“Where does he/she get the money?” people usually ask themselves when they hear about someone who travel a lot. They think that traveling is for people who have a huge amount of money in the Bank or a job that offer to them a satisfied salary. Well, the good news are that we don’t have to have a lot money to travel!
If you really want to travel abroad, all you need is faith to yourself and stubbornness! If traveling is your passion and you always spend time by visiting Travel Blogs, watching travelers, from all over the world, enjoying their life and you feel a little bit jealous, you should never forget that you can do the same thing! No matter what kind of job you have (maybe you don’t even have any job), you can always save money, as much as you can, that you can spend them later to a destination, at least once a year! I know it for sure! Believe me!
So, in this post, I’ll give you some tips for a Low-budget travel, from my own experience, which I believe that they’ll help you travel without worrying if your wallet would be able to afford the costs.
1. Search for cheap tickets! Decide for your next destination now and search for the cheapest tickets. The sooner, the cheaper! Don’t expect to find tickets at the last minute, especially during Christmas, Easter or in the middle of the summer. So, travel off-season! This will help you organize better and of course it will lift you up, since you know that, in a few months, a wonderful place will wait for you to explore it. So, one of the most important things you can do, as a budget traveler, is to recognize a deal when you see one. That’s why benchmarking prices (on accommodations, flights, etc.) is so important. Remember that, doing it yourself, requires patience and persistence.
2. Pack light! If you can fit everything you need for your trip in a carry-on bag, do it. If you can’t, it’s time to reevaluate what you think you need for your trip. Expert budget travelers save money by skipping checked-bag fees. So, make a packing list and eliminate anything you absolutely don’t need for your trip.
3. Make online arrangements! Check internet forums for information about your destination and see or ask what other people were paying, to get a general idea. You’ll often find practical tips that make local travel cheaper.
4. Avoid Hotels and use Apartment Rentals! Before you leave, you’ll have plenty of time to search for accommodation via internet. Stay away from the city center! Renting an apartment (for one or two weeks) will be a perfect solution for your financial. Semi-furniture apartments contain everything you’ll need: a table with chairs, a sofa, fridge and an oven and, of course, a bed.
5. Use local public transport! I know that It’s very tempting to rent a car because it allows you travel quickly and comfortably whenever it suits you. The problem is that it’s more expensive than taking a local bus, train or other mode of transport. Public Transport can be more tedious and boring, but you’ll have the opportunity to look out of the window and you’ll get to know the place better. You don’t have this possibility when you’re a driver. So, keep looking for Ticket Cards that offer you unlimited transportation for one or two weeks! Of course, avoid the taxis!
6. Eat clever! If you get hungry, while exploring a city, go to a local shop and buy whatever takes your fancy. Then, head out to nice spot nearby, somewhere with a great view, and enjoy your meal. If food is a big part of your vacation, consider splurging on lunch at an expensive restaurant (prices tend to be cheaper than dinner) and then going for something light or homemade at dinner time. Search for information via apps, such as TripAdvisor, to find the closest restaurant which is clean and cheap. Stay far away from touristy restaurants! Or, if you decided to rent an apartment, just visit the closest supermarket and buy anything you want. Don’t forget to make a sandwich before you left the apartment for exploration! So, pack a lunch!
7. Use ATM rather than travelers checks! You’ll get your cash cheaper and faster. While ATM give the best possible rates, they do come with transaction fees. Minimize these fees by making fewer and larger withdrawals. Store the cash safely in your money belt.
8. Shop at the low-priced locations! Emphasize on buying stuff where it’s cheaper. Also, for souvenirs and gifts, you can look out for departmental stores and local markets which are not as overpriced as the touristy showrooms and bazaars.
9. Travel with friends! I know how exciting and wonderful solo travel can be, but it can also be expensive. When you’re on a trip with a group, you can share rooms, divide up on the amount you spend hiring a driver and a cab and sometimes can also save up on the money you pay for food.
10. Wear a money belt! You’ll save money by not losing it. Thieves target tourists not because they’re mean but because they’re smart. They know we’re the ones with the good stuff in our purses and wallets. Assume beggars are pickpockets. Be wary of commotions in crowds and fake police who ask to see your wallet.