Sometimes taking the scenic route pays off.
If you're willing to do a bit of research, you can really stretch your travel dollar (or euro, pound, yuan). British teenager Jordon Cox is the most recent example of saavy traveler after discovering that a 1,000+ mile flight from Sheffield to Berlin was actually cheaper than taking the 166-mile train trip back home to Essex. Instead of dropping the $74.52 for a train ticket, he booked a $17 flight to Germany on Ryanair, which then connected him to an airplane heading back to England.
But before jumping on that second flight, Cox spent the day exploring Berlin—still saving money after all was said and done. From the airport, Cox hopped on a train to the city center, visited the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, joined a free tour of the Reichstag Building, perused the Museum for Communication, dropped by Checkpoint Charlie, and stopped by the Holocaust Memorial. In fact, he saved nearly $12 doing so. The entire tripped put him back $63.35. But don't take our word for it; check out his video documenting the experience above.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.