Exploring exotic places doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you certainly don’t need to study abroad– not if you know how to keep track of your dimes. Here are some tried and tested tips to help you plan a holiday on a budget.
No destination is too expensive you just have to be creative.
Avoid Tourist Traps and Travel Out Of Season
Big cities and tourist hotspots are often a lot more expensive than straying off the beaten track! Try and choose less well-known destinations, if you can. They are often just as great and sometimes better!
Avoid trips during the school holidays, this is when the travel industry hikes up prices to take advantage of families who can only travel during these weeks.
Research the best time to visit your destination, and then travel just before or after these dates. This is called the ‘shoulder season’, where you’ll still have a great trip but it might drizzle on you a little or it might not be that hot. That’s a good thing though, right?
Hotels and airlines lower their prices to attract customers during this time.
Be Savvy When Choosing Accommodation
Trade expensive hotel suites for dorm rooms in hostels. They’re actually exciting and you get the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who might be keen to explore with you.
Other great alternatives are websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and Couchsurfing, where you simply book a spare room in a local person’s house or apartment.
It’ll halve the price and allow you an authentic snapshot of real life in the city. Consider your host your very own, personal city guide, filled with insider tips for the best places to eat and tourist spots in that neighborhood.
Last-minute deals can be exactly what you needed if you’re traveling on a budget, it’s often cheaper and less stressful!
Fly Mid-Week And Use Skyscanner To Look For Flights
Flights are more expensive during weekends because that is when the majority of people are free to travel. Try and fly between Tuesday-Thursday, if you can.
Midweek travel prices are lower as a premium is added to weekend flights and you’ll breeze through shorter lines at airport check-in desks and security. Fly economy too!
Keep in mind that Airlines ‘release’ their flight seats up to a year in advance and the closer you get to your departure date, the more the prices increase, especially during the last month.
Embrace Public Transport
Everywhere I’ve ever gone I have embraced public transportation to get too short and the farthest destination. You can save a lot of money doing this. Buses and trains are cheaper than planes. It’s that simple!
A journey on an overnight train can also mean you have one less night in a hostel to pay for.
If you have a long journey to complete as part of your trip, one way to save money is to travel overnight. You have to pay to get from A to B no matter what time of day you travel, but traveling overnight saves you the cost of accommodation for that night. Bonus: you don’t ‘waste time’ traveling during the day, so you have more time to explore!
Be A Savvy Packer
Firstly, pack light. You won’t wear half the clothes you want to take, and it’ll only cost you more in baggage to bring more than you need.
So just be sure you bring the essentials so that you don’t have to shop while you’re away and you can make room for souvenirs.
No matter where you’re heading, take at least one pair of long jeans, a warm hoodie, and a waterproof jacket for unpredictable weather incidents.
Don't Spend All Your Money On Food
It can be easy to spend your money on food. especially if you’re walking a lot. Cheap lunches can be bought in a supermarket or even a local fresh food market. I Japan the &-eleven was my spot to go to and in Spain the markets are great! Much more exciting than an overpriced cafe or restaurant.
Aim to wander around before choosing a place to eat dinner too; if you just pick the first restaurant you see you won’t know if you’re overspending.
Hostels and spare rooms often let you have access to a kitchen if you want to save a little money by cooking for yourself.
Earn While You Travel
An obvious way to save money while you’re traveling is to earn money doing it! Many hostels offer free or reduced rate accommodation if you put in a few shifts, and there’s also the option of bartending, teaching abroad, or getting a working holiday visa.
Some places are willing to give you free accommodation if you offer to do some work around the house.
You could even freelance while traveling if you’re able to work “on the go”. The opportunities are literally endless.
Go To The Cheapest Areas
Honestly, there are some places that are less expensive than others. For Example, Thailand has to be one of the least expensive places to visit.
You can get away with finding an air-conditioned room for $20 a night. Food is also $2-$5 for a good satisfying meal.
Although some of the places are crowded they are great and beautiful places to explore!
Once you’re on the other side traveling is less expensive.
Follow these tips for a fun budget-friendly holiday and enjoy your trip!
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