Travelling to exotic places dones’t always have to cost a fortune and you certainly don’t have to win the lottery to travel the whole world – not if you know how to use your pennies. We bring you a few clever tips to help you travel on a budget.
#1. Plan, plan, plan!
While making impromptu travel plans gives you a high, it also ensures that you run out of your savings. If you’re planning a holiday on a budget, the first thing to do is plan everything. Most people confuse this with planning an hour-by-hour itinerary. Instead, you need to have a clear idea of the things you will be doing and the places you want to visit. This reduces your chances of unexpected spendings.
#2. Travel Off Season
The travel industry hikes its prices during holidays, especially during school holidays. Research the best times to visit your destination and travel just after or before these days. This is also known as the ‘shoulder season’, where you’ll still have an awesome trip and it won’t break the bank. Airlines and hotels generally offer lower prices to attract more people during such times.
#3. Become Accomodation-Savvy
The best way to travel on a budget is to swap expensive hotel rooms for AirBnbs or dorm rooms. It’s almost half the price and allows you to explore like a local. In fact, most hosts also arrange tours and give insider-tips and suggestions for the best tourist spots and eateries to visit!
#4. Pack Right
The only shopping you should do from your holiday is shopping for souvenirs. Make a proper packing list to ensure that you have everything you’ll need. It’s always wise to pack a pair of jeans, a waterproof jacket and a warm hoodie no matter where you’re going.
#5. Book in Advance
Whether it’s accommodation or flights, booking them in advance is always a good idea. Not only do you get the best of the deals but you also ensure that you have a guaranteed return ticket back home. I mean, running out of money in a foreign land is never ideal…
#6. Say Yes to Public Transport
Trains and buses are cheaper than planes. We all know that, but how many of us actually travel via them? Plan your travel dates wisely. For instance, an overnight journey by train means one less night at the hotel.
#7. Don’t Eat Away Your Money
Cheap lunches are available everywhere from local fresh food markets to supermarkets. If you’re staying at an AirBnb, chances are the host will allow you to cook your own meals. If not, wander the city a little before picking the restaurant. This gives you a chance to compare the prices beforehand. Drinking alcohol with meals will add up to both your waistline as well as your wallet. Switch to water to keep yourself hydrated and your wallet loaded!
You can travel to any location on a budget if you plan properly. Make sure you research right in order to grab the best of the deals!
Author Bio: Shristi Patni
Shristi is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. She enjoys writing about Intuitive Counseling and Spiritual Mind Treatment. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook.
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