Most people will take at most one item when they travel, regardless of whether it is for business or pleasure. road tripThey’ll be searching for value this year and every year thereafter

Here are five secrets Rajiv Bhatia (head of Knights Inn, a roadside hotel chain) has shared to help you get the most from your next trip.

1. Book Your Hotel Direct. It’s always a good idea to shop around. Every day, new websites are created to assist travelers in this endeavor. While this is great for comparing offers, it’s not a good way to book directly with the hotel. You will often be offered a better rate and a lower price.

2. Car Rental Insurance: Pass it on. Check your policy instead of paying for insurance provided by car rental companies. You may be unaware of a travel clause in your policy, which can save you up to $30 per day. Don’t fret about the car you rent, and choose the smallest possible size. The smallest cars are often overbooked and sold quickly, which can lead to a free upgrade.

3. Do not pay for what is free. Spend your money on having fun and not on expensive breakfasts or hotel Internet fees. Stay with hotels that offer these amenities for no extra cost.

4. Slow down when driving on the highway. Enjoy the journey to your destination. It doesn’t pay for you to hurry. Driving more than 60 miles per hour can cost you money and gas. A car that drives more than five miles per hour can lose up to 23 percent of its fuel efficiency.

5. Brand loyalty pays. Hotels offer loyalty programs that allow travelers to earn points for their stay. These points can be used for gift cards, nights free, and other benefits. You won’t be able to earn enough points if you stay with different brands. You will see your point balance increase if you stick with just one brand or an affiliate. Do you like having options when you travel? Wyndham Rewards is the most popular hotel loyalty program, featuring 14 brands and more than 6,500 hotels.