Save money on your travels. My top 7 tips!
I used to think travel was expensive, but after travelling far and wide I've come to realise that my first few trips were only expensive because I allowed them to be. Travel can be super affordable if you organise yourself accordingly! here are 7 of my best money saving tips;
1. Eat locally
The locals don't pay extortionate prices to eat out and niether should you. In city centres and main hubs restaurants will up their prices simply because they can. To find cheap and even better, authentic food you need to explore outside of busy tourist areas. It might take half an hour of searching but trust me you will find a local hotspot and it will be totally worth the wait and the effort! Being frequented by locals places like this aren't likely to have menus in English & no doubt you'll experience a language barrier when ordering, but that's the essence of travel isn't it?! If you don't think so then I'm not sure why you ever left home...
2. Stay in apartments
Staying in hotels is not only expensive but it's also super boring! I'm a big advocate for staying in apartments. You save loads on eating out because you're having breakfast at home and if you choose, lunch and dinner too! I usually have breakfast and dinner at home while I'm travelling and i'll eat lunch out. Even better in my opinion is that when you stay in an apartment you're living just like a local. Try Airbnb - it's brilliant. If you book through this link I'll recieve a small commission and I'll love you forever! www.airbnb.co.uk/c/meganw6694
3. Book flights early & watch for price fluctuations
Booking flights is one of those things which you sometimes win and sometimes lose, it's a gamble! There are ways you can increase your chances of snagging the best deal though. Even so, it's impossible to know exactly when to get the cheapest flight. I find booking on a Tuesday helps, I have no idea why! but I've watched many flights, some of them for up to two months and they tend to go up in price on Wednesdays or Thursdays and then on Tuesday they drop down, this obviously isn't always the case but i've noticed it enough that it's worth mentioning. Obviously you need to book early aswell, especially when you're travelling on budget airlines because they increase their prices as seats are sold so the first people to book get the cheapest deal!
4. Stop buying shit you don't need
When I was younger I used to travel to Thailand once a year and on those trips I'd buy so many clothes! looking back now it was utterly ridiculous and I'm sure I never even really liked nor wore half of it but it was cheap and therefore hard to resist. I would have saved hundreds if I'd had a little self control and not bought anything on those trips, it's not like I needed it! I had a wardrobe full of clothes at home. Not only would I have saved a whole bunch of cash but I'd also have had more time to spend enjoying authentic Thai experiences. This isn't to say that shopping in Thailand's street markets isn't a unique cultural experience - it totally is! but it's one I wish I hadn't felt the need to have everyday. Buy one or two things as keepsakes/reminders but don't go overboard.
5. Use public transport
When you're in third world countries this doesn't apply - in that case tuk tuk's or taxi's will be dirt cheap. In the western world though taxi's are incredibly overpriced! Public transport will still cost but it'll be far cheaper, particularly buses. It's not as convenient sure, but think of the stories you'll have to tell!
6. If you MUST party do it at hostel bars
If you're trying to budget hardcore partying really should be off the table! But if you're young it's one of those things you're drawn to right? and if i'm honest some of my best stories have come from druken nights out abroad! so if you can't resist a night out on the booze at least make sure you do it where the drinks are guaranteed to be dirt cheap - hostel bars.
This one should be pretty obvious, but then again i didn't do it when i first started travelling so who am I to talk! Budgeting is probably the most effective way you can save money on your travels, it simply means that you set a daily limit for how much you can spend and you DON'T GO OVER IT! there's no point having a budget if you aren't going to stick to it. Travelling through Western Europe my budget has always been £40.00 a day, I could have survived on less but when you take into account tourist atttractions it's about right. In other parts of the world like Asia and Africa you could survive on far less, £20.00 a day would be more than enough. It's ok to go over the budget if you need to, you obviously don't want to miss out on once in a lifetime experiences! but if you do, try to spend less the next day so you break even.
I hope this saves you a few dollars friends!
What are your best money saving tips when you're on holiday? Share in the comments!
Over & out x
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