Are you spending your free time lurking on social media for images of destinations, dreaming of an adventure you’ll go on someday?
When wanderlust is calling your name, it’s tempting to pack your bags, book a flight, and go. Unfortunately, it might be your bank account that’s telling you no.
Your dreams of traveling might be putting pressure on your pocket, but there are many ways to go on and enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. Here are some tips for when your budget is tight:
Planning Your Trip
Taking time to properly organize your trip-knowing where to go, how to get there, and what to do will help you minimize unnecessary expenses during your travel. You don’t need a detailed itinerary, just a clear-enough idea of where you’ll be going and how much you’ll be spending.
There are plenty of websites that can help you create an itinerary. You can also ask your friends for recommendations.
Planning your trips in the off-season means fewer crowds and better deals for travel, accommodation, and entertainment. Flights may also be cheaper on certain days. Use websites that check airfare prices across different airlines to find a great deal.
Joining a Tour
If you want to go someplace specific, consider booking a tour instead of planning the trip on your own. Whether you’re in Alaska or Seoul, there is an abundance of travel companies that offer vacation packages. They usually include accommodation, transportation, and a few meals, helping you reduce your expenses.
Sticking to Your Budget
Whether you decide to book a tour or make your own itinerary, you want to make sure that you stick to your budget. Here’s how:
- Food: Eat at local restaurants and street food stalls instead of high-end restaurants. A restaurant packed with locals is usually a sign that it offers delicious and affordable food.
- Transportation: Take public transport instead of a private car or a taxi. You can also rent scooters or bicycles. If your destination isn’t far away, take a walk and enjoy the scenery.
- Accommodation: A hostel or guesthouse will typically have you sharing a room with other people, but at a lower cost than booking a room in a hotel. You can also rent an apartment or an Airbnb if you’re traveling with a group. If you have friends or relatives living in your destination, ask if they can house you during your stay.
- Instead of shopping at boutiques, buy your souvenirs at local markets. Be ready to bargain to get the item at the price you want.
- Many tourist attractions offer free entrance. Be on the lookout for museums and galleries that provide discounts after certain hours.
Carry only the essentials. A carry-on backpack helps you avoid checked luggage fees. It’s also easier to carry around when you’re going. Make sure to pack your documents in a separate belt bag-in case you lose your bag, at least your passport is safe with you.
The idea that travel is too expensive is an age-old misconception. If you want to travel, don’t let a tight budget stop you. With determination and creativity, you can enjoy your trip without over extending your funds.