How much does traveling cost? The truth is that there is no definitive answer – it is all relative. Traveling can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be by tweaking some things. So, if you have held back on traveling due to cost, we have some good news and tips on how to cut that budget. But before making any travel plans, ensure you get a valid passport. Not having a passport can impede even the best travel plans – luckily, you can get one or renew your expired one in days using TVP’s expedited passport services! Now let’s get into traveling on a budget:
People often mention two key reasons they cannot travel – time and money. Many think that traveling requires months of savings. Others feel that their work limits their free time. While we can also guide you on creating time, this guide will focus on spending less and traveling more by using a few simple tips:
Where you go determines how much you spend. For example, people traveling to Paris, Bora Bora, and Dubai must be ready to spend significant amounts of money. Everything in these destinations is on the higher side, from the food to activities to tax rates. But when considering regions like Indonesia and Laos, the prices drop significantly. Most people spend less than $50 daily in these destinations and still have a good time. So, as you consider your destination choices, look into things like accommodation, food, transport, etc., and choose a place that matches your budget.
One core mistake people make when planning a trip is failing to plan; such a conundrum, right? And here is where the prices start increasing, unbeknownst to you. The best way to avoid such surprises is to plan every detail of your trip:
- What places will you visit? Find out how much they cost and calculate the overall cost of the itinerary.
- How long will you stay?
- Which cities and towns will you see? How will you get there, and what will that cost?
The idea behind planning is not to take the fun out of the trip. Instead, it helps you understand what is manageable on your budget. It also eliminates any last-minute accommodation and flight plans that can ruin your budget. Of course, you should leave room for spontaneity.
Do you want to avoid paying premium prices for air tickets? Book your flight early! Booking a flight days before the trip subjects you to surge pricing. And you end up paying more for the same seat that someone booked at even half the price. So, how do you get a cheap flight?
- Use flight scanners: Many reputable sites partner with airlines to offer bonuses on flights. So, while the airline may list a ticket at $1,000, its partner site may have the same ticket at $800.
- Consider alternate days: Traveling on weekends is often pricier than on weekdays. Try and plan your travel dates during the week. And when searching for flights, make your dates flexible so that the airlines can suggest cheaper dates.
Also, look for promo codes. Some airlines offer promos, especially during the low seasons, to encourage people to purchase tickets. Grab one if you can!
Hotels are convenient – there is no denying that. But that convenience comes at a hefty price. The standard room costs about $100 per room in a good hotel per night. Yet you can get a hostel or rental for even half that price! Besides reducing costs, staying in hostels and rentals has many advantages. First, you have more freedom over what you eat as the no drinks and snacks from outside rule does not apply. Secondly, you integrate into the community and learn more about the nooks with cheaper prices. Paying less also enables you to stay longer. When choosing hotels or booking rentals, go with referrals to ensure you get a safe and comfortable place.
Many people love traveling during the high season. Usually, this is when the weather in the destination favors traveling. Take Mauritius as an example. This tropical island witnesses a boost in tourism towards the end of the year. In these months, getting a hotel room is not only challenging but also expensive. The beaches are also full, the restaurants have reservations, and the roads are busy. Yet if you travel during the low season, you don’t encounter as many crowds, can spend less money, and have more options. Use this approach when choosing a travel time for any destination, and you will save a lot of money and, frankly, have a better experience.
Getting around can be expensive, especially when covering long distances. So, instead of using a cab to access the attractions, consider the following:
- Use a bus: Public transport is often cheap. And it is a great way to interact with the locals and learn the norms.
- Cycle: If you are traveling to nearby places, using a bike is a great option. Of course, this only works if cycling is safe.
- Walk: It allows you to know the area more and is great for the pocket.
If public transport is unavailable and you will be in a country for long, consider leasing or buying a car.
Street food or food in local cafes is often priced well. But when it comes to fine dining, restaurants usually charge an arm and a leg. You can spend a lot of money on food if you are unaware of your spending. The easiest way to reduce food expenses is to cook more, stagger your fine dining, and avoid buying water and drinks in restaurants.
As a bonus, explore free attractions which will allow you to explore the destination more at a minimal cost, e.g., visiting beaches.