Mummy says…Wouldn’t you love to travel the world without breaking the bank? (Who wouldn’t!) I love travelling and have some great tips that can help you travel on a budget anywhere, while saving huge amounts on commuting and living costs…
1. Rent Out Your Home (Partially)
If you are planning for a long trip, it might be a good idea to rent out a part of your home and make money while you travel. If you are worried about storage capacity to accommodate your belongings, you can always rent a storage facility cheaply and have your belongings moved there while you travel. This is a good idea to fund your travel expenses without spending a lot. This tip is from Denver storage units who operate a number of storage facilities. You can search for your local storage facility online.
2. Hostels vs. Hotels
The best way to travel on a budget is to eat, sleep, get around and basically live like locals. We often tend
to spend extravagantly while we’re traveling. Of course luxury hotel bed sheets, towels and facilities are a treat but you don’t need to end up spending all your money on accommodation.
The first step to live like the locals is to stay in hostels, instead of booking a 5 star hotel room. Apart
from saving you money, it lets you experience the local culture as well. What you get to experience by staying in a hostel is definitely going to be worth it. My eldest daughter found this when recently travelling around South East Asia.
Many hostels provide you with meals too, saving you even more on food. This means your spending on accommodation and food is minimal.
3. Book Ahead
I know that you can only book your hotels, trains and flight tickets once your holiday time is approved, but
this can negatively affect your budget, especially when you’re trying to travel on limited funds. So what can you do?
You can find amazing deals from travel agents online, saving you up to as much as three quarters of the brochure price. You can find these deals way in advance, or if you’re in luck, last minute. Keep looking for such deals at all times, but it is always wise to book tickets ahead of time as they usually end up cheaper.
To avoid guessing how much the meals in your trip might cost you, you can look at all inclusive packages and dining plans which can be great value.
4. Free Walking Tours
Travel costs within a city can take up a large amount of your budget. So why not limit them by taking free walking tours that you can easily find from your hostel or hotel, any travel agent, or simply by Googling the city walking tour map for your travel destination.
If there are no official walking tours you can always get a walking map and set off to explore yourself on foot.
5. Travel Off-Season
One of the best money-saving tips is to travel off season. You may believe that travelling during the peak season is the best thing, but you can make substantial savings by travelling off peak. How great to avoid jam packed flights and high priced accommodations and dining costs!
However, before you plan your off season trip, ensure that your travel destination has one! Going in extreme harsh weathers is not a good idea, as you may barely get to go out and enjoy your stay. Travelling off season can save you a lot of money on accommodation, activities and even commuting costs. The best part about travelling off season is no crowds!
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So you can experience the actual beauty of your travel destination without spending a small fortune.
Happy Travelling! Can you share any more tips to travel on a budget with me?