Traveling can be expensive. If you can save some money without compromising on the quality of your experiences, who wouldn’t be interested? Let us have a look at some tips to help you manage your resources better.
1. Be flexible with your travel dates – This can save you a lot of money. Avoid the peak season and go in the shoulder season or off-season (if feasible). The crowd will be less and prices much cheaper. If it is possible, don’t plan your trip during weekends, school holidays, Christmas, etc.
2. Be flexible with flights – It pays to be flexible with the time of the day, stops, layovers, etc to get the best flight fares. Sometimes tweaking a day here and there may change the fares substantially. Keep a lookout for airfare sales and deals. Look for places which can be traveled on a budget
3. Go for apartments – Choose vacation rentals or apartments instead of hotels, especially if you are with the family. They fall cheaper and you can save lots of money by cooking at home.
4. Check the hotel room – If you are booking a hotel room, check it out thoroughly. Facilities like microwave, refrigerator, and tea/coffee making facilities, free wifi, free parking, etc would really be beneficial in saving money while traveling. It makes no sense in opting for a superior room if you are hardly going to spend any time in your hotel.
5. Check the location of your lodging – If you have a car, try to save money by booking a hotel which is away from the city. Otherwise, it may be beneficial to stay in a place that is close to the major tourist attractions and restaurants. Transportation costs pile up pretty fast, so you have to be careful.
6. Use Credit Card points – Use your hotel and airline points to book a room in a hotel or even flight tickets. You really get good deals if you have to keep looking.
7. Save on food – Opt for rooms that offer free breakfasts. Carry your snacks and water with you while going sightseeing. Avoid eating at places neat the tourist areas. Buy groceries from local stores and farmers’ markets. Cook your own meals, experiment with local cuisine, and try street food. Look for the discount section in the grocery shops. Drink tap water if it is safe.
8. Take advantage of freebies – Everywhere in the world, there are free attractions which should not be missed. Free walking tours, trekking trails, free museums, free pub-crawls, open-air attractions, public gardens are some of the places which can be visited without spending anything. Many places offer student and senior citizen discounts. So keep checking.
9. Save on transport – Walk as much as you can as it not only save money but also gives you a feel of the city. Use public transport if it is well connected. If you have to use taxis, opt for Uber as it is much cheaper. You can also share the ride if the city is safe. Download Google Maps so that you are aware of your location and surroundings. Buy tickets from the official sites and not the agents. Take night train/buses whenever you can as it saves room’s rent.
10. Be wise with currency – Opt for places where the currency is in the doldrums. Try to withdraw money and not exchange. Invest in a credit / Debit card where you won’t be charged any transaction fees while traveling overseas. Always keep some local currency for emergencies.
These ten tips will definitely help you in saving money without compromising on the quality of your holiday.