How To Save Money While Traveling
One of the biggest myths surrounding travel is that it is expensive. While there are certainly ways you can blow up your credit card bill on the road, with a little bit of planning and strategy you can learn how to save money while you travel.
All it takes is a little bit of sacrifice and open-mindedness and you will be able to have the travel experience you have always dreamed of, as well as knocking off more than a few bucks from your travel budget.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Hotels are where a lot of travelers spend an unnecessary amount of money. Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of other options available that are just as comfortable (in many cases much more comfortable), and much more affordable.
If you are in town for longer than a week, consider taking up short-term accommodation through services like Housli. You can find a variety of short, medium, or long term rooms for rent without breaking the bank. Not only will it be cheaper than nearby hotels, but many of these apartments come with kitchen access. Rather than spend your cash on an overpriced room service meal, you can save that money by cooking your own meals.
If renting a room or apartment doesn’t tickle your fancy, then why not check out a hostel? Many hostels also offer kitchen access and they are also great places to meet other like-minded travelers.
There are few things you can do to save money with your flights. Firstly, it is always worth having a look for local budget airlines. A quick google search will usually suffice and you’ll be surprised how many budget airlines there are available. If you do go with a budget airline such as Easyjet or Ryanair in Europe, make sure you read the fine lines before you buy your ticket. Budget airlines profit from charging you for services such as checked luggage or meals which wouldn’t normally be an extra charge with a non-budget airline.
Another tip is to try and fly into an airport that is not your destination and combining it with a train or a bus to get to your final destination. It seems unbelievable but you’d be surprised at how much you can save from flying into a nearby city and then catching a bus from that airport to your destination city rather than flying in direct. This is especially true during high seasons.
A good rule of thumb to cut down your travel costs is to avoid eating in tourist areas. You can be assured that the sandwich you get on Times Square in New York will be twice as expensive as a sandwich just a few blocks from there. Not only that but tourist restaurants tend to serve lower quality food as they take advantage of the fact that most tourists will dine at their venue just because it is well located.
A second thing to keep in mind is that locals aren’t eating out every day of the week. If you followed the advice above then you will have access to a kitchen. A fun way to save a bit of money and have a local cultural experience is to visit the supermarket and see what’s on offer. Even better, find out if there is a local farmers market and check it out. Markets are a fantastic way to explore the local scene, do something off the beaten path and support local agriculture. Not only will you save a few bucks but you’ll also have a richer cultural experience and avoid any chances of gaining holiday weight.