Travelling the world and seeing new places is something that makes a lot of people happy. However, travelling can often seem like a financial nightmare for many consumers. From the cost of transportation, food, lodging, and tickets to all those attractions you want to see, the cost of your vacation is bound to be sky-high. And if you are travelling with family, the cost will multiply and can result in high credit card debt. So, we thought it would be best to share some tips with you on how to travel on a budget.
Tips to travel on a budget
Planning is the main thing when it comes to travel. If you can sort out your work and plan your leave early, the best thing is to plan for your vacation as early as possible. Make sure you book your travel tickets in advance. Last minute travel is typically more expensive.
Check fares regularly and use comparison websites to ensure you get the best rate for your mode of transportation & accommodation. Depending on where you are travelling, you can consider sleeper trains to combine your travel and accommodation costs. If you are travelling in a group look for vacation homes or condo rentals. This way you can have your own private space to relax and can save a lot of money on accommodations and even food as you can make some of your meals.
Plan to travel light. If you must take a plane to get to your vacation destination, baggage can cost you a lot of money (at least $25 per piece of luggage). So pack light and avoid unnecessary expenses right at the start of your trip.
Your accommodation does not necessarily have to be first class if you are just looking for a place to sleep. A simple search online can give you a lists of any hostels or cheaper accommodation options such as B&B’s around your travel destination. Whichever choice you make, ensure you take enough time to read reviews and compare rates before going ahead with your booking. If you have friends or family in the area, you can ask about staying with them to save a little on your accommodation.
Plan and set a travel spending budget. Once you have an idea of where you want to go, where you want to stay and how you want to go, set a travel spending budget. Once you are on your vacation make sure you keep track of your expenses and try to avoid impulse adventure or indulgence.
Go prepared. Opt for the combination passes for attractions and book ahead of time for better discounted prices. See if your bank, employer, or university offers discounts for museums, national parks, or any other attractions and plan to make use of those to cut down your vacation cost.
Plan your meals. Figure out where you will be and eat before you actually go out. Have some fruit, cup noodles, bread, granola bars, cookies, and other snacks handy in your backpack. Try to avoid touristy restaurants and go for the ones that are filled with locals, which probably serve better food for less money.
Above are only a few tips you can adopt for your next trip if you are looking to travel on a budget. Share your thoughts with us if you think you find these tips useful. We hope you think twice before you plan your next vacation so that you can have the most fun without breaking your bank.