Most people want to go on adventures. They want to see certain sites in the world, and they would love to experience certain cultures. If you are one of those people, then you may want to do all of these things but may be sitting home because your bank account isn’t healthy enough to fund the adventure. However, there are ways to get past the usual high cost of a trip to another country. Below are five tips to cut down on the cost and enable you to enjoy more sites and cultural experiences.
One of the first things to remember is to plan ahead. If you want to travel, you need to be thinking of the trip in advance – as much as a year if possible. This is important because travel is cheaper if you make reservations far in advance of the time when you want to fly or stay at a hotel. Pay careful attention to every detail of your trip, planning as much out as possible. Also, it is a very good idea to get any discount codes and deals that you can find. Adding yourself to groups and lists for deals is a good way to find savings you never would have seen otherwise.
Another great tip for traveling is to consider staying somewhere other than a fancy hotel. Hostels are cheap alternatives, where you take care of your own bedding and share a bathroom and typically sleep in the same room with others. However, if you research them and are careful, you can find a reputable hostel that is safe and allows you peace of mind while you sleep.
It is also wise to think about location and the target demographic of the lodging you have chosen. If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, you might want to get a hotel that is outside the city and main tourist area. This will make it cheaper, even if you factor in transportation costs. You will be able to spend more on seeing what you want to see, and you won’t miss anything because you won’t be in your room much of the time anyway. It is also a good idea to find a hotel that caters to the business trade and arrange to stay there on a weekend. They usually offer deals just because the room would otherwise be empty. You can also easily find and reserve campgrounds anywhere you travel in the US.
There are other options to think of when you are trying to save money. Instead of a hotel or even a hostel, consider options like renting a home from the owner or sleeping on someone’s couch. If you can find the opportunity, why not take advantage of it?
Traveling In The Offseason
Yet another thing to consider is to travel to a specific destination in the off-season. Rather than visit during big festivals or the most popular time of year, consider visiting a country when most other people are not thinking of a trip there. It can be fun and educational while putting a much smaller dent in your budget. There will also be less people trying to do the tourist attractions which means a less hectic travel experience for you.
Ross Cameron is a full-time day trader and owner of Warrior Trading which he founded in 2012 as a live trading chat room emphasizing education and idea generation. In 2014, he began teaching day trading classes, taking a break in 2015 to write a best-selling book How to Day Trade, which can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers. Day trading allows Ross to travel and bring his work with him. Today he continues to trade in his chat room and teach trading courses, and lives with his family in Vermont.