Travelling is both a wonderful and stress-inducing activity.
While dreaming about elegant cities and experiencing activities you’ve always dreamed of doing fills your heart with excitement and wonder, planning how to get there and getting back can be tricky, especially when you’re on a tight budget.
What most people don’t realize is that there’s always a trick around those intimidating price tags. Small tricks that you can adjust to so you can travel to more cities while spending less.
Find Cheap Flights
First and foremost, you must figure out how you’re going to get there. Most of the time, wonderful destinations will require a plane as a means to get there.
Tickets for flights to most global destinations are most expensive during summer.
Our suggestion is to find flights off-season. Not only flight tickets cost less but you also get to avoid the peak tourist crowds and struggle less to find cheap accommodations.
You can also check apps such as Hopper and SkyScanner to keep an eye on the best flight deals and seat sales throughout the year. These apps also let you compare prices offered by different airlines.
If you do a lot of frequent traveling already, consider getting a loyalty card if your airlines offer it before any of your big trips. This will not only get you exclusive deals but also hike down your flight cost significantly over time thanks to the points you earn.
Airbnb. Booking.com. VRBO.
What do these three have in common? They all offer cheap accommodations ideally within your budget and preferred areas anywhere in the world.
These sites guarantee safe and beautiful places to stay at for budget-friendly prices, but if you’d rather stay at a hotel, look for locations away from central tourist areas as they usually charge cheaper for a night.
A lot of cities in Europe and Asia have great transportation systems, but they can also hurt your wallet if you plan on going to multiple destinations.
No matter where in the world you go, taxi and Uber fares will always be costly. If you’re in a major city, chances are that there’ll be a metro system available.
We recommend taking the train to get around your destinations if you’ll only be going to a few places a day. Google Maps also has a public transit option that works in most cities, so you won’t have to worry about learning which trains to get on and transfer from.
Another option is to get a rental bike and pedal to and from your destinations. Not only are you getting great exercise but you also get to enjoy the scenery around you and not have to worry about missing the last train.
How you decide to organize your daily activities during your trips is a big deciding factor for how much you’ll be spending.
While going to amusement parks and museums sounds enticing, entrance fees can be costly.
Skip out on the expensive tours and download audio guides instead and listen to where you’re going. There are even travel apps now that let you explore certain cities at your own pace.
Watch out for special discounts. Whether you’re a student, a senior, in a large group or anything that may apply, there’s a special discount that tourists can apply for.
You can also check your destination’s website online beforehand to check if you can apply for certain discounts and join free activities.
Food is one of the strongest factors people rely on when choosing a destination to travel to.
Being on a budget is the best way to experience authentic dishes and flavors because you level yourself to how locals eat.
A great advantage to this is that most countries are filled with street markets and food stalls lined up all over, so there won’t be many struggles looking for meals on the go.
One thing to take note of is to bring your refillable water bottles to avoid constantly spending on drinks which tend to be pricier than food.
Moreover, take advantage of the complimentary meals your accommodation provides for you to avoid overspending on food and make the most out of your bookings.