Travelling is something many of us crave but if you fly frequently or enjoy regular holidays it can get expensive. It is the perfect way to unwind and the chance to experience new cultures and ways of life. Managing to do this without breaking the bank is a real skill and if you don’t have the biggest budget but don’t want to miss out on the benefits of travel, keep these tips in mind when booking your next break.
- Plan Ahead
Last minute trips can sometimes come at a great discount, but this is not always the case. Planning and booking in advance is usually the best way to get a discount. Whether you simply need to book a train ticket to start a backpacking adventure or the planning of every element of a break from flights to accommodation, the earlier is usually the better. There are often lots of early access deals and discounts to take advantage of.
- Consider Off-Peak Times
Travelling in the school holidays is notoriously expensive, especially in summer. You may have to pay double if not more if you want to go away at the height of the summer holidays. Instead, consider travelling off-peak, even one day into September or near the beginning of July can result in a significant saving.
- Pack with Care
Pack to minimise what you need to buy when you get to your destination. There will be some things you need to buy while you’re away, but you should ensure you have all your essentials with you, to avoid unnecessary costs. Always pack items such as a jumper and waterproof jacket, even if you’re expecting sun every day, and this will ensure you’re prepared and don’t need to invest in new clothes on your travels.
- Don’t Be Picky where you Sleep
Everyone needs accommodation which suits their needs but as long as it’s comfortable and clean, it’s definitely an area you can save on. Apps such as Couchsurfing and Airbnb are great for finding affordable short-term holiday lets and staying in a spare room in a local person’s home can be great for saving cash. You could consider sharing a room in a hotel or hostel too which also helps to ensure costs are kept down.
- Dine In, Not Out
One of many people’s favourite thing about travel is the chance to enjoy new foods and cuisines. Not eating out may seem like a disappointing way to save money but you could see it is as a chance to immerse yourself into local food, by cooking it yourself. Visit markets and shops to stock up on local ingredients and try your hand at patatas bravas or beef rendang. No one says you can’t eat out once or twice throughout your trip but make it a treat instead of the norm.
Keeping a budget in mind as you travel doesn’t have to make the trip boring. You can spend more time enjoying your new surroundings and taking in the sights, rather than heading to the shops and blowing unnecessary cash.