17 Smart Ways to Save Money on Your Trips
It is easier to say that you didn’t have the money to travel than to admit you did not take the time to look for a cheaper way. This article is meant to prevent you from making the same mistake and to show you that cheap travel is possible. You simply have to apply the tips presented below.
- If the distance is reasonable, do not take the airplane. Take your car, gas is cheaper than airfare and you have a great way to move around once you reach your destination.
- Look for night buses, trains or flights. Why waste a whole day on the train when you could do it at night when you should be sleeping anyway?
- Look for last minute deals. Airline companies tend to have last minute offers at amazingly low prices but you should be prepared to take your bag and just go.
- Plan in advance. If you do not like to act on the spur of the moment, plan your trip several months in advance. This is the most common way to take advantage of low prices.
- If you plan on traveling a lot by train, get informed about passes. For example, Eurail passes are available in Europe, and it’s a lot cheaper than paying for each train ticket separately.
- It is quite an adventure to travel around a country without paying a dime.
- Sleep in a smaller town. If you are visiting an expensive city you can look for accommodation in the smaller towns found a few miles away. The price for a room per night is smaller.
- Couch surfing – totally free. There are several online platforms where you can search for people willing to let you stay a few nights in their own homes. However, be careful about who you choose. Study his or her profile thoroughly and check out the reviews of other people. Couch surfing might not be a good idea if you are traveling with kids.
- Work for accommodation - once again, there are online sites where you can find such deals.
- Travel off-season. There are several advantages to this:
- You avoid peak season crowds;
- You pay less for both accommodation and transportation;
- You have the chance to see the place in a way that peak season travelers never see it. For example, see Paris in autumn, Rome in winter and go skiing in the spring.
- Get all inclusive deals – you save a lot of money on food and you get to eat as much as you need.
- Ask for student, age and group discounts wherever you go: museums, boat trips, hop on – hop off rides, snorkeling, renting equipment for different activities etc.
- Instead of eating at a restaurant two times a day, go to the grocery store to get food that can be eaten on the go.
- Choose duty free shops. Here you can buy chocolate, brand perfumes, alcohol etc. at lower prices because it is a tax free area. You usually find duty free shops in airports and around borders.
- Walk instead of taking public transportation. This way you truly get a feel of the surroundings.
- Be careful where you get currency from. Only choose authorized exchange shops and if you want to avoid any risks, change your money at the hotel. The rate might not be extraordinary but at least you are not getting scammed or ripped off.
Here you have 17 tips to cut down on your travel expenses. As you see you can actually reduce your transport and accommodation expenses to 0 if you are the adventurous type. Anyway, for all the people who play it safe, there still are plenty of tricks to save money on a trip and now you know how it is done.