Travelling can be really expensive, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your money when it comes to travelling.
Book Using Private Browsing
Before looking up your ideal holiday location always clear your cookies or even go one step further and go on incognito mode. Websites have a nasty habit of monitoring what you’ve been quoted in the past, so you may end up paying more than you need to.
Stay in Hostels
Hostels are normally about the cheapest form of accommodation you can get (camping excluded). Not only do hostels give you a bed for as little as a couple of pounds per night, you can also get the full backpacker experience and atmosphere. If you don’t feel like sharing a room, there is always the option of booking a double/triple/quadruple room with the people you’re travelling with, technically giving you a room separate from all of the other travellers.
Take Free Classes
Many hostels offer free activities and classes to guests, so if it’s something new or interesting then you might as well try it.
Make Use of Free Food
Many hostels will offer you free food, and I’m talking about more than just breakfast. Some will even provide baked goods, BBQ, pizza nights and loads more. Make the most of these free meals when they are available.
Tourist traps can completely drain your wallet. Although they are interesting, there will be so many incredible things to see in the country that you’re visiting. Don’t just be drawn into the marketing ploy of some locations. Venturing away from these tourist traps may even lead you to find more incredible destinations, with far fewer people trying to see it!
Put Experiences Over Material Things
Instead of hundreds of souvenirs, collect and save everything you can whilst you’re travelling, tickets, napkins, wristbands and other touristy paraphernalia. This will not only help keep your suitcase light, it will also mean more as they will be a reminder of real-life experiences and memories.
Work in a Hostel
Most hostels need cleaners and reception workers and many will offer free accommodation for a couple of hours of work per day. This can be a great thing to do if you’re really low on cash. This may eat up a tiny portion of your day, but if you get free accommodation it may be worth it.
Book in Advance
It is extremely common for prices to go up as the time gets closer to the travel date. Booking travel and accommodation in advance will guarantee the best price.
Plan Around Off-Peak Travel Times
Always be aware of what time of year you’re travelling. Of course, everyone would love to go away for a summer vacation, but this is undoubtedly a peak time when it comes to travel. Various destinations also have slightly different tourist seasons, so do a little research before coming to a final decision. This will not only ensure a better price but will let you go to places when they’re slightly quieter, avoiding the busy hustle of people.