Most celebrities and famous people have more money than the majority of people in the world, so it's only natural that they spend boatloads of money when they travel, like riding in private planes to get to their destination or sitting in first class on a commercial aircraft. But we're not here to tell you about star trips that leave you breathless and jealous. We're here to tell you about how some celebs respect a budget when they travel, such as flying in coach or going to their parents' house in the places that they count as a vacation.
So why are these celebs so frugal when they travel? Well, some worked hard to get where they are and don't want to splurge on unnecessary expenses. Keanu Reeves would rather give away his money to charity. Sarah Michelle Gellar just likes to save. Sarah Jessica Parker grew up poor and, knowing the value of a dollar, lives a thrifty life.
These celebs are just like us, which is why we feel better about ourselves--and our modest lives--when we hear that Kendall Jenner was once again spotted riding in coach. It's pretty refreshing to hear about those who make millions each year still avoid overspending, which only makes them more relatable to us. So who are these stars and in what ways do they cut costs while traveling? Well, read on, as we've given you 25 richies who totally cheap out when they travel.
25 Jennifer Lawrence
A-list star Jennifer Lawrence lives conservatively despite being worth $110 million, making her the highest paid actress, according to moneyinc.com. She held off buying an expensive house and chose to live at her parents' house while starring in the Hunger Games trilogy. And when she travels, she totally goes cheap, using her VW or Chevy Volt rather than a more expensive car like a Porsche, to get to her destination. In 2013, she told Fabulous the reason why she travels modestly: "I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it."
24 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie owns the Cirrus SR22 plane and is a licensed pilot. Brad Pitt travels by private jet whenever he brings his children with him. But when the two were together, according to People, Jolie and Pitt were always seen flying coach. For example, they flew in the coach section of Air France when they traveled from Paris to Nice, France. What's remarkable is not so much that they like to save money but rather the fact that when they travel coach, they also put all six of their children there too.
23 Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West
It's no surprise that Kim Kardashian West and hubby Kanye West travel by chartering a private plane. They find flying private easier, as they do not have to deal with the public and the paps who keep snapping photos of them as they go through security. But did you know that this power couple also travel by flying economy? It's true! According to The Daily Mail, the Wests traveled to Armenia by flying coach, for example. Photos of them in economy show them huddled uncomfortably in their seats.
22 Zac Efron
Actor Zac Efron doesn't seem to be interested in flashing his wealth. Since 2014, well past starring in the High School Musical franchise, Efron drove a humble 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. He used it every time he traveled. In a video posted on the Prizeo.com, the actor said, “This is the car I learned everything in – I learned how to drive in (it), I got my first driver’s license in (it), I got into my first car accident in (it)."He eventually gave the car away at a charity auction, according to Hollywood.com. But even when he bought a replacement car, he chose something modest, an Audi S5, which costs $52,400.
21 Blake Lively
Blake Lively chooses to fly economy rather than in first whenever she goes on trips or vacations. In fact, Lively has been spotted in economy many times, and is generous when fans want to take her picture. There was only one economy trip that she claimed was torture, according to Refinery29. While on The Tonight Show, Lively told Jimmy Fallon, “I was on a plane with my baby. . . and everywhere I look, every screen is my husband in a montage throughout the holidays with another woman. Everybody wants to watch Deadpool on the plane. Everyone!”
20 Keanu Reeves
With a net worth of $350 million, according to Bankrate, Keanu Reeves could travel anywhere and go on as many vacations as he wants. But he's famous for not spending money on himself. He uses public transportation and donates huge portions of his salaries to crew members because he thought they deserved the money more. Which is why, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Reeves once spent a morning in West Hollywood talking to a homeless man in a way that suggested they were equals and old friends. It's easy to donate to charity, but Reeves is more thoughtful. And yes, we do believe that if Reeves ever took a vacation, it would be on the cheap.
19 Amy Adams
When Amy Adams flies, she doesn't charter a private plane like other famous celebrities. Adams flies first class on an airline, but the point here is that she'll gladly sit in coach if it's for a worthy cause. That's what happened when The Newspaper reported that Adams gave her first class seat to a US soldier and opted to fly economy. She told Insider Edition,"I didn't do it for attention for myself. I did it for attention for the troops."
