First of all, you don’t need to be rich if you want to travel. It’s about making the right choices and considering different options. This is a question that many people have in their minds when they are planning for the next travel. Sometimes it is just a matter of having a budget and sticking to it, but sometimes it’s also nice to indulge a bit more. Follow these hacks to know how you can travel cheaper and save a bit more money for your next trip.
Budgeting and reducing spending
This is the first step to be taken. Calculate your finances and know exactly how much money you have when planning to travel. Make a budget for your trip and stick to it! Also it’s good to have some “backup money” in a different account in case of unexpected expenses or for an emergency. Next, try to cut down on buying things you can live without. There are usually plenty of things that we don’t necessarily need but we still buy and justify to ourselves that: “yes this is exactly what I need”. Trust me, I know, I’ve been there countless times!
Use websites to get benefits
Try to think of things that you can get for a cheaper price. These include transports, restaurants and accommodations. Here are some websites you can use to browse more affordable options.
I rarely use taxi when abroad (unless it is ridiculously cheap); I mostly go for the public transport and share rides.
Join Facebook fan pages and travel communities
Join different communities to get and share travel tips and more. You can ask questions and connect with people from all over the world. Share your knowledge too! This is a great way to get to know how other people travel and maybe save some money while going around. Also just connect with like-minded people; you might be surprised how much knowledge and positive people there are in the groups! I also have our fan page on Facebook (@ourpassportlifestyle) where we share our travels and everything related. Ask for restaurant and food tips and travel discounts fro example!
Looks for discounts and join a travel club
Sometimes it can be stressful and taking up a lot of time when searching the best results online. And when you are using the same browser you can even see sometimes that the hotel you checked yesterday have put their prices up! This can be avoided by clearing up your search history and using a different device for example. The best way to completely avoid it is to join a travel club where they always have the best prices. I’m a member of a travel site that gives me discounts and great deals from hotels, car rentals and flights. It also allows me earn travel credits that I can use next time I book through their site. This is just great! I mean first, it saves me the trouble of comparing different sites because they are all there showing exactly how much you save compared to other websites. Second, I get to earn credits and save them up for my next travel to get even more discounts!
They offer a bit different features – the flights Matrix shows you the cheapest time to travel (always try to travel outside public holidays if possible) and from Google flights you can compare prices and different flight routes.
Consider cooking your own meals
If you are traveling for longer period of time, this will save you quite a lot. This is a great option if you are traveling in more expensive countries. Of course, if you are somewhere in Asia, this won’t be necessary. You’ll get great meals with less than 6€. Depending on the local prices, we have sometimes made our own breakfast when traveling for longer than two weeks. It doesn’t really take up that much of time. Plus, I find it fun to go to the outdoor markets and supermarkets and buy groceries like the locals do!