Let’s face it, money does not grow on trees, and we are all tightening our belts and finding ways to save cash here and there, to make life a little easier. Because of this, certain things have to be sacrificed occasionally, such as half a social life compared to a full one, or perhaps cutting down on takeaways from time to time. Despite this, there are a few things which shouldn’t be sacrificed, and travel is certainly one of them.
In order to live a full and fulfilling life, travel should become a part of your existence; it’s a huge world out there, and you should explore at least some of it from time to time! With this in mind however, we can’t be gallivanting off to the far-flung corners of the globe constantly, because that money tree is still to be found. So, how can you travel and still live your life on a budget?
Luckily, there are a few ways you can do just that.
Book holidays out of peak season
If you constantly book your travel in peak holiday season, generally around July and August, then you are inevitably going to spend more money on your travel plans. Now, if you’re sensible, you can travel out of peak season but still enjoy fantastic weather, whilst avoiding the major crowds – it’s actually win win. May, June, September, and October are still great times to head away on holiday, and generally speaking the weather is still great, especially in June and September for most European holiday resorts at least. Less queues means you get to see more, and you won’t be as stressed as a result. You will pay much less and probably enjoy your holiday more.
Take advantage of deals on attractions
If there are certain tourist attractions you’re set on seeing, head online and look for deals to save money. You can often find 2 for 1 deals on some attractions, or look for the opportunity for a free download discount voucher for other must see places; money saved at this point is a major perk and leaves you with more to spend elsewhere, or even save altogether.
It goes without saying that you should shop around for any holiday deal, or perhaps even look to do a DIY break, that is booking your flight, accommodation, and transfer separately. This often saves money, and it’s a case of looking at different options and seeing which comes up cheaper. You wouldn’t make a large purchase for your house without checking out your options first, so apply the same thinking to your travel plans too.
Share accommodation/look at hostels
If you are planning on spending more time exploring your destination than you are in the comfort of your hotel, why not look at budget options. If your accommodation is basically a base then a hostel is a great way to save cash. Now, before you start thinking of the old dormitory-style hostels of old, stop right there! Modern hostels are more like budget hotels nowadays, and you can even request a private room in many of them for a low cost option. If you’re traveling as a group, you could even share the cost of a hotel room which charges per room, rather than per person, and split the cost between you.
Consider flying indirect
Flight options are a big way to save cash, because you can look at different ways to tweak your plans and keep money in your pocket. For example, if you find a flight which is indirect, i.e. it has a connection or two, and it doesn’t add too much time onto your plans, then why not go for it? If you save enough cash it could certainly be a worthwhile option.
As you can see, there are many ways you can save money, allowing travel to still be an important part of your life.