Hey, we know travelling can be quite expensive. Knowing how to balance your budget is an important skill to master, especially if you’re on a gap year or travelling for longer periods of time. The ability to travel without overspending can have a positive effect on the number of places you can travel to and the length of your trip. Everyone wants more travel, right? Luckily, we have some tips on how to make the most of your travel budget.
Plan ahead or last minute
If you want to book flights and accommodation at a discounted rate, you need to plan ahead or wait for last minute offers. Planning ahead means you book before their openings become limited and they raise their prices. Not a planner? That’s okay, you can commonly find reduced rates when booking your trip at the last minute when airlines and hotels offering deals to fill open seats or rooms. Last minute booking requires a lot of flexibility, but if you’re flexible, this can be the way to go. There are loads of websites that can help you find the best last minute steals.
Travelling with friends is hugely enjoyable and is almost always cheaper. You can split accommodation, transportation and food costs throughout your trip. Also, travelling in a group will make it possible for you to receive group rates on attractions, events and places to stay.
Take public transportation
Taking cabs or renting vehicles can be really expensive. Many cities and popular tourist destinations have extensive, reliable and easily navigated subway, tram or bus systems that are relatively inexpensive to use. They’re also a great way to get to know your destination, and its culture, a little better throughout your stay!
Cook a meal
Eating at restaurants can take a large bite out of your travel budget. Though some destinations are cheaper than others, money spent on food can add up pretty quickly. You can eat out less by preparing your own food daily, and fuelling up on any complimentary meals. If you do this, you might even save enough money for a high-quality meal from time to time.
Travel off season
Many places have seasonal attractions and a higher volume of tourist traffic during part of the year. Travelling to these types of locations during the off-season is a good way to save money on accommodations and avoid the headache of overcrowding. These types of locations struggle to get business during their less busy seasons and will offer deals to attract visitors. They can be just as beautiful and fun in the off-season.