7 ways to travel on a budget
Planning to venture overseas this summer? But not sure your bank balance is as enthusiastic as you, most people would travel more if they had the funds too… it tends to be the one thing that holds a lot of people back. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to be rich to travel, you just have to be slightly thriftier. Here’s a selection of ways to travel cheaply…
1. Separate it out
Booking a package holiday can be a more expensive option than booking flights, accommodation and transport separately, because you’re, normally, paying for the travel agent to package it up for you.. so booking separately can save you lots of money.
2. Airbnb it
If you’re going with a group of family or friends, Airbnb can be a much cheaper alternative than a hotel or villa, although watch out for the hidden costs like cleaning fees etc.
If you’re happy to share a room, staying in a hostel can be a fun place to stay and mean you meet lots of like-minded people, plus it’s MUCH cheaper than a hotel stay, almost always a fraction of the price. The larger the dorm room, the cheaper the stay, normally. Also hostels tend to have kitchens too, so you can cook meals in rather than eating out, which will save even more money!
4. Book flights for a weekday
Flights in the week tend to be (as you can imagine) cheaper than at the weekend… although skip departing on a Friday and returning on a Monday because those prices tend to remain high because of ‘weekend breaks’. If you’re not picky on dates, even better because a lot of search engines allow you to select a ‘cheapest flight’ option.
5. Get the low down from locals
If you speak to the locals they’ll be able to tell you the best places to go, which if they’re off the beaten track won’t be nearly as busy as the tourist-filled guided experiences. Local places will also allow you to get a more authentic time. Another thing to note is that there are lots of services that’ll connect travellers with locals who don’t mind them staying with them FOR FREE, they’ll sometimes even share meals and rides with the traveller too (how kind!)
6. Plan you money in advance
Getting your currency out at the airport is never ideal, and typically high commission, so as soon as you know you’re going on holiday, think about where to get your currency exchanged from. It’s also worth exploring currency cards (click here for more info), and working out the cheapest rates/charges.
7. Prioritise saving
If travelling is what you truly want to do, you’ll make it a priority else you’ll find other ways to spend the money. Say no to dinner out and put the money you would have spent into your travelling pot, you’ll be amazed at quickly it all adds up.
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