Travelling offers some of the best experiences in life. It's all about exploring new things and making memories. But, money can become a big concern when you think of a trip. If you do not plan your trip smartly, you will end up burning a hole in your pocket. Nothing feels worse than running out of money halfway through a holiday and feeling like your trip is ruined.
Check out these simple tips that could help you save money the next time you travel:
Book Tickets Well In Advance
Whenever you plan a trip, always book your flight or train tickets well in advance. The closer you get to the departure date, the more expensive they will be. If possible, book three or four months in advance to get the best deals. Obviously this isn't always possible and plans can change but if you have a good idea of what you are doing, then book ASAP.
Use Public Transport
When you reach your destination, travelling in the city can also be expensive. Local transport is your saviour. Avoid taxis as they can spot a tourist from a mile away and will charge you more.
Sleep and showering are the two most important factors when you are in a city. Look for cheaper accommodations that provide you with these facilities at an affordable price – you'll be too busy exploring to want to spend much time in your accommodation anyway. Websites like Airbnb that give you an option of homestay or room share are great for saving money and getting to know more about the place you're staying in.
Go In Groups
Whenever you plan a trip, consider travelling with family or friends. When you travel in a group, you share the cost of accommodation, and you might get a group deal for entry to museums and other attractions. And the most important part, you always have someone to take your photos!
Travel During Off Season
Going to a place during off season saves a lot of money. From accommodation to food, everything is cheaper during this time, plus, fewer people means that it won't be as busy. Less queueing is always a bonus!
Do Not Hire An Agency To Plan Your Travel
Spend some time and do detailed research on the place you are planning to visit. Research about the hotels, food, places to visit, etc. If you use an agency, they might not be able to find you the best deals as they'll have affiliations with hotels and airlines, or they could charge you for their service.
Save Maps Offline
Save all your maps offline on your phone. This way you save your time and money if your internet fails anytime and you get lost.
Save On Shopping
Everyone loves shopping. But when you travel, prioritise. Instead of hitting the high street or local mall, make the best of your time by exploring free exhibits and attractions.
These tips are sure to help you the next time you plan to go on vacation!