Travelling to explore beautiful places doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you certainly don’t need to win the lottery to travel the world – not if you know how to watch your pennies. We’ve complied some tried and tested tips to help you plan a holiday on a budget.
Plan ahead of time
The more you plan ahead of time, the more you will save money. You will have the time to compare between the prices and take advantage of the offers and the promo-codes that come up every now and then. Have a plan of your trip from the destination to the flights and everything you should do there. The plan shouldn’t be so specific and done hour by hour, it can be general but highlights the most important things that you shouldn’t miss on your trip!
Travel in OFF-Seasons
Try as much as you can to travel off high seasons like, Christmas, New Year and School Holidays because the prices of flights, hotels, and tours will at least be doubled. Research the best time to visit your intended destination, and then travel just before or after these dates. Hotels and airlines lower their prices to attract customers during this time.
Accommodate on a budget
Usually when travelling, hotels are used just to sleep in so do not waste so much money in a place where you will only a couple of hours. Instead, you may spend money on activities and experiences in the country. An amazing tip to accommodate on a budget is to use applications like Airbnb where you can book an entire place or a shared room with a local who can be your tour guide as well and teach you all about the culture and the hidden gems in the country!
Make sure to write a list of all the things you need to pack and take with you. Never underestimate this tip because you don’t want to get bothered in your trip about a missing item that you forgot to pack. The essentials like Passport, Flight Tickets, Phone Charger…etc. Make sure you bring everything you need so that you don’t have to shop while you’re away.
Book flights in advance
Airlines ‘release’ their flight seats up to a year in advance and the closer you get to your departure date, the more the prices increase, especially in the last month.
Do your research
Do full research about the destination you are travelling, that will save you so much time, money and effort. Research the hidden gems in the country, the best street food places, and the top things to do. Also, it is very important to research the transportation and car rental rates so you are prepared financially as well.
Embrace public transportation
In most places, buses and trains are cheaper than taxis. So it is very important to be aware of the rates of the transportation to the country you are travelling to. Also, walking around discovering the city will keep some cash in the pocket and will let you enjoy the city in a different sense than just roaming around in a car!
Say no to shopping
Stay away from spending money on shopping while travelling because it is not only the cost of buying things, it is the overweight that you will have to pay for on the flight! So cut off those extra charges and focus on having the best experience in the country because now with the online shopping we are accessible to everything around the globe, meaning you won’t be missing out on any deal!