Travelling and holidays contribute immensely to the mental and physical well being of a person. And probably to some people seeing new places is just a desire. But what holds back is “money”, and the key to any trip is smart use of money. For there is nothing worse than going to a destination of a dreams, and not having enough money to experience the beauty of the visit.
Here are some tips on “how to travel on a budget”:
- Plan your trip well and ahead of time
The first thing to do, if you are travelling, is to come up with a plan. By plan, I don’t mean an hour-by-hour itinerary. You need to plan on, where you want to go, what you want to see, how many days you are willing to spend in the city or country, and finally your budget. For this an extensive research has to be carried out. Google has an answer to every destination. Travel blogs come very handy with a lot of useful tips.
- Travel during off season
Travelling and accommodation during off season is cheaper than compared to the peak season i.e. summer and Christmas. The tourist sites are less crowded and one can interact with the locals, click better pictures, nurture the beauty of the place and get complete satisfaction of the visit.
- Book Flights in advance
If you are considering travelling by flight the cost varies depending on the month, day and even time of travel. Airlines release their flight seats up to a year in advance and the closer you get to your departure date, the prices increase, especially in the last month. Fly economy, as the money you save on cheap seats can be spent on food or accommodation at the destination. Book your return flights well in advance; running out of money abroad without a guaranteed ticket, for your journey back home is never ideal.
- Consider Public Transport
Taxis and planes add up and take a large portion of your travel budget. Consider travelling by public transport, to get from and to the airport and around the city. Travelling around on foot is also a great experience; one can capture the hidden beauty and the untold stories of the place. It also helps minimizing the expenditure and the wallet to keep in shape.
Hotels are not always the answer for accommodation. Get out of your comfort zone and search for other accommodation options. Rent out a studio apartment, local hostel, home stay, or camping as these accommodations favours ones wallet and you can also interact with the people who have better ideas and knowledge of the place you are visiting.
- Skip Fancy Restaurant
Dine in local restaurants, cafes or even try the local street food, as these foods are authentic, contain local flavours and cooked the traditional ways. You not only save a lot but also get a step closer in understanding the culture and the food habits.
I have followed the above mentioned tips and I hope these tips would help you when you plan a trip.