We all want to travel the globe but how can we when travel is so expensive? Simple, travel with budget in mind and you can stretch your dollar to the max. Here are some easy and simple tips to traveling on a budget and getting the most out of your vacation.
Learn about currency
When traveling to foreign lands, the currency conversion can really screw people over, especially if you don’t know what stuff should cost. Knowing what normal stuff costs like taxi fares and groceries will save you money and frustration. But mainly it will keep you from getting ripped off, which is very common. Travelers often have no idea how much a cab ride from the airport to a resort should cost so they usually over pay.
A luggage scale is a cheap buy that can save you huge in baggage fees. If you are anything like my wife and constantly over pack, you need a luggage scale. You could just learn to pack light but we all know that’s crazy talk.
Prepare your own food
Eating out every meal really adds up and can make a cheap vacation turn into a budget buster quickly. When I travel I tend to eat out only a few times and make lunches and breakfast on the go. This will save you major bucks and make the meals you eat out much more special.
Bring water filter
A good water filter can save you money and keep you from getting sick. Water isn’t always the same everywhere you go. In many third world countries the water isn’t as clean as more developed countries, so you may get sick drinking the water.
Buy a nice water filter and a refillable water bottle to save you big bucks and keep you from spending the entire trip on the toilet.
Comfy walking shoes
Choosing the right shoes for your trip is essential, so make sure they are comfortable and suitable for the terrain you will be walking on. Basically don’t pack flip-flops if you are going to a cold area or don’t pack high heels if you are going to the jungle. Walking will not only allow you to see more of the area you are traveling but it can save you money on taxis.
Airports allow you to travel with food so pack a lunch, some snacks and keep your wallet in your pocket. I’ll bring plenty of snacks in my carry-on because food at airports is ridiculously overpriced. I’m not telling you to bring your entire pantry full of food but instead just bring some snacks and maybe a sandwich.
Check fine print
Always check the fine print especially with airlines and hotels, they will try and sneak charges past you. If you want to save big bucks on your trip, make sure you aren’t getting screwed in the process.
Hotels and resorts are quite expensive so maybe look for alternatives to the standard hotel room. Websites like AirBnb.com and Couchsurfing.com have made travel much more affordable. Hostels are also great ways to save money. Think about it, you don’t go on vacation to spend time in your room, all I need is a nice bed and a shower and I’m a happy camper.
Alternative modes of transportation
Airplanes aren’t the only way to travel and usually are much more expensive over alternatives. Trains, busses and boats are often cheaper and more of an adventure so find your alternatives to airplanes.
Flexible with flights
Be flexible with your travel schedule and your flights won’t be so expensive. Certain days are cheaper to fly than others so figure that out and save mucho dinero.
Chose a budget friendly destination
Paris is expensive so instead maybe check out Croatia, both cool destinations but one will break your budget while the other is budget friendly.
Travel for cheap isn’t as hard as it used to be, so get out there and find your adventure on your budget.