5 Ways to Travel for Less
Nowadays, pictures of exotic locations, idyllic beaches, amazing scenery and different cultures bombard us on Facebook, Instagram, and in magazines, and while most of us sit at home day dreaming about visiting these places, it is actually much easier to go than you might think.
Travelling doesn’t have to be of the luxury kind for you to have the time of your life. It also doesn’t mean that you have to go to the other side of the world, and there’s tons of different ways in which you could save a pretty penny when going anywhere. So here are just 5 of the many, many different ways to save on your adventures:
Firstly you need to be realistic about how much you can save and how much you can afford. This is purely for your benefit so you don’t live beyond your means, but don’t automatically assume that a lower budget means a rubbish holiday. It definitely does not!
Once you have worked out your budget, you can plan your trip accordingly in order to gain the most out of it without spending unnecessarily on elements you could have made massive savings on.
Planes, trains and automobiles
A lot of people assume that to go abroad you need to fly there. Wrong! Obviously it’s the most convenient way (in most cases) but it is usually the most expensive too. It does depend where you are flying from and to of course, but look at your other options. Over-night trains, ferries, buses and overlanding are all great alternatives that may cost half the price of the flight. Sometimes internal flights in a certain country may be the cheapest option, but it is always worth checking! As and added note, if you do want to fly, compare airfares from different departure locations as prices can vary, so you may be able to save money if you are willing and prepared to fly from a different terminal or airport!
If you want to escape for a few weeks or months at a time (lucky you!) then it is very common now to work abroad in return for free accommodation. Of course you have to be willing to get your hands dirty sometimes with this option, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. You get to immerse yourself into a new culture, live like a local, get to know your host/landlord who may also play tour guide, and possibly learn a new skill. Whatever job you do, you’re likely to have a unique experience and save huge amounts on accommodation, since accommodation often eats into your budget massively. Sometimes you may also earn a few pennies whilst working away too. So essentially you are gaining money as opposed to spending.
If working whilst away is definitely not on your wish list, then don’t automatically look into booking hotel rooms. Again you have options; hostels, homestays, couch surfing. These are all cheaper options the majority of the time (in the case of couch surfing and homestays, free! But not usually long term options).
Be food wise
Of course we would all like to go out to lavish restaurants every night for a slap up meal whilst we are at home or away. However, going out to eat at restaurants every night whilst you’re away will burn a hole in your pocket rapidly. Whilst you’re out during the day, seeing the sights, taking it all in, why not take some delicious street food in to?! Often a much cheaper option to cafes and bars, probably a more filling option, and definitely a good way to taste authentic local food!
Also, if you have a kitchenette in your accommodation or a shared kitchen in your hostel etc. then do a shop at the local supermarket or fresh food stalls and cook up a storm in the kitchen by making some local dishes by yourself.
Location, location, location
It’s true that certain places in the world are much more expensive to travel to and around, but some of the most beautiful locations in the world are so inexpensive it’s almost rude not to go.
Places like Eastern Europe, South East Asia and South America can be ridiculously cheap in terms of accommodation, food and drink, and just general day to day living. So why not step out of your comfort zone and visit somewhere you might never have thought of before? Compare a variety of different ways to get to your location; of course far flung destinations are more easily reached by plane, in which case make sure you rigorously compare a number of airlines, departure locations and destinations etc. then combine this with the above tips, and you have an exotic holiday ahead of you minus the hefty price tag.
There are of course way too many ways to save money on travel. These are just the tip of the ice berg, so get researching and I promise it will be worth it.
Written by Katy James