We all know that traveling is expensive and sometimes it can really put a hole in our budget, especially if we don’t plan ahead of time. But even if we do plan ahead, there are many unpredictable things that pop up and we end up spending much more than we had originally planned. In today’s article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to save money when traveling. Don’t worry, we’re not going to state the obvious and tell you not to eat at the world’s best restaurants! Read on, take notes and remember that you can have the time of your life without having to spend a bucket of money!
Think about why the popular destinations are always so expensive. Well, the answer is easy: because everyone goes there! Let’s say you want to go visit a Greek Island. Don’t choose the most famous and most expensive one, such as Santorini, unless it’s been a dream of yours to go there. Choose something a little less known, but equally amazing, such as Zakynthos.
If you want to save money when traveling, the best way to do it is to choose a private room over a hotel room. Locals rent out their rooms, sofas and gardens. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?! Besides, you get to have a local to ask questions about the city and maybe even be your guide for a bit.
It costs a lot to withdraw money when you’re in foreign country. Keep in mind that using a debit card is cheaper than a credit card, although taxes and commission fee will always apply. Our tip is to take out large sums of money so you’re going to get charged less frequently. Also, do not keep all your money in one place.
If you want to eat authentic and cheap food, we suggest you go eat at local restaurants. Whenever you see a small and quaint restaurant that is filled with locals during lunch time, then you know that place has awesome food. To be honest, any place that is stocked during lunch hours is a place where you should eat.
It is common knowledge that the price of flights will vary considerably depending on day, time of travel or month. Before you take your days off from work, try all the combinations you can with airlines and tickets and see which is the cheapest. Once you’ve found it, you can book your hotel and take your vacation days.
Don’t buy on the spot insurance for one single trip. It is going to cost you a lot more money than if you take out an annual multi-trip insurance policy. Do this if you know you’re going to travel outside the country at least two times in one year.
One of the most common and predictable ways you end up paying more is through airport luggage. You think everything’s in order until your luggage is weighed and are hit with a baggage fee. Avoid that by weighing you luggage before you leave home.
If you really want to save money on travels, then we suggest that you do not travel in-season. Yes, the weather is great, but the prices are the same, also. We’re not suggesting you go to Portugal in the dead of winter (although I’m sure it’s nice). What we’re suggesting is to try to travel just right before or right after a peak season. The prices are low, the weather is still nice, and the crowds are much smaller.
The major cities of the world will offer free walking tours for tourists. This way you can accomplish a few things. You can enjoy the city’s highlights, culture, and history. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the locals and have a great work-out. Make sure you get enough water and wear comfortable shoes. If you get tired, you can always say good bye to the guide and go and have a beer.
Europe has a complex rail pass system that will make traveling in between countries cheap as dirt. We’re exaggerating a bit, naturally, but if used properly, a pass like that will help you save hundreds of dollars. Did you know that in Australia you can save up to 70% if you buy a pass?
Did you enjoy our tips on how to save money when traveling? Are you going to use any of them on your next trip? If you have anything you’d like to share with us, leave us a line in the comment section below.