While traveling can be a priceless experience, it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Fortunately, you can take steps to save on everything from transport to accommodations, and from food to souvenirs. Here are some helpful tips to make your priceless travelling a little more affordable:
1. Find cheaper accommodations
Experts usually say that accommodations during travel should be about 33% of your trip. But that’s usually for a standard hotel. You can save a small fortune on accommodations by choosing other options. Campsites are much more affordable, whether you use a tent or camper. Besides being cheaper, they’ll make the travel experience more genuine. Also, instead of checking into a hotel, less expensive options include hostels, bed & breakfasts, and pension houses. As a word of caution, make sure that your accommodation is still clean, comfy, and safe. For example, staying in a roach motel isn’t worth the money you’d save.
2. Travel during the off-season
This is one of the best ways to save money on your traveling. You can save on a wide array of things, such as transportation, accommodation, and entrance fees, and so on. There are a few potential drawbacks of this approach, such as a higher chance of inclement weather, certain attractions not being open, and so on. However, the benefits arguably make it worthwhile. You’ll be able to enjoy lower rates, shorter lines, and smaller crowds.
3. Choose a location less traveled
Even if you travel to an “expensive country,” you can find pockets where you can save much money on everything from accommodations to souvenirs. This is even true when traveling to large cities, such as capitals. Just do your homework before your trip, to learn where you can enjoy cheaper travel.
4. Eat cheap
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t enjoy healthy and interesting cuisine. In fact, local cuisine itself usually isn’t expensive. What makes it expensive is when the prices are jacked up in tourist areas. It’s basically a supply and demand issue—but you don’t have to play the game. Local restaurants can help you to save a small fortune on food, while still allowing you to enjoy the various local tastes. If you want to save even more on meals, pack a picnic or cook in your lodging if a kitchen is available. Then it’ll be easier to splurge on your last meal at a fancy restaurant.
5. Use cheaper transport
By definition, travelling is going to require some—well, travelling. If you want to save on your transport, you’ll need to know how. Consider booking your ticket in advance, whether you’ll be traveling by plane, train, or boat. This can allow you to save substantially on your transport costs. The earlier you reserve your ticket, the better.
Travel Budgets: How much will you need?
Once you get to your destination, consider options such as one-day subway or bus passes. You’ll likely need to take multiple trips during the day, so in the long run buying a day pass will help you to save some big bucks.
Now that you have an idea on how to save money while enjoying your travel. You can now plan your whole journey ahead of time. The best way to save money on transport is to not use it at all! If you have kids, walking long distances might be a problem. You can solve it by using a combination of public transportation and walking. Besides saving money, walking allows you to experience a particular city better, and besides that—it’s good exercise and you should try it too!