18 Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is all grown up now and has built an empire by selling fashion and accessories in 44 stores around the world. The heiress has shed her airhead personality that she displayed in The Simple Life and is now so mature that she only parties if she's paid "to be there" or if it's a "promotion," according to the Mirror UK. So maybe it's no shock that, after years of flying private, Hilton now chooses to fly commercial. As she said, "Whatever it takes to get where you’re going. I don’t mind going commercial … I’m normal.”
17 Kendall Jenner
Supermodel and Kardashian clan Kendall Jenner is always flying to Europe for various shoots and fashion shows, and she's always seated in coach. Even when she had to be on the runway for Paris Fashion Week, she still flew in coach. According to Refinery29, Jenner never flies in first class and has been spotted a number of times sitting in coach by fans. She's one of the only sisters who doesn't travel by private plane. Kris Jenner flies private all the time, and the funny thing about that is she was traveling to the same destination as Kendall while Kendall flew like normal people.
16 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio has spent his fortune buying a lavish estate, renting out yachts, and even owning private islands. But there's another side of Leo. He funds the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, an environmental cause dedicated to making the world as green as possible. And another side of Leo is that his vacation trips are considered very affordable in comparison to his staggering wealth. According to Cinema Blend, he goes to theme parks to relive his childhood, and to have plain old fun. His favorite destination is the Disney World in Florida. And he prefers to travel around using his Toyota Prius.
15 Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel's net worth, according to Forbes, is over $15 mill, but she only spends her money on basics like utilities and cell phone bills. Deschanel likes to travel, but she doesn't spend a lot to enjoy the place she's visiting. In fact, according to CNBC, her #1 travel activity is absolutely free: she goes on a walk. She would never waste money taking a cab to see some sites, or joining a group tour or a travel group bus. As Deschanel said, "Just taking a walk really gives you an experience of a place that if you're just in a car the whole time you're not going to get."
14 Jessica Alba
Actress Jessica Alba has made a fortune by founding Honest Company, which is now worth $1.7 billion. She's so rich that she made the Forbes list in 2016 as one of America's richest entrepreneurs. With that kind of money, it seems Alba could purchase her own private jet or fly first class. But according to Marie Claire, Alba chooses to fly economy and was recently spotted in that seating group on a trip from Los Angeles to New York City. Instead of spoiling herself, The Points Guy pointed out that she always puts her kids in first class. Now that's classy!
13 Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks, despite having a net worth of $90 mill, is so frugal that her accountants told her that she should spend more money since all she was doing was giving it away to the government, according to Insider. But Banks has always been this way. When she travels for work, she tacks on a vacation to keep costs down, according to The New York Times. When she was on America's Next Top Model, the show sent models all over the world, and this was a way for Banks to sight-see when the show wasn't shooting. She saved a ton not paying for airfare!
12 Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Actress Kristen Bell is known for cutting coupons and saving money. After all, according to CNN Business, she and Dax Shepard, had their wedding at the Beverly Hills courthouse and Shepard was proud to share that they only spent $142 on their wedding. When the couple go on vacation, they steer clear of exotic or foreign locations and instead prefer to stick to The States. That would be trips to Michigan, the couple's home state, according to Airbnb magazine. They go there every year and, with kids in tow, they do "normal" family stuff like kayaking, playing ping pong and making s'mores by a campfire.
11 Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar loves living on a budget and always cuts coupons to use at the grocery store. Recently, Gellar went to Peru to find the best chocolate for her company FoodStirs, which sells only organic, GMO-free dessert mixes and baking kits. And while she was there, Gellar used some downtime to have a vacation, according to Travel + Leisure. The actress rarely travels to far-flung places because of the cost, so Peru was perfect for her because she didn't have to spend money on the flight and the hotel since she was already there on business.
10 Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin's stint on 30 Rock and his portrayal of the leader of the US on SNL made us laugh. Baldwin may own an expensive apartment in New York City, but he's been spotted multiple times by fans and the paps flying economy. Can you believe that? We'd love to "bump" into him, especially since he travels a lot. But Baldwin is also known to not play by the rules. He has run-ins with the paps that end up in disasters and, according to Best Life, he once got kicked off a plane for refusing to put his phone away.
9 Vincent Kartheiser
When Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser was a bachelor, he lived modestly. Kartheiser lived in a 580-square-foot cabin that he bought for $547,000 in 2004, according to The Daily Mail. Kartheiser also doesn't own a car, which keeps his expenses down, like not having to buy car insurance. He travels regularly using public transportation. He told Tree Hugger, "I like that my life slows down when I go places [while riding on a public bus]." It seems safe to say that Vincent would totally cheap out if he ever traveled. He'd probably even memorize the subway or bus map in the country he's visiting.
