Traveling doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Save money on your vacation with these great tips from Sheri Mruz, owner of Directions Luxury Travel in Ocala, Florida.

For airfare, I strongly recommend using Kayak.com as a search tool. It has great filter features and helps you find the routing, carriers, number of layovers and costs that you want. It is not a purchasing site but will direct you to the best place to purchase your flights. Kayak even has a fare history chart, a flexible date of travel search feature and allows you to sign up for alerts to let you know when flights go on sale. Whenever possible, purchase the actual tickets directly through the carrier website. This allows for clearer communication between you and the carrier and less hassle if/when you need to make changes or ask questions about your flights.

While touring a city, take the bus. Bus transportation is so common in the cities and so inexpensive in comparison to other options. If the city you are visiting offers a Hop On – Hop Off tour option, BUY IT! This is such a wonderful way to get the lay of the land and then go back and make stops at the areas that interest you most. Many cities, New York City and Chicago included, have package deals that include entrance to many attractions as well. These are packed with value. Check out citypass.com and grayline.com for more information.

If you know for sure that you will be visiting an attraction, check out their website before your trip to see if they offer online discounts. Just be sure you are not locked in to a specific date or time frame.