Thrifty Travel Tips

It’s everyone’s dream to travel. We would want to see the world around us. We would want to discover different foods and cuisines from other country. We would want to experience other culture and traditions. The only problem is we don’t have enough money to spend. But there are a lot of ways to save on your journey. Here are some thrifty travel tips to help you complete your travel bucket list with a limited budget, without sacrificing the fun.

  1.  Research before you travel. Look for the best places to go, affordable places to shop and dine and cheapest way of transportation in your dream destination. Almost everything can now be found over the web so do some research before heading out to the airport.
  2. Book with travel agencies that offer bundles – flight, food, attractions and accommodations in one – at no extra cost. You don’t only save money but you also save time and effort of looking for where to eat, to go and to rest.
  3. Travel off season. Airfare and accommodation expenses soar higher during peak seasons such as spring break, Christmas, New Year and Holy Week. Try to avoid those dates to save up to 50% or more on your spending.
  4. Roam without costly charges. We all need to go online while traveling. Before traveling to another country, have your phone unlocked. Buy local pay-as-you-go sim card as soon as you arrive in your destination.
  5. Avoid touristy restaurants. When eating out, look for local restaurants in the area. Most of them offer good food for less.
  6. Avoid hotel breakfast. While this is convenient, this is rarely of good value unless it is bundled in your room accommodation. Try to join local crowd at the corner café, you lower the price plus you get to meet new friends.
  7. Make the most of the local transport. It is not always a good idea to rent a car while traveling. The best way is to travel by bus or train. They are way cheaper than any other kinds of transportation plus you get to experience a scenic and more authentic journey around the place you are visiting.
  8. If you’re visiting museums and attractions, look for passes with multiple locations at a discount. You don’t only save money but it also lets you skip long lines. There are also museums and attractions that are free of charge. Check them out first.
  9. Try to haggle. When shopping for foods, daily needs, souvenirs, etc.; try bargaining. You may do so at markets and stalls.
  10. Plan ahead. Of course the success of any travel experience depends on how well it is planned. Plan early, maybe a year or 6 months before your chosen date so you can make adjustments easily if you need to.

13 thoughts on “Thrifty Travel Tips

  1. Really great tips all summarized so nicely in this post. All make great sense and if we try to implement as many of these as possible, this is bound to make huge difference. Money that can be saved and put toward another vacation!

  2. Corner cafes do have a better breakfast usually. If I’m traveling w/family I do seek a hotel breakfast though, just because it’s more convenient with kids along. Good tip list here though for travel!

  3. Love these tips especially working with a travel agency that offers bundles. As for the breakfast, I try to always find accommodations that provide breakfast because I’m not an early riser.

  4. I love traveling. I have been moving abroad a lot lately so of course I was exploring around. I was never prepared and sometimes it was amazing but some other times I wish I was prepared! Great tips! xx corinne

  5. Thanks for the tips I was always wondering how I will be a able to travel with the little I make but I’m sure if I follow ur tips I will be able to do so

  6. These are great tips! I used a lot of these when I took my son to Hawai’i for about the same cost as my monthly rent (while subleasing my apartment). It was awesome! The rooming thing was definitely a big factor.

  7. I think good travel plans are a mix. First of all you do need to start thinking in advance. But I hate the plans where every detail is planned out six months in advance. I think half the beauty of trips are the unplanned for things that happen along the way. i don’t know whether that’s just me, but those are the things I enjoy most.

  8. These are all great and practical tips. I’m working on getting a few trips in every year and I need to learn the tricks of the trade. Thanks for this.

  9. In my teen years, I did my share of low budget travel and loved every moment of it. Plus, it teaches resilience and how to think on ones feet.

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