I really love to travel. And, of course, on a budget. Unfortunately I haven't been able to travel since the pandemic and it's really disappointing. If you want to be able to travel but aren't sure if you have the funds here are some suggestions to help you plan your trip on a budget.
Many of us are traveling on a budget. Whether you are taking a gap year, trying to see the world before you settle down, taking a long trip with your family, or just trying to save money on your yearly summer vacation, there are plenty of ways to cut costs and save cash. A tight budget certainly doesn’t have to mean that you can’t travel. It might just mean that you have to plan more carefully and prioritize more. Here’s a quick guide to help you.
Research and Planning
One of the best ways to save is to plan. Never just book anything without first taking the time to look around for better deals and cheaper prices. This goes for things like accommodation and flights, but also tickets for attractions while you are away.
Save Money on Flights
Flights are one of the easiest and fastest ways to travel. But they can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to save money.
Fly on Weekdays
Many people are forced to fly over the weekend, due to their work schedules. This means that weekend flights are more in demand, and so often more expensive. If you have flexibility, flying midweek can be much cheaper.
Fly at Night
The same applies to the times of day that we fly. Most people prefer to fly in the daytime so that their sleep schedule isn’t interrupted, but these flights are in demand and more expensive. You can often save a lot of money by flying during the night, or very early in the morning. If you can sleep while you travel, this can also help to maximize your time away from home.
If your budget is tight, shopping around is essential. Take your time to research different options, looking at providers as well as times and days. You can easily save money on airfare by taking the time to compare prices.
Many flight operators now show you prices without luggage first. Then, once you add a suitcase, the price goes up. If you can travel with just a cabin bag, you could make an easy saving. Get tips on packing light to help.
Find Affordable Accommodation
Many of us think of hotels first, but they aren’t often the cheapest option. Look at things like camping, holiday parks, hostels, and even private homes and rooms for hire, which can be more affordable.
Learn How to Budget
Perhaps the most effective way to save on anything is to budget. Work out how much you’ve got to spend, and then think about how you want to spend it. Try to include absolutely everything in your budget, including a daily allowance.
Save Big on Food and Transport at Your Destination
Food and drink are often one of our biggest expenses when we are away from home. If you can, staying somewhere that you can cook for yourself is a great way to save money. Another is eating at small, local establishments, instead of big chains.
Research Free Activities
When we’re at home, we try to make the most of free attractions, avoiding expensive and busy tourist hotspots. There’s no reason why you can’t do the same when you are traveling. Spend some time researching local free or low-cost activities and attractions to enjoy.
Embrace an Authentic Experience
Traveling on a tight budget might mean that you can’t do all the things that tourists typically do. So, don’t. Instead, enjoy an authentic experience, getting to know and enjoying time with the locals. Learn some language before you travel to make this easier.
Try to see traveling on a budget as an opportunity. It might mean that you have to make cuts, but this can actually be a great way to enjoy a more authentic experience, avoid tourist hotspots, busy hotels, and hectic flights, and make the most of your time.
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