Travelling can cost a lot. Here are a few tips to help you to save money, because short budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel at all.
1. Flexibility with Travel Dates
Be flexible with travel days means getting cheaper fares. Prices depend on supply and demand, so sometimes it can be a lot cheaper to choose to leave rather the day before or after. Then be more adaptable, look around the dates you initially chose for your departure and return and see if spending an extra day or lose one is worth it. This can make a big difference in particular around holidays.
2. Connecting Flights
Connecting Flights are Usually Cheaper. You might think connecting is really annoying and I do so. But If you can endure the inconvenience of a longer travel day, you could maybe save money.
In some cases, a connecting flight isn’t as inconvenient as you might think, and it can even be a plus. For example, it can be a good break time for kids. Actually, taking kids on a long flight can be stressful and tiring and a break could be a good idea for them to stretch, play and take some fresh air. It can be also a good opportunity for side trips. Layovers can be as long as 24 hours on international flights which may allow for a quick tour around a city or even for a catch up with friends or family.
3. Travel Light
Airline companies charge for everything, so if you have 2 bags or more, expect to be charged for it. Remember to check if your luggages are not over sized before packing and try to keep it all within one bag per person.
4. Different Thinking
Famous destinations are expensive. Try to think differently and visit other countries that are less valued by tourists. For example, if you are dreaming about Paris, don’t focus on it, other European cities are cheaper, but are also very elegant and magic, like Amsterdam or Budapest.
5. Always Look into Round Trip Tickets
Sometimes, one way tickets are so expensive that the round trip ticket is cheaper. Some people even don’t use the return ticket and buy another ticket to come back. It is a weird decision, but sometimes it cost less.
6. Flight Change
If you are booking a flight and you have to change flight in an intermediate country, you might be lucky. Check pricing on the flights to see if you can stay a few days in the country where you have the connecting flight instead of changing planes right away since airline companies often let you do that for the same price.
7. Watch The Currency
If you don’t have a preference in the destination of your next trip, consider the exchange rate when choosing. This sometimes can make a big difference.
On the same topic, be careful when you are getting cash. Many exchange offices have bad exchange rates so don’t go there. Search first on the internet to find out good places to get cash in the local currency.
Another tip, about the currency, try using the local version of the same website. Due to the rapid change in currency rates, it could be cheaper to book using the local currency.
8. Staying in a Town Next Door
Sometimes the smaller towns close to the city you want to go and visit have hotels and accommodations that are much cheaper. If you don’t mind a short bus or car ride, you might save money. When I visited New York, we choose to stay in New Jersey instead in the center of New York. We found a pretty apartment at just a 15 min bus ride from NYC, it was a really good deal.
9. Home Exchanges
It’s a very popular concept, but to be honest, I have never tried it, so I can’t give you my opinion. I just can say that every time I heard about it, I think of the romantic movie ‘’The Holidays’’ where Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore exchange their home (I love this movie, especially the music and the actors).
10. Duty Free
A lot of airports have duty free shops where you can make good deals. if you don’t consider taxes, they might not be the best deal around, but tax-free might make it the least expensive choice. Then sometimes it’s better to wait until the last day and go shopping at the airport.
11. Tourist Spots May Not be That Hot
Many countries have tourist spots where everything is more expensive and that sometimes aren’t the most interesting places to visit. And of course, if it’s not the first time for you to visit that country or city, there’s no point going there again. Instead, go to local areas that are less touristic and enjoy your vacation differently.
12. Talk to The Locals and Consume Local
Be friendly and chat with local people. Sometimes Locals can give you good tips to eat or to go out and some may even invite you to their home for a dinner, a drink or even to stay over.
You have also to consider that lots of consumables are less expensive when it’s made in the country you are visiting. Trying their local beer, coffee or food. You might be surprised at how great and cheap it can be.
13. Package deals
There are many package deals that make you save money, if you choose to book your hotel and your flight together. The rule is simple, the more business you can give them, the better deal they can offer you.
14. Unseasonal travel
Every travel destination has an ideal time during the year, although if you choose to go during the off-season, you can get some good deals on flights, hotels and activity packages. Maybe the weather will not be quite good, but i it will be cheaper and less crowded.
Here is an infographic that shows you the best time to book an hotel in top cities.
15. Travel by train
Trains are a cheaper alternative to planes. By booking in advance, train ticket in Europe can be cheaper 50%. And buying train ticket is very convenient, you only need to access to the national train company’s website. Transferring by train will help you save much money, especially using high speed train, night train, or long distance train.
16. Food and Drinks
Clever eating and drinking choices can help you save money when travelling. For example, go to a coffee shop or a brasserie (french word for cheaper restaurant) instead of going to a restaurant which will help you save cost. Street foods are also a good idea, it’s not only cheap and delicious, it will help you experience local cuisine as well.
Another solution to spend less on food and drinks is to cook for yourself. There is not many people how do so, but if you stay in an apartment or a house and you have a kitchen at your disposal then it is easier and it can be fun.
17. Find free tourist attractions
In Big cities, a lot of museums and government monuments offer free entrance. For example, in Paris, you can visit the Louvre Palace for free the first Sunday of the month. So check this information before your departure and plan your visit to benefit from these good opportunities.
18. Travel Around Home
Travelling Overseas might be your big dream, but there are actually many places close by that are very interesting and beautiful as well. These destinations would be cheaper as the distance is shorter.
19. Don’t Give Up Looking for Deals
You already have your plans set and all your reservations are done. It isn’t an excuse to stop looking for deals. Reservations can often be canceled with a full refund, so if you find a last minute deal that fits into your plans, take advantage of it.
20. Age, Student and Membership Discounts
Many attractions like museum, theme parks, and others have discounts for children, students or senior. If you are traveling, don’t forget to take with you your ID, student card or membership cards without them you will not be able to have the discount.
I hope these travel tips will help you and that you will be able to travel more and more !