One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
- Henry Miller
This way of ‘seeing things’ has often been confused with the idea that you need to spend lots of money while traveling and on things that are not required. Although traveling CAN be expensive, it is not the be all and end all of things. What’s more important are the experiences we share with others.
I would be naïve to tell you that money doesn’t play a large part while traveling. But there is a way around this. Below are my personal tips how to save money before and while traveling so you can make the most out of your experience. Hopefully, it will also allow you to travel for as long as possible.
Plan Your Trip Properly
While traveling anywhere, it’s a necessity that you plan your trip beforehand. It is crucial to make sure to make your reservations months in advance since this will let you save money on plane tickets and more to spend on the trip itself. Try and plan where exactly you will be travelling, as this will save you lots of money. You may believe that this will take some of the spontaneity out of your trip. But this simply is not the case. In reality, you will be thankful for it. By doing your research, you will appreciate the destinations through your trip a little bit more. At the same time, it will save you money while traveling to the places you plan to visit since you can find which ones are free to the public and those that aren’t.
Look for Deals Online
Discounts and deals are a traveller’s ally. Make sure you look up if there are any discounts that you can get so you can save money while traveling. Look up voucher codes on the Internet as well.
Scour the Internet for free trip ideas. There are plenty of places you can enjoy while traveling. MyFamilyClub, for example, offers loads of free trip ideas for those traveling on a budget.
Do as the Locals Do
Going local can help you save money while traveling. Locals will know the cheapest and best places to visit. At the same time, it will enrich your travel experience since you’ll immerse in the true culture of the place.
Use Public Transportation
I wouldn’t recommend renting a car. Instead, take the train, bus, or whatever local transport is used in the place you’ll visit. Renting a car will make traveling easier for you, but it can also isolate you from the otherwise interesting experiences you’ll get from using the public transport. Don’t use taxis if you can manage because they can also be very expensive.
Opt to Stay in Hostels
Part of the fun of traveling is meeting new people. You get to meet some new and interesting characters while staying in hostels. The accommodations are also cheaper than hotels.
Do Your Own Cooking
Going out to enjoy the local cuisine is a must. But eating out every day will make you run out of money while traveling quickly. Hostels normally have kitchen areas where you can do much of your own cooking. For your day trips, bring some sandwiches you made. This is a cheap expense that will end up saving you lots in the long run.
Traveling is very much a personal experience. One should be encouraged to make whatever decisions they believe will enhance their own experiences. These tips will allow you save money while traveling so that you can spend it on what you really want.