10 Tips on How to Save Money on Travel
You have booked your seats, made reservations in the hotel and are ready to jump out of your comfort zone and travel to a fascinating place that is brimming with epic architecture, rich culture, breathtaking and iconic landmarks and gracious people. But whether you are traveling solo like me or your family is accompanying you, budget is always the primary factor that needs consideration when planning and preparing the activities and trips that you will be conducting in the foreign land because traveling can be really expensive if you aren’t armed with the knowledge of making wise and smart choices. Here are some of the essential tips that will assist you in keeping your budget under control and reining in your finances.
1. Follow the baggage rules:
It is important to abide by the baggage rules when you are traveling by air because airlines usually charge a bulky amount if your baggage exceeds the maximum weight limit.
2. Travel during the non-peak season:
Traveling during the peak times like during the summer vacations can be very expensive as everyone is trying to head off from their homeland to far-off places and the hotels and other travel expenses can be significantly hefty. So considering travel during the off-peak seasons like between April and May and between August and October can cut down on the hotel rates, airfare and other prices as they are greatly discounted.
3. Invest in package deals:
Try to invest in all-inclusive hotel deals so that you don’t have to think about your expenditure every time you want to indulge in any hotel activity. Moreover, many hotels and airlines proffer supplementary discounts and special prices if you are booking reservations online. Moreover, it is recommended that you keep an open eye on the fares even after you have reserved your booking because you can change your flight schedule if you stumble upon a better fare and get back your cash without being penalized.
4. Profit from the coupons and deals:
Many tourists are able to save huge bucks on their lodgings, food, hotel rates, touring landmarks and planning activities by using coupons. You can also start saving on your adventurous trip by rummaging for them in the newspapers, convenience stores, motels and sites and employ them at the appropriate time.
5. Take your own groceries with you:
Food costs can really add up on travel so tagging along handy grocery items like peanut butter, tea, oatmeal, sugar, coffee etc in your backpack and preparing your own tea, coffee or getting ready an instant meal for the kids or yourself can help in cutting back in your outflow.
6. Enjoy street food: Skip the savvy restaurants and eat from the local street carts and vendors as the food is cheap, yet delicious.
7. Omit the tours that necessitate a guide:
You can travel within your budget if you make way to the local attractions on your own instead of hiring a guide. This way you not only cut back on the cost of the trip but you also get to enjoy the landmark at a leisurely pace. Moreover, you can plan free activities like enjoying a waterfall or taking a hike in a National Park or trudging a bridge.
8. Take refillable water bottles along:
You can refill them at the hotel or the water fountain attractions and save significantly in the long run.
9. Invest in a Smartphone:
Carrying a Smartphone renders you with the advantage to benefit from free internet programs like Skype, Viber and Localphone if you want to call home.
10. Take a stroll:
Walking is a great way to mingle with the locals, sop up the culture and architecture and relish all the iconic landmarks. So walk and trudge along and save on the transportation expenses wherever you can.