When someone mentions Alaska as a travel destination, one would think of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, the wilderness and stunning landscapes. All these will entice one to pack their bags and just go. After coming out of their dream-like state, people will start to think of how expensive traveling around this US state is.
The distance, the cost of transporting raw materials and food to it, and the maintenance cost of properties all make the price of living and visiting skyrocket. However, it is possible to go backpacking in beautiful Alaska and save money during your trip. Here are ways to achieve just that.
Travel during Low Season
Like many travel destinations, the peak months of June to August see the most number of visitors. During this time, prices are higher than usual, more so in places like Alaska. If you want to visit this beautiful state without breaking the bank, go during shoulder season or even winter.
This is from September onwards; during this season, accommodation and even rental prices are significantly lower. However, remember that this is still Alaska, prices tend to be higher here even during low season.
Book Flights Early or Late
One of the fastest and most convenient ways to reach this frontier destination is by plane. Deal hunters know that airlines offer discounted prices months ahead or at the last minute. If your travel dates are flexible, you can make an early purchase or wait until companies are trying to fill planes to maximize a trip.
Factor in the season as well when buying tickets. Summer is the priciest time to fly.
Rent a Vehicle
A convenient and cost-saving way to explore Alaska is to rent a vehicle and drive on your own. A lot of the interesting places in the state are far, and you might have to wait a long time for public transportation (if there’s any).
Renting a car provides you with the freedom and flexibility to go and stop wherever you please. However, gas and car rentals are relatively expensive compared to other states but is still a budget-friendly way to explore.
Drive to Alaska from another State
Some travelers that went to Alaska traveled by land from another state to save money. You can also do this if you have more time and want to go on a long road trip. This also allows you to see the beauty of the US; you’ll see the landscapes change as you move from one state to the next, and once you cross into Alaska.
Get Accommodation Months Ahead
Accommodation is one of your biggest expenses when traveling around Alaska. Hotels and hostels are usually cheaper when you book months before your trip. Doing this allows you to get lower prices for rooms compared to booking when you arrive or just days before your trip.
These are just some of the ways to save money for your Alaska escapade. You can book on your own or get tours from travel agencies. They might offer lower prices and better value for those who want a convenient and hassle-free trip.