One of the reasons most people say they can’t travel? They believe they can’t afford it. But with some smart financial choices before you book your trip, and some savvy tips for while you’re on the road, you’ll be able to travel more often and for longer.
Here’s how you can save money while travelling:
Know your apps
There are so many helpful apps just waiting to be downloaded onto your phone or tablet before you go travelling. Some of the best help you get your money under control and your expenses on track while you’re traveling. The best spending tracker app will be the one you commit to using, so spend a little time using the app and you’ll be surprised how much money you save.
Another option is to choose an apple travel expense app, or even a Google play best money organiser instead.
See what’s free
With a little research, you’re likely to find plenty of free activities wherever you’re traveling. Look for free walking tours (you’ll probably just need a few dollars for a tip), or do your own self-guided walking tour to get to know the city. Lots of museums have days with discounted or free admission, and you can also check out community Facebook groups and calendars to see what’s on in town.
Make some meals
If you can, booking a room with a microwave, refrigerator and/or a kitchen area is a great opportunity to save money. Breakfast is so simple and easy, just buy some toast and a spread or some cereal and milk and you’re ready to go. If you find that the portion sizes in the restaurants are too large you can always take half back to your room with you and heat it up the next day, or even cook a quick dinner if you’re having an early night.
The more flexible you are, the more money you’ll save. If you’re not on a tight schedule, you can often choose the best times for flights, buses, and trains. If you don’t mind spending some time in an airport, you can also find super cheap flights with long layovers.
Travel off season
Whenever possible, avoid the crowds and over-the-top prices by traveling in the off season. Even the shoulder season is guaranteed to ensure you have more room at key attractions and don’t need to spend all day waiting in line. Hotels and flights will be cheaper, and you’ll have much more to choose from.
Create a budget
There’s nothing worse than arriving home, only to check your bank account and see that you’ve spent way too much money. You can avoid this by creating a budget and sticking to it. Do some research before you go to your destination so you can get an idea of how much money you’ll need each day. Then you can decide what’s important to you and where you can cut corners to save money.