How to Cut Costs for Your Next Destination Event

Travel costs can add up when planning for your destination race, but it's possible to stick to your race calendar without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips you can use to keep travel plans within budget:

Register Early

The closer you get to race day, the more expensive your registration fee will be. Sign up for your event in advance to save money--and to secure your spot before the race fills up. Sign up for the monthly Active newsletters in your sport, which often include coupon codes for upcoming races. The extra cash you save--no matter how small--can help with other travel expenses.

You may want to consider reworking your race calendar, although you should weigh the pros and cons before cutting back your race plans.

"Don't automatically eliminate the race that will require the most expensive trip," running coach and journalist Matt Fitzgerald said. "First, consider cutting the less important race. It will probably still save you plenty of money. But by keeping the most meaningful event on your calendar, you will feel less deprived and enjoy the sport more despite the recession."

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Fly Smart

Do your homework. Finding a cheap flight can take some time, but many websites do the price comparisons for you. Some airline companies hand the savings out to consumers directly. Southwest Airlines has a special offers web page with its latest deals. Check back often to see if your destination city is on the list of cheap fares.

Some races partner with an official airline carrier and offer cheap group rates for flights. There is usually limited space, so be aware of booking deadlines and restrictions. Visit your race's website or contact your event organizers for availability and information.

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