Traveling can be quite expensive and often a small budget means you will not be able to see all the things you want to see. We many not realise it, but most of the money we spend while traveling is on expensive food, overpriced accommodation and useless things we buy as souvenirs that seem like a good idea at the time. But most souvenirs weigh you down, hold you back and before you start telling me how you need to get a couple of things to show your family and friends, they don’t actually care. Here are 10 ways to travel within a small budget and still have a memorable vacation.
One of the best ways to cut back on your expenses is to go backpacking, especially if you don’t mind a bit of camping. If you aren’t willing to get out in the wilderness, carrying only a backpack makes staying in hostels far more accessible.
9. Book Early
In most cases when it comes to air-travel, you will be financially punished for leaving your booking to the last minute. It is well known that an early booking is much cheaper than a ticket bought 1 or 2 weeks before your departure. It is best that you plan your travel 6-8 months in advance in order to get the best deal. A ticket bought that early can be half of the price of a ticket purchased the week prior to departure.
8. Shop At Supermarkets
When you go on your holiday, you tend to eat out at a lot of fancy restaurants. Instead of three meals per day out in the city, you can cut down 2 of them. You can go to local markets and buy the ingredients for a healthy breakfast and a tasty lunch. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to try top quality cuisine whilst abroad, but it’s not necessary for every meal. Sometimes the money spent for a meal out can be the equivalent of two days worth of supermarket food. Sandwiches are easy to make, easy to carry, and will kill your hunger pains until dinner time.
7. Small Baggage
When you buy your plane ticket, you must take into consideration that big luggage represents more money. If you are planning a small trip you can opt for a hand luggage only which is nearly always included with your ticket. And of course, this ensures you will bring only the things you actually need.
6. Join Groups
Many travel agencies have great discounts if you travel in groups. If you decide to go with your friends, you may get a 20-30% discount off the regular price. Besides, if you join a group for an activity you often get a free tour-guide and can save money on sharing food.
5. Take Only What You Need
Most experienced travellers will tell you that you only need half of what you have packed. You don’t need a different change of clothes for every day, just pick a few go-to pieces. After all, you will probably want to buy a few things along the way. Of course, it is nice to have one or two souvenirs, but it doesn’t have to be more than that. If you do decide to buy souvenirs, take their size and weight into consideration. It is interesting to buy local crafts, but as soon as we get home, they will probably lie somewhere in the dark and remain unused for like… ever.
4. Set Daily Budgets
When travelling, we usually have the money we tend to spend and a little extra “in case of…”. We all know that this money will also be spent, probably in the pursuit of getting drunk, or when we are drunk. It’s time you set yourself a daily budget and stick to it. This will be a good way to keep track of your expenses, and you will know for sure when you overspend. If you are come in under budget one day, you can add the money saved to the following day’s budget.
3. Cheap Or Free Accommodation
We all wish we could afford a hotel room like something out of a Jay-z music video with immense beds, big TV screens, Jacuzzi and other facilities. When in fact, we don’t really need any of it. What we all really need whilst we are traveling is a roof, a bed or couch and a warm shower. Remember that you will spend most of the day outdoors. You are not doing it right if you never leave the comfort and security of your hotel. One thing cheap accommodation forces you to do, is get out! It’s also a great idea to sign-up for Airbnb and Couchsurfing. These platforms will not only save you money, but you will meet fantastic locals and enjoy a richer cultural experience.
2. Last Minute Deals
Nowadays there are a lot of traveling agencies that offer “last minute deals”. Some aspects of travel will punish you for last-minute purchases, such as plane tickets, whilst some will reward you to fill vacancies. For example, if the tour has place for 30 people, and only 20 seats are occupied, the agency will make a last minute deal in order to have a full occupied tour. For them, less money is better than no money. This requires you to be a spontaneous person and be willing to miss out sometimes. If you have a tight schedule, this may not work that well for you. Last-minute deals are often best had early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
1. Travel Deals
Traveling has become cheaper over the years and agencies are becoming more competitive every day. One of the ways they win clients is with their travel deals. Some agencies work together with specific locations and companies so they receive bonuses and discount for services. It’s also wise to let agencies know what price other competitors are offering. Most of the time they are happy to price-match to get your business.
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