Travel can be expensive Here, from our sister site, Living on the Cheap, are some tips to cut costs. 1. Before you go, order a visitors guide from the state tourism board or convention and visitors bureau of the place you will be visiting. Often the guide will have money-saving coupons to local attractions, accommodations and even restaurants. Also check out the agency’s website, where you may find printable coupons. 2. Ask the locals. The hotel desk clerk may know which attactions have FREE days, or where you can get a good meal for a good price. 3. Get out early. Some attractions offer early birds free or reduced price admission. It’s also cooler that time of day. 4. Whether you’re driving to your destination or renting a car after you get there, gas can be a budget-buster. Use Gas Buddy to find the lowest prices wherever you are. 5. If prices are similar, choose a hotel that offers a good breakfast, and eat up. If the meal is substantial, call it brunch and skip lunch. On days you leave the hotel early or go light on breakfast, consider making lunch your major meal. Lunch prices are often a lot cheaper than dinner prices at the same restaurant, and you get the same ambiance. Go easy on drinks. Alcoholic beverages can really run up your dinner tab. Opt for water. Not only is it healthier — it’s usually free.