Save that hard-earned dosh for the things that you’ll remember, it’s all about knowing what corners to cut. So, here’s a list of tips that’ll help to save you a tonne of cash, and still allow you to get the most out of your travels.
1. Travel with friends.
Although I love travelling solo, travelling with friends is much easier on the bank account. Sharing accommodation can cut costs in half, plus most activities are cheaper as a group. You can always share with people you meet along the way too, plus you make new friends, winning!
2. Do your research.
Knowing the value of things, be it accommodation, taxis (which I often avoid as they can be quite expensive), food, or clothing. If you know the actual cost, you can bargain it down. Often vendors try to con tourists, so don’t get caught out.
As I mentioned above, Taxis are expensive, and the costs add up substantially over your trip. Not only is walking great exercise (working off all those extra holiday treats!), it’s an easy way to save money. Plus, you get to see so much more of a city that you would otherwise miss.
4. Public Transport.
While public transport can be a little crazy in a foreign country, it is often half of the cost (if not less), than it would be to fly. So, if travelling long distances, opt for an overnight train or bus ride, also saving on a night’s accommodation. Although I would opt for the former, being the train is usually much more comfortable to sleep in. Most countries have their own public transport app, making it much easier to navigate from place to place, so make sure you do your research. But, if in doubt, ask a local. They really do know best.
5. Eat local.
Tourism destinations and restaurants charge a lot more than local, family-run
businesses. Trying new and local cuisines is one of my favourite things about
travelling. I also eat mainly vegetarian dishes, but that’s very much a personal preference. You would be surprised at how much it saves you. Plus, there are some places where they don’t necessarily have refrigeration, and if that’s the case, I’d rather not eat a lot of perishables.
6. Stay just outside of tourist destinations.
Accommodation on the outskirts of major tourist areas can save you over half the cost because they don’t generally don’t get as much business as the “touristy” areas. Never be afraid to negotiate, especially if you plan on staying for a while. Plus, if you stay further out from the popular areas, you have more to explore on your way into town, and you can escape all the hustle and bustle at the end of the day.
7. Make friends with the locals.
This is a big one. Not only have I made friends with some amazing people from all over the world, they are a wealth of knowledge. They can tell you all the best places to go, and often get it much cheaper for you. You have the added bonus of someone being able to translate for you if you don’t know the language.
8. Book through a travel agent.
Booking through a travel agent can save you a tonne of cash. They have access to information that the public doesn’t, as they are able to source it directly, much the same as booking sites. Travel agents communicate directly with resorts, hotels and flight companies to haggle for better prices. Which is why they can get you such great deals. Often giving you the option of paying in instalments, you can book ahead of time and score those early bird prices. Plus, they do all the legwork for you.
9. Working for board.
If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, WWOOFing gives you the option of working on a farm for board and meals. But, if farming isn’t your thing, try Workaway or Helpx. Same deal, exchanging a few hours of work a week for accommodation and board, except they have a broader range of work opportunities. These can include; babysitting, up-keep of properties, or cleaning and managing bookings in a hostel, to name a few.
Minimal working hours for free accommodation AND food, while leaving plenty of time to explore? Don’t mind if I do!
While this is not necessarily saving you money, it can save you a lot of hassle later on down the track if you find you are running low on funds. Making a realistic budget before you go, and sticking to it, will ensure you can get the most out of your holiday without financial concerns. In saying that, always make sure you have a solid backup plan. Sometimes you just can’t escape something untoward happening, no matter how much you plan your trip.
Cutting the right corners has saved me a heap of cash, whilst still allowing me to make the most out of my travels. People never talk about how exciting the bus ride was, or how much they loved the accommodation with the slightly tackier wallpaper. It’s always the experiences that we remember most fondly. The more you save on things that you won’t necessarily remember, the more you get to spend on the things that you will.
Source : Emily Durrance on Medium