8 Claire Danes
Claire Danes usually flies first class. But according to Marie Claire, there was one time she flew in coach. That doesn't necessarily mean she goes cheap when traveling, but rather that she was a good sport when she flew coach. That's because first class was sold out and Danes had to get home for an early call in the morning. About her flight, Danes said "I know, I know—I feel like I'm bragging now at this point. I have to go back to work tomorrow morning. I get to shower in the hotel and then I go to set—and act some more. We'll see how tomorrow's scene will be."
7 Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe also totally cheaps out when he travels. Radcliffe could've bought any expensive car he wanted, but instead, according to the Daily Mail, he chose to be conservative and bought himself a really cheap car, the Fiat Grande Punto. He had two reasons for getting the car. It's one of the top five green cars in Britain. The other reason is that Daniel likes to travel without being recognized. A friend of Radcliffe said, [A sports car] . . . draws a lot of attention to you and Daniel didn’t want this. He wants to be able to travel around the city unnoticed."
6 Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker is very much into saving money. She only dresses her kids in hand-me-downs, and even reuses things like bikes and sporting gear. She has a deep-seated fear that she'll lose her fortune because her family was very poor when she was growing up. According to The Daily Mail, SJP also doesn't go to opening nights or fancy restaurants. And she totally is a scrooge when she travels. Her last vacation was a skiing trip at a "low-key, family-friendly resort in Utah." She didn't go to celeb hotspot Park City, Utah, where it costs a fortune to stay at one of its many hotels.
5 Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank is one of Hollywood's elite. She has two Oscars and two Golden Globes for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Swank minds her money and always looks for sales because when she was growing up, her family was so poor that they lived in a trailer. It shouldn't surprise us, then, that Swank goes cheap when she travels and only does one thing. She indulges in white-water rafting in Nebraska or in different U.S. states. According to The Guardian, Swank takes "every opportunity to swap the glamorous gowns and high heels of her Hollywood life" for a simpler vacation.
4 Ashley Greene
Twilight vixen Ashley Greene travels to Turks and Caicos for vacation, and she always brings those who are close to her and whom she loves: her parents and her best friend. She enjoys the simple life there and admitted to Vanity Fair: "When I’m on vacation, I want to do nothing but relax! I find that activities like jet skiing, paddle boarding, and snorkeling are enough." But while the trip may be expensive, Greene travels cheap. She doesn't ever charter a private jet. Instead, she relies on commercial airlines and her favorite is JetBlue.
3 Katie Holmes
When Katie Holmes goes on vacation, it's not always to some private island or somewhere foreign. Being very close to her parents, Holmes' version of traveling is to visit her parents in Toledo, Ohio. And she does so often. And the getaway is pretty modest in cost. Holmes always takes her daughter Suri along and, according to Best Life, she always flies coach, not first class. And one of the things that mother and daughter do in the Midwest is to shop at the local Target before they return home. She'd be a really cheap date!
2 Caitlyn Jenner
When Caitlyn Jenner travels--either for promotions or for private vacations or getaways--she not only flies commercial but also flies coach, according to Refinery29. Most celebs who fly economy always do so incognito because they don't want to be photographed or don't want to draw attention to themselves. Jenner is the opposite. She's game when people ask to take her picture either at the airport or on the airplane. And she's also in the process of earning her pilot's license. We wonder if she'll start flying private with herself as the pilot.
1 Sharon Stone
When Sharon Stone goes on vacation, she doesn't go to ultra-exclusive travel spots like Ibiza, Belize, Monaco or Bora Bora. Rather, her destination is somewhere more affordable, Maui. It's not like we're saying Hawaii is for cheapos. You can drop major coin on this island, but the Basic Instinct star just chooses not to. And she always travels with her two children so it's a family affair. Eschewing an expensive day on a yacht or at a spa, Stone prefers to do water sports with her kids or sit by the pool and work on her watercolors, as The Daily Mail reported. Gobankingrates.com did the math, and you can copy Stone's trip for a week for an affordable $2,000.
Sources: The Daily Mail, InStyle, People, US Weekly, Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, Business Insider UK, Refinery 29, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, CNBC, Forbes, The Mirror UK, Hollywood.com, The New York Times, Tree Hugger, Marie Claire, The Points Guy