Travelling and seeing the world is something that should be done by everyone who can. There is so much to see and explore, so many different cultures to immerse yourself in and so much food to try. So when you’re travelling but don’t have a big budget, how can you save money? Here are the many ways you can make travelling more affordable.
Use Apps To Find Cheaper Travel
One of the many perks of social media in our lives is that we now have apps and websites that can help us find cheaper flights than just going directly to the airline company. When picking a destination, use services like Skyscanner. Skyscanner is a website that collates together all of the flights on offer and at various times. This saves plenty of time going from airline to airline and comparing them yourself. You can change the dates if you’re flexible and increase or decrease the number of changeovers.
For some flights, tracking is useful as you may find that some dates of travel reduce or increase at different points prior to flying. Hopper is a great app that lets you save in a destination and date and then gives you an idea of whether it’s better to buy the tickets straight away or to wait for a while. It’ll also do the same for hotels, so it’s certainly worth downloading. Whenever you travel, make sure to take advantage of any air miles that might be on offer. They can end up going towards a free trip in the future.
Pick The Right Season For The Destination
Destinations can operate accordingly to the season. Some places may have down times, where it’s extremely quiet, and therefore prices might be lower. It’s always worth checking where is best to go when you want to save money. You may be surprised and end up exploring somewhere you never expected to visit.
For example, some islands in South East Asia have high season and low ones. During the low season, businesses will close to refurbish in preparation for the busy period, but that means that some hotels and other accommodation may offer cheap deals to entice tourists and not to mention all the tourist spots will be much quieter.
Being flexible can also help with saving money. From the dates you can travel to the destination, being flexible widens the net. Have a rough idea of what you want from your holiday. Do you want somewhere cold or would you prefer a hotter climate? Consider any activities you want to do and anything, in particular, you’d like to see. You might want a destination with lots of outdoor sports available or a place that’s full of historical monuments and museums to explore.
Shop Around For Cheap Accommodation
When deciding on your accommodation, it’s worth shopping around. Hostels can be much cheaper than staying in a hotel and services like Airbnb can find you a house for rent in Singapore or a Central Park apartment in New York. There are now so many opportunities to find places to stay for less. House sitting or exchanging can also be great if you know anyone within the country you’re visiting, so it’s certainly worth asking your Facebook friends if they know of anyone who’d offer their home to you for a short while.
Always be wary of deals that are too good to be true and read up on reviews and recommendations before spending your money. Accommodation out in the sticks may be cheaper, but you also have to factor in any travel costs and how easy it is to get into where you want to be exploring.
Travel Currency Options
Just like apps, there’s now plenty of travel currency options that can stretch your money a little further while you’re in a foreign country using their currency. No matter which option you use, it’s always important to take cash with you to pay for any essentials, should your debit or credit card not work while you’re abroad. A tip is always to let your bank know where you’re going before you travel. Never carry around too much cash though, keep some of it on your person and some in a safe place back at your accommodation.
Prepaid cards are great to load a specific amount of money onto so that you’re not spending too much. If you are travelling across multiple countries, you can also load different currencies onto the card which is less hassle than having it all in cash.
Talk To The Locals
Locals to the area can be a gold mine of information and insider tips to discover places you might not have found on your own. It’s always handy to learn the basics of a language when going to the country that speaks it. Not only will you feel less of a foreigner but locals are likely to have more respect for you and be willing to offer you some handy information. Strike up a conversation at a bar; you’ll never know what you might find out.
Walk As Much As Possible
It’s easy just to take the local transport that’s available, but it’s much cheaper to walk everywhere. It’s handy to have places like London or Rome where they have the underground or metro to get you from A to B quickly but when there’s so much to see and explore, it’s a lot more fun being on top and walking than it is, sitting down in an underground carriage with no views. Walk as much as possible, and you’ll save a great deal of money on travel. Sometimes it’s necessary to get public transport, but as walking is good for the body, you should be doing plenty of it. It’ll also help with working off all the food and drink you might be eating if it’s one of those holidays.
Cut Out The Three Meal Plan
For anyone who loves a big meal three times a day, this might be difficult, but it’s just so much more affordable if you cut out the meals and replace them with snacks. Grazing all day on snacks will be cheaper than paying for meals in restaurants and then having to pay for any tips or VAT that might be added. It also makes sense if you’re only in a place for a limited amount of time as sit down meals can take a lot longer. If you can’t go without, try having a brunch, snacking in the afternoon and then have an evening meal. Or try having one big meal and then snacking for the rest of the day.
Do All Of The Free Stuff Available
And finally, while you’re on holiday, take advantage of all the free stuff that’s available. Yes, a lot of things in life nowadays cost money but there are also a lot of things that don’t cost a dime. Here are just a few suggestions that you can most of the time, do for free:
- Visit a museum
- Go to the park
- Relax on a beach
- Visit a local market
- Attend a cultural event
The list is endless. Most memories can be made with no spending needed at all so definitely make time for the free stuff while travelling. Hopefully, these tips will make your future excursions a little cheaper so you can see more of what the world has to offer. So go and explore it!