There is a popular quote among the travel enthusiasts – “If traveling was free, you’d never see me again!” Though it can’t be free in the reality, you can backpack more frequently by following these travel tips to save money.
People who love to explore new places are often worried about the expenses that they will have to bear. We would like to bust all the myths and tell all our fellow travelers that traveling does not always mean breaking your bank accounts. You do not have to be rich to undertake an excursion. You can visit the best parts of the world without spending a fortune, let us tell you how.
Though random trips are generally the most memorable ones, a planned trip can save you from the unnecessary and unexpected expenditures of flights, hotels and food. Whether you are planning for a domestic vacation or an international one, the following tips will definitely help you save some bucks!
Travel Tips To Save Money
1. Travel out of Season and Pack Well
Before you begin the planning of your vacation, choose a cheaper destination and an off-season time to travel. To grab the best deal on your flight and accommodation deals, avoid traveling during school holidays and festivals like Christmas and New Year. Also, do not forget to pack everything that you would need so you do not spend extra money on buying the basics in a foreign country. But do not pack excess either as you may have to pay the extra baggage charges at the airport.
2. Book the Cheapest Flights
To save the most on your transportation, use the ticket comparison websites like skyscanner and book your return flight tickets at least 2-3 months in advance. Always look for economy class tickets in a budget airline and plan for a weekday travel. Tickets on weekdays are much cheaper than those on the weekends. If yours is a short trip, book a hand luggage only ticket and save about 20% of your ticket cost. You may opt for not flying directly but hop on to a nearby airport to save some more money on flights.
3. Look for Pocket-Friendly Accommodations
With websites like Airbnb and Couchsurfing, you can easily occupy a spare room in a local resident’s apartment and refrain from spending on the overpriced hotels. You may also book dorms in the hostels or sleep in your own tents as well. If you have a friend or a family member in the country, don’t hesitate to ask them if you could stay with them for a few days. Always use the incognito window to pay for your final bookings as websites generally show higher prices on repetitive searches and this is the best way to only pay what’s fair.
4. Budgeting and No-Fee Cards
Budgeting is definitely a boring task but it is very important to keep a track of your daily expenses. This makes it easy to plan the next day of your itinerary or enjoy an extra drink if the expenditure is well within the budget. Many banks offer a rewards program and you must make good use of it. Make sure to carry only the international no-fee credit and debit cards so that you do not have to pay any transaction fees or ATM access fee. Never exchange your currency at the airports, they offer one of the cheapest exchange rates.
5. Ditch the taxi and eat local food
Once at your destination, pledge not to use taxis as they are the most expensive mode of local travel. Instead, opt for public modes like buses and trains for local transit. You can also save heavily by eating like a local, relishing the street food, shopping from supermarkets and cooking yourself thus avoiding paying heavy bills at the expensive cafés and restaurants.
6. Earn while You Travel
Working vacations are the best where you continue to earn money while holidaying. If your regular job does not allow you to travel, you may make money by teaching skiing in winters or scuba diving at the beach destinations. You may also look for online freelance work and continue earning money while traveling. How about starting your own travel blog where you not only share your own experiences but also monetize it with advertisements and affiliate marketing.
7. Travel Insurance
Last but not the least, do not forget to insure your trip by buying a travel insurance. You would always want that nothing goes wrong on your trip but if at all it does, you do not spend an extra penny and the travel insurance keeps you safe and secure. It safeguards you from any unforeseen circumstances like canceled flights, being robbed or falling sick in an unknown territory.
The golden rule of travel is to always ask for a discount because if you will never ask, the answer will always be a no. Ask for the best prices and available deals, and do not hesitate to ask for upgrades in flights and hotels if it doesn’t cost you any money.
These are just a few ways to plan a budget vacation if you have more travel tips to save money or your own experiences to share, do let us know in the comments below. I would love to know them.