How to travel on budget

How to travel on budget - travel hacks

For many, traveling is an unachievable dream. They want to travel the world and see exotic places, but once they sit down and start calculating the expenses, they give up and yet again put off their life adventure for the indefinite future. Sounds familiar? If you’re one of these people, know that all the travelers you admire didn’t necessarily win the lottery. They just know how to travel to save money.

Pick the right time

Rainy season in exotic countries or October until April in Europe – these are usually slow months for tourist resorts. They offer lower prices to attract travelers, and this is the time you should choose to save on accommodation, shopping, and sightseeing. Just make sure to check when it is the right time to take your trip to the desired destination. If you pick February for mountain holidays, get ready for crowds of skiers and high prices.

Plan your trip

When it comes to saving money, planning is everything. It will take some time and effort, but it’s really worth it. Start with picking the cheapest means of transport and make sure you don’t have to go back to place A from B. Instead, move to C and get home from there. Multi city holidays are the best way to see much more and lower the expenses of taking the same road twice.

Remember that booking cheap air tickets is usually possible months before your holidays or, if you like that prickle of excitement, in last-minute deals. Keep on checking your flight finder and don’t hesitate to book tickets with stopovers – they’re usually much cheaper than direct flights.

There are different ways to lower the accommodation expenses. You can look for relatives or friends who can take you in for a night or two, go camping, stay in a hostel with other people in the same room or a university dorm. It all depends on where you want to go and what the accommodation opportunities are. If you’re on a multiple flights trip, make sure you travel at night. That way you will sleep while traveling without having to pay for a room. Staying in bed is not the purpose of your trip, so don’t look for expensive hotels – you won’t spend too much time in anyway!

Know where to eat

Food can cost a lot of money if you don’t know the basic rules. First of all, don’t z, especially the ones that most of the tourists chooses. See where the locals eat and visit these places instead. Second of all, always have a bottle of water and a sandwich with you in case you get hungry. Picnics are usually the best way to save money on food. It’s also a good idea to look for fresh markets rather than do your grocery shopping in a supermarket.

Look for discounts and free attractions

Many cities offer free tourist attractions, student or family discounts. Make sure you know where to look for them. Some museums or galleries are cheaper during the week, and some of them organize open days for visitors. All you need to do is check the website of the place you want to visit and look the information up.

Look out for unpredicted costs

Carefully read any agreement you sign and negotiate costs of transport, accommodation or organized tours before you agree to them. If it’s possible, pay in advance. Make sure you’re aware of what price includes or not. Try to use free Internet access and switch off data roaming. Pay in cash, not your credit card as you may be charged with some additional costs. And don’t forget to get a travel insurance along with the third party liability insurance. That way you won’t have to pay for a hospital stay, rescue operation or any accidental damage you may cause. Those fees are usually huge, and some tourists spend months or even years to pay them off. If you travel by car, stick to the speed limits and regulations of the country you’re in.

Getting to know your destination before you go is the best way to predict your expenses and plan a low-cost trip. You should know when to go to avoid the tourist season and get the most of your holidays at the same time. While planning how to move around, you should find out what the cheapest mean of transport is and what are its advantages and disadvantages. For example, in your chosen destination, a bus trip may be the cheapest, however, you may need to accept the delays and long waiting time. In some countries, where the petrol is cheap, it might be a good idea to rent a car.

During your trip try to stay open to new experiences and people you meet along the way, both travelers and locals. They can give you some useful clues, share their experiences or even offer a meal or accommodation and your trip will get that much more exciting.

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