In a previous post, we shared some ideas about how to pack for a hassle-free trip. Today, we like to share some tips tot travel on a budget and save money on a trip.
Many people think that traveling is expensive. In fact, a study featured in the New York Post cites that 76% of 2,000 Americans say they can’t afford to travel. However, an expanding number of travel bloggers prove that this belief about traveling isn’t entirely true.
Do you want to learn the secret of these travel bloggers? Here are some of their foolproof money-saving tips:
Look for cheap flights
Use flight search websites to look for the cheapest flights available for your chosen destination. Websites as such will give you access to a wide range of prices offered by different airlines worldwide. Compare ticket prices and pick out the one that you’re most comfortable with.
Also, book your flight at the right time to get the best deals. According to a study, booking your flight 49 days (7 weeks) prior to the departure date will give you the best price for domestic flights. While it is 81 days or around 11 to 12 weeks for international flights. The same study also found that booking 14 weeks before holidays or peak seasons can circumvent the price surge during those times.
Moreover, take advantage of free flights from the points you’ve earned from using your credit card. If you don’t have enough, you can also look for promos wherein airlines offer plane tickets at a discounted price.
Avoid squeezing in many too destinations into one trip. You might think this is time-efficient, but taking too many flights, bus trips, or train rides will only exhaust your funds more quickly. Instead, allow yourself to be immersed in the experience of being in a foreign place. Take time to explore and learn more about the culture of the locals.
If you have luggage to along with you, there are luggage storage services available in some cities. This storage service allows you to store your luggage in a local shop, hotel, or café at a cheap hourly rate while you wander around the city.
If possible, opt for rented apartments over hotel accommodations especially when you’re traveling in a group. There are several websites like Airbnb where you can find apartment rentals in your chosen destination. You will get a bigger space and a kitchen so you can cook your own food.
There are also other accommodation options you can get for free. One alternative is doing something for a host in exchange for free accommodation. You can volunteer to do small chores in hostels, cafes, or farms. This will not only give you free accommodation but also a rare experience with life abroad.
Explore on foot
One of the foolproof ways to travel on a budget and save money on a trip is by walking. You’ll get the most out of your experience in a foreign land by wandering around on foot. You’ll get to mingle with the locals, talk to them, or just simply observe them. But most important of all, walking is free!
Contrary to popular belief, traveling doesn’t really need to be expensive, nor is it something exclusive only for the rich. There are ways to get cheap flights and accommodations if you only know where to look.
Just plan well and take these tips to heart, and you’re sure to have that travel experience of a lifetime!