Traveling is something that gives you something to look forward to. Being able to take a break from the daily grind to explore new places and enjoy some leisure time is what life is all about. However, anyone who’s traveled before can tell you it doesn’t come cheap. Between paying for airfare, a place to stay, activities on your travels, and covering your expenses back at home during the trip, most people tend to estimate they’ll need at least $1000 for a single trip.
Although many people can comfortably fit travel expenses into their budget, there are the rest of us who don’t have the budget to be able to spend freely however we want. For a comfortable trip that fits the budget, it’s important to know a few tricks to keep costs down while traveling.
Here are some of the best ways to save money on your travels.
Take Public Transportation
Often travelers rely on cabs and Ubers to get them from place to place on their trip, causing their expenses to add up quickly. Renting a car is also a popular option. However, it’s often a stressful experience if your destination has different traffic rules. Why bother potentially getting in a vehicle accident or overspending your budget when you can save yourself stress and money by learning the public transportation system?
It may require a bit of a learning curve initially, but stepping outside of your comfort zone is the fun of traveling, right? Depending on where you’re going you may only spend as much as a few cents on a trip as opposed to the hundreds a week you would spend on other transportation methods.
Find Lodging With a Kitchenette
One of the most significant expenses on a trip is dining and eating out. When you factor in three meals a day plus beverages, you can count on it taking a massive chunk of your resources. However, finding a hotel or rental with a stove and fridge means that you can cut out having to pay for at least two meals a day in a restaurant.
Stay Out Of The Tourist Zones
Stay clear of the zones which are known for high prices and swindling locals. When you stick to the areas of town which aren’t in the densely populated areas, you’ll find that rates are much lower and there’s less chance of getting cheated.
Go Off Season
Consider planning your trip around a time of year which isn’t high peak tourist season. You’ll find better options for places to stay as well as lower airfare and accommodation prices.
Additionally, you’ll find that there are way fewer crowds with less hassle having to wait in lines.