10 Tips to Travel on a Limited Budget
Born with a severe case of wanderlust? Want to explore new places, click photographs, experience different cultures, know the history, geography of some place, or perhaps just want some peace to refresh yourself? Then what’s stopping you? Love traveling but have budget constraints?
Traveling on a budget is one of the hardest things to do especially if you are traveling abroad, so I’ve created a list of tips for you to help you cut down on your expenses and enjoy your trip without any worries.
1. Travel out of season
The first thing you can do when you want to travel on a limited budget is travel out of season. Avoid traveling to touristy places when it’s their peak, like Greece from June-August or New York in December, basically avoid traveling whenever school is out, because that is when everyone hikes up their rates to take advantage of people who can only travel then.
2. Be smart about your flights
Air travel is always expensive, there is no way to escape that, but you can get relatively cheaper flights if you are smart about it. You need to plan your travel far in advance so that you can book your flights early to get a low price. I would recommend booking it at least 2 months in advance. Along with this you should try to book your flight for midweek travels so that you can get concession rates.
Pro Tip: Clear your caches whenever you are looking for and comparing flights, the more you search without doing so, the higher rates you get.
3. Pack properly
One of the most important things when planning to travel abroad on a limited budget is making sure that you pack properly. Packing according to the season and weather forecasts is crucial in making sure that you don’t pay extra for overweight luggage. You know that you would shop there, so make sure not to pack too much. I would also recommend that you avoid checking in your suitcase all together, they cost extra too. Overhead baggage all the way!
4. Say no to hotels
A mistake that most people make when they are traveling on a budget is that they only look at hotels and take the cheapest ones. You can and actually should stay at hostels, they give you almost all the same facilities but at a much much cheaper rate. By staying at a hostel, you would not only save money but also have the opportunity to actually interact with the locals and experience the way they live.
5. Avoid restaurants
If you traveled somewhere and didn’t even taste the authentic local food, then what’s the point? But expensive restaurants can put a damper in your plans. If you want the actual taste for an inexpensive price, then go down the road and have a meal at the local food cafes and stalls. You don’t need to go to fancy restaurants for every meal to enjoy the food of a place. One thing that I, personally, do whenever I travel abroad is go to a departmental store, pick up bits and pieces and have a picnic in a local park, it’s fun and really cheap.
6. Public transport
Okay, whenever people travel abroad, for the fear of not getting lost, they always book cabs. You should not do that if you have a budget, ever. Take the public transport; buses, trams and even tuk-tuks are great cheaper alternatives to get from one place to another while actually living and experiencing the trip as it should be. If, by any chance, you do get lost, you can always ask for help from the locals nearby, plus it would make up for a great adventure story someday.
7. Earn while you travel
Anyone who travels a lot knows that earning while you’re on vacation is a great way to enjoy your trip without those pesky budget constraints. If you know how to ski, take classes in winters when you travel to Switzerland; if you love deep sea diving, teach it when you go to Australia or Spain or Greece in the summers, make videos of your travel and upload it to make money out of that. There are so many ways to earn when you travel, you just have to do your research well.
8. Group activities
Another thing you can do to save money is group activities, almost every place would give you a discount if you go in a group or a low rate if you decide to take up a group activity. You have so many opportunities to save money, museum tours, going on a city tour, doing adventure sports, even staying at hostels get cheaper if you do it in a group.
9. Skip the souvenirs
Instead of taking souvenirs from gift shops which would not only cost you a small fortune but also probably take up a lot of space in your suitcase, you can just buy a postcard, write a personal message on it and then mail it to whoever you want. If you don’t wanna do even that, you can just get one of the many pictures that you have taken of yourself or the place developed and then treat it like a super personalized postcard.
10. Apps and research
There are so many travel applications available right now to make your life easier. All you have to do is download them, compare, and take up the best possible deal available to you. Sometimes, just sometimes, not doing everything by yourself saves money too. All the information that you could possibly want about the place that you are traveling to is available on the internet, all you have to do is look it up. Do your research, have a plan, and then just enjoy your trip.
Traveling for most people is more than just a hobby, it’s a way of life which allows you to get away from your monotonous life. Once you get the hang of it, you never actually want to stop. To help you further in not having to worry about your budget while you travel, I have made a list of 48 Heavenly Hostels in Europe that you can look up and stay at when you plan your next trip to Europe. I hope this helps you cut down on your expenses and be carefree when you travel next. Bon Voyage!
Abhyank Srinet holds a Masters in Management degree from ESCP Europe & has an engineering degree with a specialization in Instrumentation & Control. His interest in the digital landscape motivated him to create an online startup for Masters in Management application consulting (MiM-Insider.com), focused on spreading quality information about the MiM degree & performing application consulting services for clients. He is the chief consultant of the company and takes care of Business Development and Digital Marketing side of the company. He is very passionate about writing and marketing.