A lot of people wonder how can someone afford to travel in numerous countries or destinations in a year.
It’s a little envious to see someone on your Facebook timeline constantly traveling. Whereas you’re either at work trying to accomplish your endless tasks while daydreaming on an adventure or at home spending quality time with your family. You’re left there thinking: “How can someone afford to travel that much?”.
These people who travel a lot put travel first on their priority and goals in life. One can simply enjoy the beach in their hometown but collecting memories, experiences and learning other countries’ cultures and traditions from various destinations around the world outweighs any other.
If you’re having a difficult time stretching your budget and worrying about blowing your plans, here are wise ways to save on cash and make 2016 your “year full of adventures”.
This is usually where your heart sinks and dreams turn into ashes upon seeing the dates you plan on traveling will cost a hole in your wallet. It isn’t always the situation though.
Research out of the box.
- In this day and age, there are already a bunch of great apps and websites that offers simplicity and convenience in terms of looking for cheap flights and great deals. Check out Momondo, Skyscanner, Airfarewatchdog and Google Flights are some of the best travel search engines that are great for scanning cheap flights:
Know the tricks to saving big.
- Get in the know on when’s the cheapest time to book a ticket or to fly. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest while Sundays are the most expensive. Better note that down to avoid the trap. There’s an app called Hopper that analyzes and illustrates flight fares and color-coordinating them to show which days have affordable rates and which days are most expensive. Also, travel on “shoulder periods” or the off-peak seasons for greater savings and less crowd.
Subscribe in their mailing list.
- Going through the airline website alone isn’t enough. Subscribe on their mailing list to get up to date promo fares, discounts and the works that are sent exclusively in their mailing list. Sometimes, you don’t get to visit their website for promotions so it’s a hit or miss opportunity. Often times, you just don’t get to know their latest promos. If you’re constantly checking your emails, it won’t hurt to get latest information from these airline companies.
Finding a good and decent place to rest our heads at night can be difficult since you’re not from the area and you’re unfamiliar which hotels or places offers the best deals as well as service.
Try Airbnb or Couchsurfing.
Aside from researching on hotel websites, Airbnb and Couchsurfing are the go-to websites or apps travelers rely on when looking for place to stay. The concept basically lowers the cost of accommodations and increases the chances of having an unforgettable experience with the addition of meeting local friends.
Do work exchange.
If your budget can no longer be stretched for accommodation but there’s no way you can let your travel bucket list incomplete this year, do work in exchange for a place to sleep tight. The idea is simple: do a half- or full-day work in exchange for a bed. Some even have meals along with it! Check out Worldpackers for this. Others like Workaway charge little to no cost in exchange for work as well.
Check for discounts and promos.
Similarly when looking for cheap airfares, check out discounts and promos in hotel accommodations. Some of the best are Agoda, a leading hotel platform website in Asia; Hostelworld, offers a wide range of the best hostel accommodations; and there are a lot more out there you should try out.
The destination’s foods are a must try although restaurants can really suck out your wallet. If you’re thinking of splurging on food, splurge wisely.
Eat with the locals.
- There’s no better way to experience the best local food and savour every bite other than eating where the locals eat. These locals ideally have tried and tested the best foods so they know where great foods are, you should follow them.
Mind the “six-block rule”.
- Yes, the so-called rule exists and it makes sense. Never dine at a restaurant or food store within six-blocks of a tourist spot. Chances are the prices are over your budget and the food may not be as good as the price suggests. Go on Yelp! and Foursquare to check the reviews and find out where good foods are.
Look for online food deals.
Getting from one attraction or place to another when you’re in a foreign or unfamiliar place is quite difficult. And a cab may not be a wise option for it may cost you a hefty price.
Ride public transportation.
- Jam-packed trains, crowded buses, vans, jeepneys or whichever available public transportation it is, hop in! It is a great opportunity (though inconvenient and doesn’t bring the best comfort at times) to dig into the local community and save a ton of money! You don’t get to observe the everyday local experience locked in a cab so skip it and ride public transportations instead. Rome2Rio provides an accurate, cheap and easily interpretable guides to go from point A to point B.
Rent a car.
- If you’re not comfortable in public transits but don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on cab, try renting a car instead. Rome2Rio also offers car rentals so you might want to check that out.
Even if you’re on a limited budget, it’s possible to explore stunning destinations and live a sustainable travel lifestyle. With these tips, it’s time for you to turn your dreams into a reality. Good luck on your travel adventures!
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About Chie Suarez
Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for KIMS Beach Hideaway which offers beachside lodges in Australia.