Hello there traveller 😀
On today’s topic: traveling on a budget!
In this blog I will give you a few tips for when you are traveling on a budget, so you won’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money!
Traveling on a Budget tip #1 – Book separate flights
So, you searched for hours on Skyscanner and Momondo, you did your online research and you checked with your local travel agency but you still weren’t able to find a good price for a flight… Well, try booking your flights separately, because this can save you a lot of money! A lot of destinations close-by your hometown are flown by many airlines in your region. Try to compare them and find the cheapest flight! Sometimes when you book a roundtrip, you pay more than if you book the flights separately. This is also the case for destinations a bit further away from you, but there is the chance that less airlines fly to this destination, so keep that in mind while searching.
Traveling on a Budget tip #2 – Win your holiday
For all my Dutchies (sorry): Groupon, HolidayGuru.nl and Vakantieveilingen are some great sites where you can win a holiday! You can participate in auctions on Vakantieveilingen and Groupon to win your holiday for cheap and HolidayGuru.nl posts contests online in order to win a trip. If you are not living in the Netherlands, try to Google for ‘win a holiday’ or ‘holiday auctions’ and who knows if you might win… Fingers crossed!
Traveling on a Budget tip #3 – Travel-off season
When you’re thinking about traveling spontaneously, go to your local travel agency and ask for which countries are in their off-season in order to avoid high hotel/plain ticket costs. Most countries still have many amazing things to do & to see in their off-season, and you will not be annoyed by all tourists whom are swerving around.
Traveling on a Budget tip #4 – Eat where the locals eat
Besides enjoying the authentic food and discover the local habits this is a great tip to save a lot of money. Restaurants know that when the holiday season start, they can raise their prizes and charge more than they usually do. Ask your hotelmanager or taxi driver where they like to eat, and try it out! Or try to leave the main streets and search in the side streets for some nice places. You will be surprised what you will find! Little side note though: if your hotel manager or taxi drivers tells you to mention that they send you, they probably work together with that particular restaurant or bar and that often means that the prices will still be high and you will find many tourists…
Traveling on a Budget tip #5 – DON’T book a hotel
Instead of looking for a hotel, try to book an apartment or look for home rental websites such as Airbnb or Craigslist. On these websites you can book an apartment or spend your holiday in someone’s house for cheap! Secondly, you (often) will have kitchen equipment included, so that means you can show of your cooking skills and cook your holiday meals yourself instead eating out every night. Be even more adventurous and go camping! Campings mostly cost a lot less than a hotel, but you do have to cook and clear for yourself. So if you’re up for a challenge or if you prefer nature’s beauty I would definitely recommend you to go camping.
Traveling on a Budget tip #6 – Go on a cruise!
Cruises can be very expensive, but not if you are the last passenger on board. No cruise ship wants to leave without all passengers, because less passengers means less money for them! Try to look for some last-minute cruises since these prizes will be most feasible to afford. Some tips for on board are: limit your drinking on board (since the alcohol prizes can be extremely high), avoid the specialty restaurants, plan your own excursions when going on shore and avoid the casino on board 😉
Traveling on a Budget tip #7 – Say yes to public transportation
Taxi’s can be very expensive, and if you are a tourist they sometimes even charge you more since you don’t know the exact route or the regular prices. So embrace public transportation and inform yourself at the bus- or train station about which options there are. Maybe you can better take a day pass than a roundtrip ticket, or perhaps walk a few blocks and pay less while doing some sightseeing.
Even if you’re not traveling on a budget, tips/recommendations are always welcome.
So, do you have some more good tips? Please share them in the comment section below!
Have your ever tried any of the tips I mentioned yourself?
How did you experience them? Please let me know I am so curious!
Looking for separate flights thanks to traveling on a budget tip #1?
Bookings are done here of course 😉