Don’t give up on your traveling dreams because you think the cost is too high. There are many tips you can use to cut costs and save so you can travel successfully on a budget!
Fulfilling all your traveling dreams or going on a much-needed vacation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. By using some key traveling hacks you can keep to a budget while you’re traveling so that your time to have fun and relax doesn’t break the bank.
1. Travel During the Off-Season
Fall is the best time to travel. During the fall time, the crowds at popular tourist locations decrease and so do the prices of hotels and plane tickets. Fall is a less popular time of year for famous tourist spots because the weather is colder, school is starting, and it’s just not the typical time period for people to take off for vacations. So if you do have time to kick back and relax this fall, take advantage of fewer crowds and better prices by traveling in autumn!
2. Use Sites Like Kayak
One of the best ways to travel is to plan ahead and thoroughly compare hotels and airlines. There are plenty of websites you can now use to easily compare prices like, Kayak, Expedia, and Trip Advisor. That way you can browse one place to find the best prices for everything you’ll need while you travel.
3. Use the “Explore” Feature
If you want to get out of town but you don’t have a particular place in mind, you can use the Explore section on Kayak.com. This feature allows you to see the cheapest flights from your location to different airports around the world. If you’re on a tight budget and you don’t know where to go, the explore feature also allows you to choose the cheapest ticket it can find.
4. Use Airbnb
Once you get to your vacation destination, it may be difficult to find a cheap place to stay. Hotels are expensive and they can sometimes be out of the way and not very accommodating. So another cheap way to travel is by skipping the hotel altogether and using a site called Airbnb. Airbnb is a website that allows smaller bed-and-breakfast-type locations to show their accommodations and rates. Choose from a private house, apartment, room, or a shared space. Find the option that is best for your budget, as well as the best location and near the necessary transportation you need.
5. Stay at a Hostel
One cheap option that you won’t see on Airbnb is a hostel. Some people automatically rule this option out, because they want more privacy. However, hostels actually do offer smaller, private rooms for decent rates. Often they are in much better locations in large cities than small bed-and-breakfasts on Airbnb. They also usually offer free wi-fi and continental breakfast in the morning.
6. Go Camping
Make your trip an outdoors trip and save tons of money on travel and living costs. Instead of staying at an overpriced hotel, bring your camping gear and sleep under the stars! Instead of driving everywhere and spending tons of money on gas, take full advantage of nature trails and biking. You can even save on travel costs by making your trip a hiking trip, or by riding bikes where you’re visiting instead of bringing your car or paying for taxis or ubers.
Going on an outdoors trip can also be a great way to see beautiful sights and tourist attractions for free! A lot of nature parks and outdoor sight-seeing are free to visit, giving you a great vacation idea that won’t cost an arm and a leg to go see.
7. Compare Prices
When you’re going on vacation, compile lists of all the options you have to choose from. Compare total prices for each destination flight fare, housing accommodations, and additional transportation, as well as must-see tourist sights. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of prices and links to specific flights and lodgings. You may even be able to plan multiple vacations at one time.
Though vacations are fun, they are always better if you plan ahead. Be sure you check the weather before you leave in order to ensure that you pack appropriate clothing. And the trick is, do not overpack!