It’s almost that time: you are going on a trip. If you haven’t done so already, you should get to work and book your flight and arrange your accommodation. No matter where you are going, there are a lot of ways to save on travel costs. You can still enjoy a quality vacation while being mindful of your money. Cheap doesn’t always mean bad!
1. Booking your flight
It’s smart to fly midweek on a flight with stops instead of a direct flight in the weekend. Small changes like this can save you hundreds of dollars. You should also keep an eye on flight ticket websites, because the price of airline tickets can change from day to day. Want to save even more money? Then travel off-season. It’s not only cheaper, but there are also less tourists and in most cases the weather’s still nice.
2. Last minute or early booking
When you want to book your hotel or your flight (or all together) it is usually cheaper when you book very early or last minute. Though when you book last minute, you can’t afford to be picky, because not every hotel or flight will be available at that time.
3. Prepaid phone
Are you worried about a high phone bill? Stay in control of your expenses with a prepaid phone. If you normally use the payment plan on your new smartphone, maybe you can take one of your older phones with you! Most of us have at least one lying around. When you’re abroad, you can easily top up your phone credit online at www.Recharge.com.
4. Live like a local
Living like a local is always a great idea. You truly get to know the culture and people. Plus, it’s a great when you are on a budget. For example: take the local bus, consume local food, beer and coffee (at local cafés) and speak with the locals. You often get valuable tips from them and maybe you’ll be invited to dinner.
5. Food and drinks
During your trip you can make food and drinks as expensive as you want. The cheapest way is to buy products in the supermarket and cook yourself. But have you ever thought about eating street food from a food truck or booth? You can try regional dishes or go for fast food. Next to that, it’s better if you don’t use the expensive breakfast option that comes with the hotel (unless it’s included). There are other alternatives, such as regional markets or bakeries.
6. Transport on your trip
If you aren’t staying in one place during your trip, take the time to review your travel options. Do not take too many taxis, but take the train, bus or subway. It’s also fun to walk, so you can see a lot of the place. If you are traveling with public transport, it is wise to buy a rail, bus or metro card for several days. This is cheaper than single tickets. If you have a driver’s license, you can always rent a car.
Do you have another smart way to save on travel costs? Let us know in a comment below!