Travelling and seeing the world is something that should be done by everyone who can. There is so much to see and explore, so many different cultures to immerse yourself in and so much food to try. So when you’re travelling but don’t have a big budget, how can you save money?
Here are the many ways you can make travelling more affordable.
Use apps to find cheaper travel
One of the many perks of social media in our lives is that we now have apps and websites that can help us find cheaper flights than just going directly to the airline company. When picking a destination, use services like Skyscanner. Skyscanner is a website that collates together all of the flights on offer and at various times. This saves plenty of time going from airline to airline and comparing them yourself. You can change the dates if you’re flexible and increase or decrease the number of changeovers.
For some flights, tracking is useful as you may find that some dates of travel reduce or increase at different points prior to flying. Whenever you travel, make sure to take advantage of any air miles that might be on offer. They can end up going towards a free trip in the future.
Pick the right season for the destination
Destinations can operate accordingly to the season. Some places may have downtimes, where it’s extremely quiet, and therefore prices might be lower. It’s always worth checking where is best to go when you want to save money. You may be surprised and end up exploring somewhere you never expected to visit.
For example, some islands in South East Asia have a high season and low ones. During the low season, businesses will close to refurbish in preparation for the busy period, but that means that some hotels and other accommodation may offer cheap deals to entice tourists and not to mention all the tourist spots will be much quieter.
Shop around for cheap accommodation
When deciding on your accommodation, it’s worth shopping around. Hostels can be much cheaper than staying in a hotel and services like Airbnb can find you a house for rent in Singapore or a Central Park apartment in New York. There are now so many opportunities to find places to stay for less. House sitting or exchanging can also be great if you know anyone within the country you’re visiting, so it’s certainly worth asking your Facebook friends if they know of anyone who’d offer their home to you for a short while. To save even more money on accommodation, hybrid campers are also a great way to travel around without leaving too much of a carbon footprint.
Being flexible can also help with saving money. From the dates you can travel to the destination, being flexible widens the net. Have a rough idea of what you want from your holiday. Do you want somewhere cold or would you prefer a hotter climate? Consider any activities you want to do and anything, in particular, you’d like to see. You might want a destination with lots of outdoor sports available or a place that’s full of historical monuments and museums to explore.
By taking all these things on board, you may be able to enjoy a fantastic trip without breaking the bank.