Five Easy Tips for Traveling on a Small Budget
So you believe you need a lot of money to be able to travel? Well, you need to rethink this, after looking at the tips we’ll discuss shortly.
When you ask people what it is they wish they’d do more of, you’ll often hear “travel.” However, they’ll often use money as the excuse for not traveling more, mainly because of perceived budget constraints. But if you take note of the following tips, you won’t have to break the bank to go on vacation.
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It’s often the case that things will get more expensive if you wait longer. You should plan ahead and book in advance things such as plane tickets and hotel reservations, as well as scoring some early bird deals. So an effective way to travel on a tight budget is to choose your destination early and find some great deals well ahead of time.
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Find alternatives to hotels
No doubt hotels are luxurious places to stay at, but in exchange for the comfort, you must be ready to part with a sizeable chunk of cash. Nevertheless, you don’t have to stay in a super-luxurious hotel–or any hotel at all–to enjoy your travels. There’s always a number of alternatives to consider, such as booking an extra bed space on sites like Couch Surfing, or renting a hostel room. Many cheap hotels are also available around the world, so you must do your research.
Travel on off-peak days/seasons
By choosing to travel during off peak days/seasons, you can considerably cut you’re your travel costs. Whether you’re booking a flight, or seats on a trans-national train, you can save big with off-peak travel. Peak times will vary according to destination, but you should generally avoid summer and spring days as well as major holidays.
Avoid dining out
You might fancy the thought of eating at a beachside cafe, but not if it’s going to cost upwards of a hundred dollars. Why not go get the groceries and just cook for yourself? You may even enjoy a similar beachside dining experience if you come to the beach with this food. Breakfast is relatively easy to make in most places, and for lunch, all you may need is a big sandwich. Another benefit to cooking your own meals is that you won’t need to stop at a restaurant to eat, which may derail the day’s plans.
Scout for free deals
Many travel destinations have “must see” spots, which aren’t free, usually.You can just select one or two of the sites, and then fill up the rest of your time with free or low-cost activities. Consider touring parks, where you might catch a free show.