Traveling is always costly. You have to take care of travel expenses, board and lodging, food and other fees like payment for rides, entrance tickets and more. A cost-free holiday is hard to accomplish, but a cost-friendly travel is achievable. Here are a few tips:
Know your purpose. Why are you traveling? Is it to see sights or to check out food? Or all of the above? Knowing why you travel means you can allocate a bigger budget on your primary concerns.
Allocate expenses under travel, food, lodging and the rest. Try to stick to the budget, but of course, have extra… just in case there’s a cute souvenir you’d want to buy. Book tickets ahead. So you can avail of promos and discounts.
Pack light. Less baggage fee and you can travel faster, especially if you are planning to. Take a hike. Walking won’t hurt, and it not only gives you a chance to exercise, but also to see the sights, interact with people and really enjoys the atmosphere.
Book rooms ahead of time. Similar to booking tickets ahead, you can avail of promos and offers. Plus, you can get cheaper places with good amenities. Dine in inexpensive places. Except if your purpose is to try the delicacies that the place offers, its best to stick to low-cost yet satisfying dishes.
Overspend. You can go over your budget a bit… but if you go beyond that, then you may have problems. This causes lesser budget for the rest of the expenses, and you may come short. If you don’t need to spend 1000 on a souvenir, then might as well look away and let it go.
Spend on the unnecessary. Souvenirs are an indispensable part of traveling. These are things you can remember the experience and the place by. But spend money on these wisely. If there’s a smaller, less expensive version of that figurine you’ve got to have, then why go for the bigger one? (Saves space, too.)
Don’t be afraid to stay with people. Not implying that you’re a loner, but if you have relatives, friends, classmates even childhood sweethearts that live near the vacation spot or area, give them a beep. Ask (nicely) if you can stay there for the duration of your travel. They’d probably enjoy the company. Plus, you have someone who can help you identify where you can get what you want… at a lower price.