Everyone has this dream of going to a wonderful place. It may be a simple wish to have romantic outing in Paris or a trek through East Asia. But, unless one has a lot of savings or comes into an unexpected inheritance, financing the trips is always an issue. Nevertheless, there are people who travel the world and in most cases they start with a minimum level of savings. How do they do it? How do they manage to travel so much and still maintain funds to keep themselves from going penniless. This is something which we have been researching on for some time. So, we have collected the best Travel Tips from some of the most experienced and upcoming travel bloggers from around the web. Here goes!
Seb Atkinson, from thetraveloid.com, believes that it isn’t only about choosing the right destination, but if you choose a suitable means of transport, savings can result from proper commuting options as well.
“If you are on a budget, take night trains wherever possible. They are usually not much more than a bed at a hostel, but crucially they make your trip more time efficient. Not only will you be making efficient use of the time you’re sleeping to travel, you’ll also free up time the following day that you would have used to take a flight or train.”
Can you really save money by being a bit more flexible with your schedule? Katie Hammel from tripcreator.com has a lot to offer on the subject:
Be flexible on your travel dates! I’ve saved as much as $500 round trip by adjusting my travel dates by just a single day. Also consider flying on unpopular days. I’ve also saved by flying back from a trip on New Year’s Eve instead of waiting until the next day.
Travelling on a budget is also about fast decision making about the locations which will suit you.
Be flexible with location as well. I wanted to go to Russia but couldn’t find a good deal. I ended up finding a great deal on a flight to Helsinki instead, so I was able to connect to Russia and I was able to add on Helsinki and Tallinn to my trip. It didn’t bring the overall cost of the trip down that much, once I accounted for travel from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, but I got more value out of my trip.
If you want to go even further, she suggests planning well ahead and zeroing in on the free days; or buying a city pass if you have the option.
If you’re into museums, always look to see if there are any free days offered. Or consider a city pass–just work out the cost of admissions for each place and then compare the total to the cost of the pass to make sure you are getting a good deal. Some passes also include free public transport.
Can you actually save money on and time on the global entry, Miles Abernathy from howyoucanflyfree.com is all in favor of the new government approved Mobile Passport App.
Load the new free, government-approved app named Mobile Passport on your smartphone to speed through U.S. Customs and save the $100 you could have spent on Global Entry. Log in after foreign travel to get a barcode that will let you bypass the long passport lines.
Kevin Barry from FrugalMouse.com is all in favor of using the air miles system offered by various airlines to your advantage.
Fly for free by signing up for airline credit cards to get free frequent flier miles. All airlines have branded credit cards that award frequent flier miles just for signing up for the card. After getting the free frequent flier miles, they can then be redeemed for free flights!
Stefanie Parks from thestavediaries.com says that it is all about cheap accommodation, eating local, and using the public transport systems.
Don’t spend a lot on accommodation. If you are an active traveler especially and you don’t use your hotel a lot to relax during the day, it’s not worth spending a ton of money on it. If you can stay in a cheap place like a guesthouse or a hostel, you’ll save a ton of money and it’ll also be easier to meet other travelers and make friends. You can even use sites like CouchSurfing to stay for free.
One of the best travel experiences is trying the local food in different countries. Not only will this help you learn more about the culture, it will help you save a ton of money. In Thailand, for instance, a local meal can cost as little as $2 per person, whereas a Western meal will cost around $10 per person. The local food is much cheaper and in our opinion, it’s better too.
When traveling shorter distances, try to take trains, buses, etc. instead of taxis. If you’re going a longer distance, try to take buses or shared mini vans instead of flying. It will take you a little longer to get to your destination, but you’ll get there much cheaper.
It isn’t only about finding the cheap accommodation; it is about finding the right kind of cheap accommodation says Sabrina Sucato from TheHolidayGirl.com.
Look for a hostel that provides breakfast. In many larger cities, hostels will often provide breakfast to guests free of charge. Read through hostel websites and reviews beforehand so you have a better idea of what is and isn’t included with your room fee. Also, just because the hostel website lists breakfast as an option, that doesn’t always mean that the food is free of charge.
You may have to lay down a few dollars to get access to the meal options. Of course, if the breakfast is free, you should definitely take advantage of it, especially if you are looking to save on food costs during your travels. While “breakfast” could be nothing more than a packaged croissant and tap water, it could also wind up to be a hearty buffet spread, complete with cereal, fruit, juice, and coffee. Either way, you’ll save on your first meal of the day.
But we all know that there are times you will have to stay at a hotel, Mark Wilcox from www.weddingintro.com makes an excellent point to cover this aspect, just read on.
Here is my tip:
Look for long-term stay hotels (example Residence Inn, Hilton Garden Inn) in business centers of big cities. They often have great locations (for example the Atlanta Residence Inn is 2 blocks from CNN Headquarters and a couple of blocks from MARTA). Because their bread and butter are business travelers, their rates usually are lower on weekends. And they often have their own kitchens. Thus, you can cook your own meals instead of having to eat out every night.
Speaking of business centers, there are many people who travel for Business a lot. If you are one of them then Charles McCool from McCoolTravel.com suggests that you should take every opportunity to go ahead and visit the place.
Savvy travelers can leverage business trips to explore destinations. Since the company has already paid airfare and lodging, once meetings are over, use your per diem meal allowance to eat where you want to. On your own time, non-work time, explore parts of the city away from the business hotels.
So, now you know how these people manage to travel the world and still not spend a fortune to cripple them financially. If you have been meaning to travel around then know that it doesn’t actually require exorbitant amounts of money. What it does require is careful planning and some time off. Take the time off from your work and visit that one place you have been meaning to travel to since childhood. You will find the experience refreshing and potentially life changing. And send us a few pictures as well.