If your budget is tight but you’re desperate to head away this year, then don’t stress -there are a few ways you can cut costs for your holiday so that you can get away even if you’re on a budget. Whether you’re going away as a family, on a romantic trip, or even a trip with a bunch of friends, there are a few quick hacks you can do to cut down your expenses. You can easily book a tour to make use of the buying power that tour companies have when they buy on behalf of hundreds of clients.
1. Book in Advance
If you book everything in advance, you’ll simply have more options to choose from meaning you’ll have more options to choose from and you will be able to find something better suited to your budget. This extends to flights too. I find as a general rule, booking flights at least 3 months in advance will allow you to find the best prices. You can even set up flight alerts to find the best deals to where you want to go.
2. Consider Heading Somewhere Cheaper
Depending on where you live, it may make more sense to spend a little more on airfares and to go somewhere that’s cheaper to be so that your travel costs while there are lower. For example, if you’re based in the United States it could make sense to spend a little more on flights and visit Mexico or Guatemala where your money will go further, than traveling around the United States where travel costs are relatively high. Likewise, if you’re in the UK you may find it cheaper to visit Asia than to go elsewhere in Europe. Spending a little more on flights go somewhere much cheaper can be a smarter decision. Check out these great Bali deals to get some more inspiration.
3. Eat Where the Locals Eat
Often you’ll find yourself on the tourist route: eating only in restaurants that have menus in English, the ones that have TripAdvisor signs on the doors and seem to be printed in all the Lonely Planet editions. While there’s probably nothing wrong with that, you’ll quickly find that food costs tend to be one of the most expensive costs when you’re traveling. Learning to cut costs on food while on the road, while still experiencing a country’s cuisine and without getting an upset stomach is a fine art – but once you master it, you’ll see a whole other side to where you’re visiting. Pay attention to where the locals eat, don’t be afraid of street food so long as it’s hot and freshly prepared and be adventurous! You never know where your taste buds will take you!
Traveling is one of life’s greatest adventures. Hopefully with these tips you’ll be able to save a little so you can travel more often.