Many articles have been written on travel but few have offered easy and practical tips on traveling on a tight budget. Who said travel has to be characterized by opulence?
Everyone you meet tells you that besides their day job, what they’d really love to do is travel. And ‘money’ is always the reason they aren’t traveling as often as their passion wants. Fortunately, traveling doesn’t have to be a costly thing especially when you know how to go about it.
You could be a college student looking for some vacation with friends over the summer or simply seeking to spend those leave days without breaking the bank.
Use these tips to make your travel remarkable and have every dollar count.
The longer you take to start planning, the more expensive everything gets – from plane tickets to reservation prices, and more likely to miss out on some enticing travel packages offered. Therefore, plan for your travel early and immediately start scouting for available deals and packages.
Check Hotel Alternatives
Fresher white sheets and an extra branded shampoo are nice but these luxuries can come at an extra cost of hundreds of dollars – money that could be used to offer more experience. With that said, you should check a reliable website to take advantage of the more pocket-friendly places in the city you’re visiting. Fortunately, Airbnbs and other services have come to offer travelers cheaper accommodation alternatives.
It could be a trip half-way around the world or a simple getaway into the countryside using a train. Regardless, be sure to stick to off-peak times especially when purchasing tickets to significantly cut the costs.
Also, traveling during the off-peak season will save you a couple of bucks. In fact, visit a trusted travel site to see the peak times of various destinations and the best days to make your bookings.
Have Price Alerts to Monitor Price Changes
Fight prices are ever-changing. They are always fluctuating leaving most travel enthusiasts with a fear of committing. The great news is, there are apps that will alert you of favorable prices to places you intend on traveling to. This is especially vital in planning ahead. As soon as the ticket prices plummet, you’re notified.
Traveling needs an open mind. A mind that is ready to explore and experience new places. This is especially vital in being able to take advantage of various pocket-friendly travel packages.
Keeping an open mind helps you have flexible travel dates ready to pack up your bags as soon as a cheaper destination proves worth it. Then, you can take advantage of a cheap destination and cheaper travel costs as well. Try it for yourself.
Search Nearby Cities and Airports As Well
Looking to spend your holiday in Paris? Rome? Miami? No matter your destination, check on more airports around. In some cases, it is way cheaper to travel to a less popular city or airport and use public means to get to the destination. However, using this will need extra research. But when the motivation is getting more for your dollars, it can be a pretty easy task.
When checking for destinations simply check out nearby airports to get more information on cost analysis.
Most airlines will charge the bags extra. Therefore, stick to the first checked bag that’s free on most airlines. Leave the bulky four-wheeled suitcase at home. Furthermore, if your travel involves visiting a few more locations, it can be cumbersome pulling a suitcase around.
Minimize Dining Out
The scenery of beachside restaurants is enticing but this adds an extra 100 bucks to your bill. Instead, you could cook some nice meals and carry it to your beach picnic. For lunch, a sandwich will save you money and the hassle of stopping at cafes.
Skip the Expensive Souvenirs
T-shirts are cute, and the shot glasses are fun. But, they accumulate unnecessary expenses to your budget and add more weight to your luggage.
Snap photos of the memories and if you have to carry a souvenir for your friends, something as simple as a shell by the beach could work.
Explore What’s Free
Every destination will have those “must-see” locations. Most of them have a fee. Plan to visit two or three of these spots and then spend the rest of your time exploring the free alternatives and soaking in the culture of the city. Parks and museums are some of the popular free spots.
Traveling on a tight budget is not so easy, but it still can be as successful. It takes the willingness to cut on expenses and meticulous planning to make the experience memorable.