7 Different Ways to Plan Travel on a Budget
What is traveling to you? A chance to explore places, a trip to find yourself, visit your family and loved once, or it’s just a learning experience for you, to learn about different cultures, know different people, or for adventure and relaxing. The reasons are endless. But what comes first in our mind is ‘’ does my pocket allow another trip?” “Will it cost me so much that I will go broke for next few months?”
So the answers to your questions are just plan your trip. Make your travel on a budget. It is challenging to travel on budget, but travelling does not have to be expensive all the time if you do proper budgeting and proper research before going to your next destination. So here are some tricks and tips for you which will help you plan a holiday on a budget and save your money.
- Plan around off season-
If you plan a trip on a budget, prefer to off season, but also consider which country you are going to, as different country have different tourist season and off season. Do a little planning on the best time of your destination and then travel before and after these dates. Hostels and airlines also lower their prices so as to attract tourist during this time.
- Book flights well in advance-
It is fun to make instant plan, but if you are on budget, always remember to book flight ticket at least two months before the trip as prices go up as time get closer to your trip. Especially focus on return flights; running out of money abroad without a guaranteed ticket home is not a good idea.
- Stay in hostels
It is not required to stay in luxury hotels, suites or resorts when you are in your budget. Hostels are more wallet- friendly as compared to hotels and resorts. Hostels are not just lower in price, but give authentic backpacker atmosphere. And there are hostels like relaxing hostels, party hostels, exotic hostels, etc. Another advantage of staying hostel is you connect and meet different people and end up sharing transportation, dinner or trips in cheapest and the best accommodation.
Yes, proper packing makes a huge difference. Always pack every necessary thing you might need for the trip, so you don’t have to buy or shop from there. Common things like the medical kit, toiletries, flip flops, towel, as unlike hotel you will not get any complimentary these small things.
- Rent a bicycle or use public transport-
You can a bicycle when you need to travel a less. You can opt for public transport like buses and train for travelling further as they are cheaper than planes. Best you can walk as much as possible, this way will burn those calories, save some money and gets to know your chosen city better.
- Shop from local markets-
The local market will be easy to find and will be cheaper. You can have lunch there rather than going to an overpriced cafes or restaurant. Even hostels sometimes give access to the kitchen if you want to save a little money.
- Earn while you travel-
If you are able to and willing to, work. Some countries can issue a working holiday visa, which allow you to work certain type of jobs for a limited period of time. You can even freelance while travelling if you able to work. Earn extra cash and enjoy your trip also.
Lastly, you can choose a destination that fits your budget. You must think how much you want to spend on the trip and plan accordingly.