Most people plan to travel at some point in their lives, but it can be easy to assume that travel is only for people making a lot of money. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and you can still have an incredible trip on a budget.
Here are some top tips to help you save money on travel:
Start researching early
Not only is researching the most exciting part of planning a trip, but this will allow you to make a realistic budget and maybe rethink some of your plans if you’re at risk of blowing that budget.
Some of the best travel destinations are also some of the cheapest when you’re on the ground. You could spend weeks exploring Southeast Asia, Central America or Western Europe for a fraction of the price of a week in Paris or New York. When you begin researching early, you’re also much more likely to get your hands on some cheap flights. That’s because the further in advance you book, the more booking classes are available, and the less you’ll pay.
Ask for advice
The internet continues to change our lives in many different ways, and it has definitely made it easier than ever to travel on a budget. There are plenty of forums packed full of experienced travellers willing to give you advice about the best places to stay, scams to watch out for, and the best sights to see in each destination.
You may also be surprised how many of your friends have been to the country you’re planning to visit. Get in touch and ask for money-saving recommendations- who knows, they may know someone on the ground who will be willing to show you around.
Whether you’re planning to travel long-term or just planning a quick holiday, don’t try to pack multiple destinations into a few days or a week. It’s expensive to get from Point A to Point B, and who wants to be checking out of their hotel and getting on a plane, train, or bus every day or two? By spending more time in each place, you’ll save money and really get to experience more in each spot.
Be food smart
Let’s face it: Food is one of the best parts of travelling. But those meals out can really add up. Whenever possible, use Airbnb so you’ll have access to a kitchen. While you should definitely try local foods, even eating breakfast at home can help your budget. In many parts of the world (especially North America) the portions are simply too large for one dinner, so you can easily eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.