No one wants to be stuck sitting in one place year after year, I certainly don’t. We all want to travel, but in many cases there’s this illusion that it’s too expensive. Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. Today I’m going to show you three ways you can save money while taking a trip near, far, or even during the dreaded holiday months. Below are three Ways to save money regardless of when or where you’re traveling.
Not only is it possible to save money while traveling, but you can even make money too! How is this possible, you ask? Well, if you find yourself loving the nomadic life, then you can make money blogging by starting your own travel blog. Plenty of people have done this and never stay in one place for long as a result.
Here are some excellent tips to make your trip happen!
1. Booking and Planning Your Flight
For starters, always plan your flights in advance and visit discount websites to find the best possible deals. While connecting flights may be annoying, they can also save you money, so don’t immediately dismiss this option either.
As odd as it sounds, round trip tickets are sometimes cheaper even if you don’t use the return flight. If you can manage to fly in and out of the same airport, you’ll also save some cash.
If you’re traveling abroad and you plan to visit more than one country, consider staying for a few days at one of the flight changes. You’ll have a chance to see a few sights, and you can take a break without paying any extra to fly out a few days later instead of the immediate flight out.
Plan on flying during the holidays? Here are some tips for those times of the year:
- Avoid peak travel dates – Instead of traveling the day before the holiday, travel early on the day. This will cut down on stress and on the price of your airfare.
- Look for small airports – Checking out the alternate airport options is a great way to cut down on pricing across all aspects of your trip. Smaller airports will often have less flights going in and out during this time of year.
- Leave Early – Many novice travelers will make the mistake of not leaving early enough. I’m talking several hours early. Remember, you’ll have to account for traffic, lines, check-in, and more.
If you don’t mind helping out, there are actually plenty of ways you can stay in other countries for zero cost. Imagine how much you’ll save if you don’t have to pay for your room? A great example of an arrangement like this is the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).
If you’re heading to a country where they are located, you can have room and board for free, so long as you help out on the farm. It’s not glamorous work, but if you’re stuck in an office job day in and day out, it’s a nice change of pace. Other networks like couchsurfing will also connect you with locals who will show you the best free local attractions, and let you stay with them for free.
While you’re there, make sure you immerse yourself in the local culture. You don’t have many opportunities like this. If the local fashion involves a pompadour haircut, then get yourself one with the money you saved on lodging!
Maybe you’d rather stay in a hotel of sorts? Instead of booking a hotel in Paris, try staying in a country where the exchange rate for currency is in your favor. For example, if the economy is down in Greece, you can stay there for far less than you would expect.
Another great strategy is to use travel apps on your smartphone that give you cheap last-minute deals. One such example is HotelTonight which gives you incredible last-minute deals on hotel bookings at some of the finest places.
3. Dining on a Budget
A massive chunk of your travel budget can easily be sunk into food expenses. Avoid this by planning your meals before you head out for the day. Do some research and find low-key places where the food will be great, the experience will be authentic and the price will be reasonable. If the menu’s in another language, then you’re doing it right.
You can also save money by shopping at the local supermarkets or stores and trying to prepare some of the local cuisine yourself. This is a fun way to immerse yourself in the culture and foods of another country.
What tips would you offer for saving money while traveling? Share them in the comments below!