10 Tips for saving money when traveling
Feel like traveling the world?
It can be less expensive than you think.
Let’s be honest, we all have an adventurous traveler spirit inside of us. Speaking for me, I would like to walk the whole wide world! But usually we don’t make the trips we want to because we think we lack time and money. However, it all comes down to planning. What we can do is travel more with less money. Here are 10 tips for saving money when traveling I’ve learned the hard way.
1. Timing. It’s all about timing and planning. Almost everything is more affordable prior to your arrival in the destination. Look online for everything you want to do and visit: book tours, park tickets, shows, hotels, air fares and other activities. I’m sure you’ll find good deals by buying in advance.
2. Schedule. Make a schedule or a to-do list for each day of your trip, but most important, stick to it. By doing so, you’ll figure out how much money you will need and you won’t make unnecessary expenses or lose time. Remember, time is money.
3. Daily Budget. This is a definitely a must do. Have in mind how much money you are able to spend every day and keep track of your expenses. This will help you save money for extra things to do or for another trip!
4. Air Fares. Besides buying in advance, make sure to compare airline prices. Saving money does not always mean sacrificing comfort. Some airlines only charge more due to publicity or airport taxes. There are many different websites that provide more affordable flights and compare fares for you. Also, try to visit websites on an incognito tab from your browser to avoid cookies saving your information, rumor has it that when you check the same flight rates several times, prices go up.
6. Food. One of the perks of traveling is trying the local food. Do not hesitate to spend on this, but do look or ask for places that will be worth the money you are spending. Try looking up reviews on TripAdvisor, Foursquare or Yelp. Be open up to new experiences and try something new and different.
7. Sightseeing. These boots were made for walking, so walk all over the place! That’s right, why spend money getting somewhere when you can walk for free and sightsee at the same time?
8. Where to stay. For me, sometimes it is best to live places as local people do. Instead of staying at hotels, which is mostly expensive, rent a nice apartment or a house, book a room on airbnb.com or even stay for free via couchsurfing.org, you’ll be amazed by all the gorgeous and unexpensive rooms you can find.
9. Taxes. If you’re traveling international, a lot of countries have programs to refund the taxes on your expenses, do your search and find out all you need and what kind of products or amount spent are eligible for refund.
10. Discounts. Discounts? Yes please! Be aware that there are a lot of discounts in all countries for children, students and seniors. But also look for coupons and special offers online or in printed guide books. Check if there are packages of activities that provide a specific discount when you purchase activities, tours and park access fees.
Please comment: Do you have any other travel saving tip? Tell us your experiences.