Who doesn’t love traveling and visiting new, exotic destinations across the world? Everybody does, right? If it were up to people, then many would consider extended holidays while traveling to different parts of the world. The only thing stopping people from doing so is money.
Yes, traveling may be a lot of fun, but there’s absolutely no denying that traveling can be quite expensive. When we travel, we leave behind the comfort of our homes and we need to shell out money for just about everything. Some common travel expenditures include accommodation costs, food costs, transportation costs and internet connectivity charges, among several others. Plus, money is always spent on various sights, sounds and tourist attractions when we’re traveling. These costs add up to good money. This is why most people cannot afford more than a single holiday every year.
But, what if I were to tell you that there are several ways that allow you to travel more while paying less? You heard me – and you don’t even need to be a long-time traveler to achieve this. Even as a beginner, there are several things you can do to travel within a budget.
So, continue reading this post to discover just how you can travel more while paying less. The tips that you’ll find in this post will allow you to save good money, so make sure to read right through to the end.
1. Travel off peak season
The number one way to save money while travelling is by travelling off the peak season. If you do so, you’ll save money on most aspects of your travel – ranging from flight tickets to accommodation.
Sure, you may not get to see the best of the crowds if you travel off peak season, but there are many other advantages to it. Apart from saving money, you’ll need to deal with lesser crowds and you can have a better time exploring your holiday destination.
2. Choose alternative forms of accommodation
In my experience, most people only think of hotels or motels when it comes to accommodation while travelling. While these accommodation options work out great, they do tend to be expensive.
Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative forms of accommodation you can choose from. Alternative accommodation in self-contained holiday apartments, Airbnb and other serviced apartments are much cheaper than most hotels and motels. By choosing such alternative accommodation, you’ll certainly save on your holiday dollar.
3. Eat out less when traveling
Holidays are meant to be spent experiencing the best cuisine of the holiday destination. However, if you’re looking to travel more while paying less, eating out all the time is not a great idea.
Instead of eating all your meals out, consider having at least one home cooked meal on your holiday every day. Trust me – the savings you make by following this simple tip can add up to massive amounts. And, if you choose to live in serviced holiday apartments, you can always cook your own meals as you’ll have access to a kitchen.
4. Don’t always take a cab
Transportation costs can quickly pile up when on holiday. While taking a cab is certainly convenient when travelling, it is not the most economical option.
To cut on your transportation costs, consider taking the bus, local trains or even walk when you’re on holiday. If possible, you can also share cabs with fellow tourists to save your money.
5. Get a travel credit card
Using a credit card when travelling can sure be convenient. However, some cards charge foreign transaction fees, so you may end up paying more than you actually spend. To avoid this, sign up for a travel credit card that doesn’t charge you foreign transaction fees.
Travel credit cards also offer reward points which you can redeem on flight tickets and hotel bookings. And, every travel card has unique perks attached to them, which can translate to huge savings for you. In fact, I know of people who save thousands of dollars on their travel every year, simply because they use travel credit cards wisely.
6. Look for the best deals on airfares
You’ll still have to pay all airfare costs when you’re travelling from one place to another. But, by being smart about it, you can always score some sweet deals on airfares. For this, you can keep an eye out on ticket prices or use comparison sites to find the best deals.
Also, if you have a miles-based credit card, you can always keep buying items on your card for extra miles. I know of many people who regularly collect airline miles so as to get good discounts on their airfares.
7. Don’t carry too much baggage
When you’re planning to travel a lot, chances are that you’ll consider packing a lot of luggage with you. Don’t make this mistake. Taking too much luggage along will unnecessarily weigh down your travel. Also, if you’re not careful about it, you may end up paying excess baggage fees.
To avoid this, do a little planning before you travel and pack only the essentials. If you’re unsure about exceeding baggage limits, weigh your luggage before you get to the airport. This will give you a chance to unpack anything that’s unnecessary.
8. Buy travel insurance wisely
If you’re looking to save money any way you can when travelling, you’re probably considering forgoing insurance. Don’t do this. Travel insurance is extremely important and you mustn’t travel without it. Without insurance, in case any unforeseen circumstances happen during your travel, you’ll end up racking a lot of expenses. This is something that you must avoid, so travel insurance is a must.
However, by choosing your travel insurance wisely, you can definitely save some money. Instead of buying on-the-spot insurance for a single trip, consider getting an annual multi-trip insurance policy. Even if you take more than one holiday a year, the multi-trip insurance policy will be worth it. You can compare different travel insurance policies on several comparison websites to make an informed decision.
So, there you have it – these are some really simple ways which allow you to travel more while paying less. Anybody can implement these tips and they will definitely lead to good savings while on holiday.
Do you already make use of any of these tips when you’re travelling? Or do you know of any other great money-saving tips for travel that I may not have included in this post? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you!