allows you to view and compare all the prices at once.
Finally, settle for a little inconvenience. Connecting flights take longer, but they can save you a bundle over the cost of a direct flight. Flights that route through larger airports (hubs) can also feature lower prices.
Although you might have to make some compromises, the savings may outweigh the inconvenience.
Traveling in company can save money on food, lodging and transportation. If you’re planning to travel to Minneapolis with your team, carpool!
You can split gas money, take a cooler for your food and book a room together. On top of saving money, you’ll have opportunities to talk about the business, share ideas and build stronger relationships.
Go Grocery Shopping
Grocery shopping on a business trip? It may sound weird, but stay with us.
During any travel, meals and snacks tend to add up and can easily consume most of your budget. Sites like MoneyNing.com recommend buying groceries instead of eating out.
Many hotel rooms have a fridge and microwave so you can easily store and prepare food from the grocery store.
If you’ve booked a vacation rental or AirBNB, chances are there will be a kitchen. You can cook your meals just like at home! When you consider leftovers versus the cost of eating out (factoring in server tips as well), it’s a no-brainer.
That’s not to say you won’t have to spend any money on food. Go out for a meal or two. Have fun with the team, but at the end of it all, stick to your budget and it will be that much easier to stretch your dollars so you can participate in an event.
We promise, it will change you and your business forever.