Getting to an event is important. Business tips and other entrepreneurial skills taught here are priceless to help you build an empire. But for many, getting to an event can be financially difficult. As we near our Fall Regional in Kansas City, Missouri, we wanted to present a few tips to help you get to the event, especially if you’re on a budget.
These events are invaluable. These simple tips will allow you to come learn from best and brightest in the industry.
Start a Budget
Your first task before you even start booking flights or finding a hotel is to create a budget. Search the internet, and any traveling professional will tell you the same thing. When you start, think about what you are going to do and what you want to do. If you plan on staying 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 you want to eat out. Does the hotel provide free breakfast or do you have to purchase it? Hotels tend to have more expensive restaurants, so avoid the cost. Budget to help you avoid the cost of unnecessary items and stick to your daily cash allowance. This way, when you get home, you won’t be surprised.
Booking a Flight
These days, the majority of travel costs come from flights. Especially if you fly during peak days and hours, you will pay for it. So how can you cut costs on flights?
First, Tuesday’s a great day to book your flights. Specifically, around 3 PM EST. That’s when airlines open up their deals and feature the lowest prices. Traveling during off-peak times like Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday, will help you pay the lowest price as well.
Make sure you compare airfares! This is key. Don’t settle on your first price. Travelzoo is a great site that pulls from almost every single airline and allows you to view all the prices in one area.
Finally, settle on a little inconvenience. Connecting flights may take longer, but they too can save you a lot of money instead of taking a direct flight. Flights that go through larger airports (hubs) can also feature lower prices. Compare prices on airports to see if flights are less expensive. It may be worth it to fly a redeye flight, too. It’s not ideal, but there are savings with an inconvenience.
Traveling together can save money on food, lodging, and transportation. If you’re planning on going to Kansas City and are within driving distance, carpool! Split gas money, take a cooler and pack it with food, and then book a room together. As you and your team travel together, this will give you the opportunity to talk about your business ideas and how you can be successful.
Go Grocery Shopping
This may sound a tad silly, but financially speaking, it’s smart. Go on vacation or any business trip and you will see a lot of your money going to food. MoneyNing.com recommends buying groceries instead of eating out. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, snacking, whatever; they all contribute to your budget in a big way. Many hotels have a fridge and microwave. You can easily find stuff at the store for breakfast and lunch and keep them in your room.
If you took our advice and found a rental home, chances are you have a kitchen. This is almost a no-brainer as you can cook all your meals at home! Sure, it still costs money to buy groceries, but when you consider leftovers and the cost of eating out (factoring in the tip as well), you will save money.
Start Big, End Small
We aren’t talking about M3 weight-loss here. This is all about food, again. Real Simple gives advice for keeping to a budget. The experts say if you absolutely HAVE to eat out, breakfast and lunch tend to offer a cheaper eating experience for the amount of food you can get. These meals, in turn, could be your biggest meals–which give you some fantastic leftovers for dinner! You won’t spend as much on food and it will help ease financial burdens that can come with traveling.
Follow these tips, work hard, and getting to Kansas City becomes an attainable goal for you and your team. We promise you it will change you and your business forever!
We can’t wait to see you there!