While you’ll need to fork out for necessary expenses like travel vaccinations, there’s also a lot of ways you can globetrot on a budget. So, if you’re starting to plan your 2019 adventures, explore for less with these thrifty travel tips.
Travelling during peak season can be expensive. So, for more cost-effective travel, you could go out of season. By doing this, you could secure cheaper accommodation and airfare. Plus, with quieter destinations, you’ll be able to get more of an authentic experience and avoid the crowds.
Dodge Tourist Spots
Every destination has those must-see attractions with hour-long queues. The problem is, because these areas are popular with tourists, they can also be pretty pricey. To make a saving, consider visiting alternative attractions and head away from busy areas when dining out.
Travel by Night Train
Depending on where you’re going and how many destinations feature in your itinerary, you may need to travel between countries. A cheaper way to do this is by night train. Not only will you save on a flight, but a night train also avoids spending on accommodation – perfect for budget travellers.
Avoid Buying Toiletries
The majority of hotels and B&Bs offer complimentary toiletries, such as shampoo and soaps. Some will also provide essentials like toothpaste and toothbrushes. While it may only be a small saving, avoiding buying toiletries also reduces baggage, which could cut flying costs.
Travel with Someone
In most destinations, a single room carries a similar night rate to a double. This means travelling with someone, whether a friend, family member or partner, could cut your accommodation bill. This will also reduce the price of taxis and car hire, helping you stay on budget.
Expensive Locations First
If your plans involve jetting off to see a long list of locations, consider starting with the most expensive country first. By travelling to cheaper places towards the end, the last of your budget may stretch further, as you could get more for your money.
Finally, accommodation can eat up a large portion of your travel budget, leaving you less cash for ticking off your itinerary. Fortunately, there are loads of ways you can save, from staying in hostels to choosing budget hotel chains and local B&Bs.
Travelling can offer some of life’s most fulfilling experiences, allowing you to explore new places and learn about new cultures. Use these tips to save on your next adventure – you could also consider cooking, downgrading your ticket and booking in advance.