Travel on a bud­get: 7 money-sav­ing tips

IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO BOOK WELL IN AD­VANCE TO AVOID ANY LAST­MINUTE HASSLES, NOT TO FOR­GET THE SOAR­ING TICKET PRICES. AL­WAYS CLEAR YOUR IN­TER­NET BROWSER COOK­IES AND/OR GO INCOGNITO WHILE SEARCH­ING FOR FLIGHTS. WEB­SITES OF­TEN AP­PLY TRICKS TO QUOTE PRICES BA

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Want to go on a va­ca­tion, but the only trav­el­ling you do is be­tween your home and of­fice or col­lege? It’s easy to talk your­self out of mak­ing travel plans — whether for fear of plan­ning your itin­er­ary or book­ing ho­tels and flight tick­ets. Most of the time, how­ever, it’s the bud­get woes that keep you chained to one place. The next thing you know, the days have flown by all too quickly.

But worry not, ahead we’ve listed seven sim­ple tips you can fol­low for a pock­et­friendly holiday:

RE­SEARCH WELL

Step 1 to get­ting the bud­get­friendly trip right — re­search and take it slow. Rush­ing into plans will only make the travel ex­pe­ri­ence an ex­pen­sive one. Take your time to read what trav­ellers around the world have said and how they’ve been do­ing it for years. Read­ing help­ful re­views and talk­ing to fel­low travel en­thu­si­asts will be equally help­ful.

PLAN YOUR TRAVEL IN THE OFF­SEA­SON

The key to own­ing your travel plan and your bank ac­count is know­ing which months/ sea­sons are the best time to travel. Peak and off-sea­sons may dif­fer from one coun­try to another.

Be sure to fig­ure the tourist sea­sons which might (once again) co­in­cide with the sea­son, fes­ti­vals and hol­i­days. Plan­ning is key to crack­ing a good deal that’ll keep your pocket happy too.

AD­VANCE BOOK­ING

This one is a no-brainer. If we’re plan­ning a holiday, it’s only right to book well in ad­vance to avoid any last­minute hassles, not to for­get the soar­ing ticket prices. Be­sides, it’s pru­dent to book in ad­vance so you don’t lose out on deals, and even­tu­ally reser­va­tions.

Ex­tra Tip: Al­ways clear your in­ter­net browser cook­ies and/or go incognito while search­ing for flights. Web­sites of­ten ap­ply tricks to quote prices ba­sis the last quoted one.

CARRY FOOD WITH YOU

Pack a few for the road. Bring snack­able food items from home and when you’re at your lo­ca­tion, shop at gro­cery stores and try cook­ing when you can. It’s def­i­nitely not go­ing to be your next In­sta­gram #food­porn pic­ture but a life­saver, fi­nan­cially.

CHOOSE HOS­TELS OVER HO­TELS

With sev­eral op­tions com­ing up and deals aplenty be­ing of­fered by travel web­sites, there’s so much to choose from when it comes to hos­tels and home­s­tays. Hos­tels not only of­fer lower prices than ho­tels, but you also get an au­then­tic back­packer at­mos­phere.

RE­PLACE PARAPHERNALIA WITH EX­PE­RI­ENCES

Yes, it’s al­ways nice get­ting a sou­venir back as a col­lectible for ev­ery­one back home when you’ve been some­where, but re­mem­ber the point about trav­el­ling light to save your­self the has­sle and the monies? Yup.

A bag­ful of paraphernalia should just be re­placed with ex­pe­ri­ences. The ones you can talk about, rem­i­nisce over, and prob­a­bly write about when you want to! With this, it’s not just your wal­let but also your soul that’ll stay happy and keep you on your feet so a next trip can be planned even be­fore you can post your first throw­back post from this trip!

TRAVEL LIGHT, AL­WAYS

First: It’s easy on your back and shoul­ders. Sec­ond: You’re more mo­bile when there are fewer things to be car­ried around; Third: You save your­self from the has­sle of cough­ing up the un­nec­es­sary ex­tra bag­gage costs, given that flights are our best friends if we need to save time and travel longer.

Ex­tra Tip: Try a road trip if you want to ex­pe­ri­ence the roads and the beauty of Mother Na­ture, with some man-made ad­di­tions.

So, here you are, fu­ture trav­eller. Get. Set. Go.

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