Want to go on your dream vacation? Or want to take an epic lifetime trip with your loved ones? You don’t have to be rich or super saver for the same, only you need some agendas or plans to plan the trip. Here’s how I do it. I love to travel and here are my 20 ways to save money while travelling the world.
When I travel to a new place, I prefer to eat like locals at the local shops instead of fancy dining. This practice helps me to cut my money and connect more with local people. For example, if I travel to a new city instead of Starbucks I prefer to have chay from a local tea shop while having a good conversation with them. It saves my pocket and helps me to know my neighbourhood.
This is one of the valuable tips, I always follow. When we travel to a place in peak season or festive season the food, stay and commute cost would much higher than in the offseason. Also, the trip value or satisfaction won’t be great due to the high crowd.
The best way to save money (which I did on my Australia trip) to avoid cab and start using your legs. Walk as much as possible to cherish the locality and get the vibes. Also, most countries provide travel cards that can be used in any local transport like bus, train, ferry, metro, and all. Research before you go to a new place and buy the transport card accordingly.
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Airbnb, couchsurf these are very common words these days where you not only can get good deals for the stay but also get the opportunity to stay with local and know the culture well. I stayed hostels before and trust me the bond I have made with other roomies are priceless.
What I generally do when I travel, I prefer to have a big and tummy full brunch instead of breakfast and lunch which helps me to wake at noon and save some extra bucks too.
In most cases, hotels provide minibars full of wines, beers, food, chocolates and mineral waters. Intake those according to your pocket as in most of the cases these are on extra charge(which basically are pretty costly). To avoid late-night snacking at hotel rooms.
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If you are planning for your dream vacation, it is advisable to start saving from scratch. Trust me, it will save you from the last-minute crisis. Make it a habit, make it real and you will see the result at the end.
There are tons of museums, churches, parks and amusement zones available in every city and you can avail them without spending any penny. Do your research, as some paid zones also provide free access on certain days. Some zones also provide corporate, student discount so if you fall for any of those categories utilize your power.
It’s important to work your ass off as money is very important for every case. Either you travel or go out or shop anything. So pick a job, work extra hours or work some freelance work to save money for travel.
I have a full-time job and apart from I earn from freelance work (blog, videos, social media) to fulfil my travel thrust.
Different types of countries have their own festivals and special days. If you sign up for travel newsletters of different airlines, hotel chains or country tourism newsletters you can easily crack the special deals which they often publish on their newsletters. These hacks are really very useful and budget-friendly.
It’s ok to have alcohol or smoke sometimes but refrain from the addiction. Trust me, alcohol or any other addiction not only harmful for your body but also very expensive to maintain. Save that money for your travel and travel more miles with that money.
This can help you to prevent buying waters from the shop and also save mother nature from plastic. Carry a reusable bottle is always advisable while travelling which is sustainable and responsible.
Keep track of your spending while saving money on a monthly or weekly basis. It is important to understand that savings only can not save you from a long term travel plan and you need to work on your spending too. Buy the stuff you only need.
We generally spend money on food while having dinner or lunch outside. If you really want to save money for travel, you need to practise cooking at home which not only saves all those service charges, tips but also create a healthy lifestyle side by side.
Start practising turn down switches of fan, ac and light when you are not available in the room. Unplug gadgets when not in use. Start implementing these small habits in your daily lifestyle and you will see the result on your utility bills.
If you are a die-hard fan of GOT, Money Heist or other series available on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hotstar then consider making a group of friends or family and setting up a family account of the online binge-watching sites. You’ll cut down considerably on how much you’re spending every month if everybody agrees to contribute a few dollars to the same account month wise.
There is a proverb said that give your society back whenever possible. Try local brands for food or souvenirs instead of branded shopping. It is budget-friendly and also a nice initiative to support locals while travelling.
Have you ever considered working while travelling to make some extra pennies? There are lots of sites that provide remote part-time or freelance works. Also, if you have some unique skills like teach English, play music or cooking skills you can exchange your skills with free food or stay.
It’s amazing if you can share meals with your fellow travellers and do a contribution on the bill! Everyone needs to eat, and many of the people you’ll meet at hostels or while travelling will be in the same position as you — they’ll need to eat on a budget. So, go ahead and ask them for group lunch or dinner and save money while making friends for life.
Small notes remind us how much we have to spend on any shopping or Caffe. In any foreign country, every currency has different values. So, keep the changes and keep different types of notes to avoid mistakes. Carry an extra credit card for the safer side.
If you are travelling for a long time span with a layover in between trying to take a long layover so that you can cover the layover country too. Few countries offer free tour (Changi airport provides free Singapore tour without any cost or visa).
Also, if you are covering two places via train or bus, then use night bus or train to save your day trip and also night hotel charge.
So, when are you planning for your next trip?
Let me know if you want to add some more points…