It is always nice to travel and experience new things in a new place to stimulate your ins and your senses. However, traveling has never been a poor man’s hobby. But that was before.
Now, both local and world travel has taken a different turn. Traveling is no longer an extravagant activity exclusive to the affluent. There are now more than enough ways to get you all set and ready to fly to a far-away destination. All it takes is some careful planning.
Here are five helpful budget travel suggestions:
1. Search For Budget Locations
A vacation in Poland will cost a whole lot cheaper than a trip to France. So try to evaluate what you really want to get out of your trip before you plan it.
Do you want a beach escapade, a historical adventure, or a cultural experience? Once you have defined what you really want, pick the destination that can hand you that experience in the cheapest package.
2. Plan Way Ahead Of Time
Much like the early bird gets the worm, those who plan their trip early get the best rates. Low-cost seats on an airline, off-season hotel room rates and free attraction tickets aren’t available year round either. So plan your trip at the right time and reserve your spot early.
Your chances of getting the best deals in town are much higher if you book months ahead of schedule. When seats, rooms or tickets begin selling out, the price of the remaining tickets always go up.
3. Set A Budget
Before planning your trip to determine how much money you want to spend on it. Look at your savings, your debt and your monthly income to determine how much of a trip you can afford.
Once you come up with a dollar amount be sure not to exceed this amount. Take into account transportation costs, hotel stay, food, souvenirs and attractions. Then factor in a couple hundred dollars more for “miscellaneous”.
When you say budget travel, you have to learn how to let go of some of the frills and perks that you’re used to. So instead of booking a car rental service, use public transportation instead. Instead of a guided tour, try a do-it-yourself sightseeing trip.
4. Travel In Groups
There’s nothing more affordable than a bill split four ways. So instead of traveling as a couple, find a set of friends with whom you can share the experience (all the expenses) with.
If you book with the travel agent they may be able to give you a better discount by ordering more tickets. You can also join an existing group to qualify for even better rates.
5. Connect With Friends
There’s no better way to find the best travel deals than with the help of a local. If you know somebody living in the city you that wish to visit, contact him or her and ask for suggestions. Having an insider’s access to where you’re going makes your travels much cheaper and more fulfilling.
If you don’t know anyone in the area you can look for local deals on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. Just change location to the city you’re traveling to and your find deals that were meant for locals.
Do you have any other methods to travel on a budget you want to share?