Traveling is fun, spending money is not. Fortunately, adept travelers know that there are plenty of financially efficient ways to see the world. With a little extra planning and masterful interpersonal skills, there are countless methods to help you enjoy a memorable trip on a budget. Here are three money saving techniques to help you travel on a budget.
- Save on Transportation
When traveling, transportation costs add up quickly. Unfortunately for long distance trips, plane tickets are a necessary evil, but after landing transportation options become much more flexible. If you are visiting a big city let public transportation keep your expenses low. Many trollies, buses, lightrails, subways and trains offer discounts for long term and day passes. Before embarking on your trip, research the cost efficiency of what your destination city has to offer. If public transportation isn’t your thing, consider relying on ride sharing services. Because car services have peak time surcharges and don’t offer many discounts for long term use, short, frequent trips can put a major dent in your budget. To avoid this, walk as far as is comfortable before scheduling pick-up. Group tourist events by location so you can spend a whole day walking from attraction to attraction without needing to call for extra rides. Lastly, ask your hotel staff about the cheapest modes of travel. On occasion, hotels have even been known to provide shuttles for their occupants.
- Timing Matters
Traveling discounts are unique when it comes to timing. Depending on what’s being purchased, buying well in advance could save just as much money as waiting until the very last minute. When deal hunting, keep this in mind. While flight fees tend to be lower when purchased early, hotels can go either way. Make sure to scour discount sites for both early bird and last minute deals. You can even continue to look for last minute hotel deals while on vacation. You never know when an unfilled room could save enough money to make the hassle of switching hotels well worth your time.
- Plan Ahead
Planning the particulars could make a huge difference in your travel budget. Here are a few ways to plan ahead and save money:
- Choose a hotel that has a kitchen. Food is expensive, especially when eating out. Cut costs by shopping for groceries at a local market, storing them in your hotel fridge and making meals instead of buying them. Packed lunches and home cooked dinners will prevent you from needing to find multiple restaurants to dine at every day of your vacation. Plus, with your fridge, you can safely store snacks and leftovers to fill the gaps between meal times.
- Double check your suitcase before leaving. For extra assurance, create a checklist of necessities to use when packing and last minute checks. Use your time wisely and don’t wait until you’re too rushed to pack responsibly. Many travelers end up spending unnecessary funds by repurchasing items that they accidentally left at home. Don’t let this common mistake cost you.
Don’t let a limited budget hold you back from exploring the world. Get creative with how you structure your trip and accomodations. Leave no rock unturned when searching for resources that will help save money while on vacation and enjoy your budget-friendly fun.