Travelling to new places is fun and exciting. It gives you a better understanding of the world around you; you get to meet new people and return home with a brand new experience. However, all of this enjoyment is dimmed if you are constantly worried about the amount of money you are spending and are constantly in fear of exceeding your budget to more than you can actually afford. Setting a budget and sticking to it can be hard for many people, but with these easy steps you can plan a budget-friendly trip and, with a little effort, maintain it too.
Set A Budget:
First things first, set a budget. Calculate and figure out how much you can spend on your trip. Set up a maximum expenditure that you don’t wish to go beyond. Once this is done, bifurcate into sub-sections the areas of money utilisation, that is, how much you intend to spend on travel, food, stay, activities etc. Try your best to stick to this. Also, keep a little rainy day cash aside for emergencies.
Plan In Advance:
A huge chunk of your vacation budget goes into airfare. So make sure you book your tickets well in advance to avail the benefits of cheaper tickets. And, to book your tickets well before time, it’s necessary for you to have a concrete plan. So, sit down, decide where you want to go, and book your tickets.
You will be surprised by the amount of money you will save by not travelling during the peak season. Airfare, hotel rates, tour packages, all of it will be available at a cheaper rate. Apart from this, since you are going off-season the rush will be much less, which means you can enjoy the place without the overcrowding of other tourists.
Travel In A Group:
Travelling in a group will not only provide you with company and a certain extent of safety in a foreign location, but will also help you save money. A lot of hotels and tour packages offer great discounted deals for groups of certain numbers. So, gather up your pals and look out for a suitable deal.
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Stay ‘Near’ The Hot Spots:
You can save a good amount of money by living close to the famous area but not in it. For example, if you were to go to Paris, staying in a hotel that gives you the view of the Eiffel tower will cost you more than if you were to select an accommodation in a hotel that is further away from the tower and does not offer its view.
Try Hostels And Houses On Rent:
Living in a hostel when travelling will help you save big money. Hostel and dormitory stay is minus all the show and glitz the hotels offer, which translates into your stay being much cheaper. Also, if you are travelling in a group, check out if there are any houses or apartments available on rent. Quite a lot people today rent out their homes to tourists and vacationers for a fair price.
Being a picky eater when travelling will not benefit you monetarily; try and experiment with the local food. Look for packages that have at least 2 meals inclusive in the tour cost. While eating out, avoid the fancy fine dine restaurants, try small local joints instead. These will not only give you an experience of the local cuisine but will also be easy on your pocket.
Lastly, anywhere you go public transportation will prove to be more cost effective than private ones. Enquire around and if there is a bus, train etc that takes you to your destination, opt for it rather than booking a private cab to take you where you want to go.
There you are, keep these handy tips in mind the next time you decide to plan a budget-friendly trip. Oh, and one more thing, don’t forget to enjoy!