Traveling on a budget shouldn’t be difficult in this day and age because there are so many budget-friendly travel destinations to choose from. Travelers no longer need to spend a fortune in order to see the world’s most exotic destinations and we’re here with some tips on how to live your best life on vacation without busting your pocket.
- Create a Plan
While it’s true that unexpected trips are often the best, this isn’t a good idea if you’re strapped on time and money. Budget travelers should always start with a viable plan before anything else. This doesn’t mean that you must be a stickler with a to-do list for every waking moment of your vacation but it does help to know how long you plan to spend in each destination, how much money you have, and the route you plan on taking. The more fleshed out your plan is, the better your chances of getting access to great accommodations and flight deals.
- Book Tickets in Advance
Another way to tighten your travel money belt is to book return flights well in advance. That way, even if you blow through your budget you won’t have to dip into your savings in order to come home.
- Pack Everything You Need
So many people make the mistake of packing light and end up having to shop for extra clothes when they get to their destination. Avoid spending extra cash by packing all the essentials such as a pair of comfortable shoes, sandals, one pair of long jeans, a waterproof jacket and a warm hoodie or cardigan.
- Avoid Peak Seasons
Always consider the seasons when traveling. For instance, you’re much more likely to spend a fortune if you travel during school holidays because the travel industry knows that a lot of families will take a vacation during this time.
However, each travel destination is different so you should conduct thorough research and make sure that you travel at the right time for your particular destination. A lot of budget travelers tend to vacation during “shoulder season” which is the period before the “peak” or busy season. Sure, some of the recreational areas might be closed and the sun won’t be shining as brightly but you’ll enjoy a lot of the sights in peace and your holiday won’t burn a hole in your pocket either.
- Don’t Eat at Expensive Places
Instead of eating out at fancy restaurants and cafes, try street vendors, local food markets and supermarkets. This is a great way to experience the true flavors of a place without spending an arm and a leg for food. Of course, you should look out for things like hygiene and cleanliness in any establishment you buy food from, as the last thing you need is to contract “Delhi belly”, “Bali belly” and similar problems while abroad.
The key is to not overspend on food and there are many ways to do this. Another tip would be to opt for water instead of beer or wine as the cost of the latter can add up over time. Plus, if you’re staying at a self-catering unit then you’re in a great position to save even further by cooking for yourself.