Everyone loves to travel. Many of us are reluctant to travel because of financial constraints. What we don’t often consider is how to travel on a tight budget.
These travel hacks will allow you to indulge in your passion for traveling, while saving your money.
Accommodation: More than 60% of travel expenses are incurred in accommodation. Craiglist and AirBnB are two great sites that can help you locate affordable places to stay. This will save you lots of money. TripAdvisor is a great app to help you plan your city tours and locate places.
Interacting With Locals: If you’re around locals, it’s a good idea. You’re likely to be scammed if you visit a place that only tourists frequent. You can make friends with local people by learning the language. This will allow you to interact more easily with them and may result in better deals for you than other tourists. If you want to make new friends, EatWith is the best place. You’ll be able to enjoy authentic dishes that are made in your own kitchen, and which are unique to the country where you’re visiting.
Using your Phone and Internet. When visiting another country, it is best to have an unlocked phone. SIM cards can be purchased in many countries at a very low cost. They allow you to stay connected with people all over the world and make international calls. To make international calls, and keep in touch with your loved ones back home, you can download free online calling applications. WiFi Finder allows you to locate WiFi hotspots within your area. You can save money by calling abroad from this internet.
Logistics and Packing:Unless you’re traveling for business, it’s best to travel light. Not only will you save on luggage weight, but you’ll also be able to save money on your airfare. Pack your clothes in a roll and fold them. You can store more clothes by rolling them and packing them. You can also ask your locals for recommendations on where to get laundry done at a low price. You should remember some important things when you travel. Send a copy of your passport, along with important documents such as insurance, to yourself and your loved ones.
Be open to receiving offers: A traveler said that he used to buy water bottles in Thailand for 15 Baht per bottle until he found a shop selling 6 bottles of water at 20 Baht. You can find bargains in many places. Instead of calling taxis at the airport, walk down Main Street and hail one as you go. This will help you save money since taxis are much cheaper than those at the airport. Don’t pay for a service, or buy something at the first sign. You can save lots of money by looking around.
Do you have any other hacks that you’d like to add? These are the ones that will help travelers save money while traveling around the globe. Please leave your comments in the section below.