We all have those countries we’d love to visit. We call them bucket list locations: places you really want to go, but know you won’t be able to afford easily. They’re special, but that usually means they aren’t cheap. So, how do you make it happen?
These tips will help you travel smart and save money as you go.
1. Look for deals
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Look out for deals at certain times of year that might allow you to save on your flights or accommodation. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times to grab deals, and you can also find them during Christmas and Summer sale events.
2. Travel off-peak
When the busy season is over, lots of hotels and travel companies will drop their prices. Be aware that in some cases this may mean that not all of the usual attractions are open, so do your research beforehand. However, when you can go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go at a fraction of the usual price, the payoff may be worth missing a few things!
3. Walk around
One of the biggest costs of your trip, particularly if you go for a city break, is likely to be transport. Getting around a city can quickly become expensive, whether you use the local subway system or rely on buses, overground trains, or taxis.
Cut down the costs by simply walking everywhere that you can. Even if you need a ride into the city center in the morning, aim not to get any more transport before you head back at night. This means you get to see more of the city around you, and to appreciate how each neighborhood or borough might be different. You’ll probably be surprised at how much of the average city is within easy walking distance when you actually try it.
4. Shop for food
Instead of going out to restaurants and bars every night, cut your costs by shopping at a local supermarket or street food market and taking food back to your room. It might not be as atmospheric, but it can cut your food and drink spend in half – or more, depending on what you go for. Hot food is still possible in most hotels, as they will have a kettle in the room. Some may also be equipped with a microwave. You could also opt for accommodation which includes a kitchenette to be even more self-sufficient.
5. Find free attractions
Everywhere you go, there are bound to be expensive places to get into – usually the tourist hotspots. But do you really need to do those things? Why not look around and see what else is on offer for free? Often you can dive into the real culture and art of the area by simply going to free art galleries, watching street shows, and so on.
6. Choose less traditional accommodation
Hotels can get expensive, so why not rent a room like a person staying in the city instead of being a tourist? This is a great way to save money, and get that kitchenette you need to cook everything. You might even be able to save enough to rent a room in an actual house.
7. Be in it to win it
Search around on the internet for competitions relating to the place that you want to go. It’s a long shot, but who knows? You might end up winning an all-expenses trip to the location of your dreams!
Use all of these ideas to get your holiday as far inside your budget as possible, and you’ll see success!
This is a Guest Post by Alana Downer. Alana is a financial blogger, a productivity freak, and an avid traveler. Whenever not working, Alana might be found online, sharing her financial tips with both businesses and individuals.
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