Try These Seven Useful Tips for Travelling on a Budget
by Stephanie Koathes May 15, 2023
The cost can be a major barrier when it comes to indulging in a passion for travel. Also, since 2020 international travel costs have increased with the required PCR tests and, for some, quarantine facilities. However, don’t despair. You can still travel, and these tips will help you give in to your wanderlust on the cheap.
Travel on a shoulder
When you’re on a tight budget, you want to select the time you travel carefully. During peak seasons (summer and over the Christmas holidays), not only are the crowds at their maximum, so are the prices for flights and accommodations. Generally, travelling on a shoulder, April and May, and September through October means you’ll save on airfare and accommodation costs.
Compare, compare, compare. When looking for flights, use multiple airfare comparison sites such as Google Flights, Skyscanner and CheapOair to make sure you get the best price.
Try to book a midweek flight if you can because these are usually cheaper than those on a Friday or a weekend.
Book in advance
Generally, the earlier you book a flight or a place to stay during your trip, the cheaper it will be.
Look for hotel alternatives
To save on accommodation costs, consider staying in a small bed and breakfast, a vacation rental, or a hostel rather than a hotel. Hostel prices are usually quite cheap, but you will be sacrificing privacy by staying in a dorm. With vacation rentals (such as those on Airbnb), you can rent a whole house or apartment or even just a room.
Watch where you eat
Try and avoid stopping at places near major tourist attractions if you’re eating out. Prices are likely to be high and the quality low. You can often find cheap lunches in a supermarket or a fresh food market. Ahead of your trip, research budget dining and aim, as much as possible, to eat where the locals are. If you’re staying in an Airbnb home, you can save money by cooking your meals instead of eating out.
Do free things
Explore activities and places that are free in your destination city. Visit the parks, free galleries, take a free walking tour. You’ll be surprised at how much you can find to do that won’t cost you anything. Research these free activities ahead of time.
Sources: Money Crashers, Education First