Do you want to save money while traveling alone? It’s a common thought that travelling in groups will save you bucks. After all, you can share your travel expenses with tour packages, room accommodation, meals, and more. However, there are moments when you just want to have your own time. We got you covered. Here are a few ways your lonesome travel can fun but economical:
1. Plan Ahead
They say no one can stop people who know where they are going. So if you want to travel alone, it should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision. You can get cheap airfares by booking early. You can also prepare your budget and pay for your accommodations beforehand.
2. Schedule for off-peak seasons
You might want to travel during festivals and holidays, but it is guaranteed that you can save a lot if you schedule your trip in off-peak seasons. The demand is low, and the prices are down. Plus, less-crowded places will help in your soul-searching.
3. Watch out for deals
Of course, a well-planned trip can help you score the best deals. There will always be promo tickets, discount cards, and even free coupons. All you need is patience. By traveling on your own, you walk at your own pace. You don’t need to match your schedule to anybody else’s.
4. Travel light
You wouldn’t want to spend a lot on extra baggage. So to give allowance for any shopping goods, you should always travel light. Pack only the things you need. Don’t bring anything cumbersome. You must keep in mind that you have no one else to look out for your things except yourself, so it is always better and cheaper to travel light.
5. Bring snacks
Buying food around tourist spots is a bad idea because they always will be expensive. While you’re at your eating free breakfast at the hotel, why don’t you go grab that banana and save it for later? You can also buy bread and keep it for later. Refill your water bottles. As you will always be hungry while on tour, your packed snacks will help you save money.
6. Visit the Local Supermarket
If you can cook for yourself during the trip, it is always advisable to visit the local flea market. Although they will notice that you’re not a local, they wouldn’t increase the price of their goods.
7. Live with the locals.
Be a traveler, not a tourist. They may be virtually the same, but a traveler comes to experience how it really feels like to be in the place. So by levelling yourself with the locals, who knows you can be offered to stay with one of the kind families?
8. Use Sharing Economy
It will always be a lot cheaper to utilize travel apps like Uber, Airbnb, or CouchSurfing. While they’re cheap, these shared channels offer quality and secure services.
9. Ask questions
It will never hurt if you try to ask questions on directions. While you’re at it, you can even ask for the locals’ Wi-Fi password. Maybe they will be kind enough to share.
10. Find Free Wi-Fi
It may be expensive to spend for data overseas. But the good news is that Wi-Fi is everywhere! From your hotel complimentary internet and public libraries to local coffee shops, almost all the corners of the earth have Wi-Fi.
11. Use Messenger
Do not use SMS. If you really need to send a message to your loved ones, there are infinite messaging apps which are free with Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to spend a dime while sending an “I Miss You” message.
12. Activate international access to your ATM
Withdrawing via ATM will always be cheaper. Their conversion rates are also more reliable than the banks at the airport. Just make sure you activate your ATM’s international access to be able to use this feature.
If you’re in the market, you can haggle. You can always bargain for the goods you want.
14. Ask for an upgrade
You can ask for a free room upgrade. If not, you can always request the highest possible floor for your economic room. Most of the time, if you’re the only customer, you can score an upgrade.
15. Take it slow
You should always take the slowest mode of transportation. You are not in a hurry, so you wouldn’t mind riding the cheapest vehicles. I highly recommend this to save money while traveling alone.
There you go! It’s actually more fulfilling if you feel luxury without spending a lot. Now start planning and have the best time of your life.