Travelling is always an amazing experience, but it can be tricky to do it on the budget. Noone wants to compromise their dreams because of a lack of money. Luckily, budget travel is fairly easy, if you know the basic rules. Let us give you a couple ideas on how you can travel the World without breaking the bank!
We all know how great it feels to be spontaneous, and often it pays off – you get to meet interesting people, see places you never thought you’d see and experience things you never dreamed of experiencing. And while we do encourage everyone to try going somewhere without a plan every once in awhile, if you want to make sure you will save up some money it is better to plan your trip ahead. You’ll know exactly where to go without getting lost and that can already save you from spending too much. We have all been there. Getting to a new city without any tips and directions from either locals or other tourists. This way it is very easy to end up in a hotel that is way too expensive or restaurant that sells meals for way too much, while you can find somewhere for half the price. As a planning lover, I can’t stress this enough – if you want to make sure you stay on budget – plan away!
Get to know the place you’re visiting
A form of a follow-up on the previous point is getting to know the place you’re going to. Again, spontaneous people may disagree, but hear me out. I don’t mean “read every single guide about all the cities you’re planning to see”. Although I do enjoy having a guide with me.
There are many fun ways to get to know the city. The best one is meeting the locals. And you can do that in so many ways. Check out the “Like a local” guide, try visiting a bar when you reach a destination and don’t shy away from having a conversation with other people there. Or simply ask the people who work at your hotel or in the nearest shop for some tips and tricks to save money in their city. On this note – eat like a local too! You don’t necessarily have to eat in their homes, but try and see where do they spend their lunch breaks. Some locals like to splurge but most want their food to be good, served fast, and most importantly for us, cheap.
After all, who will know them better than the locals? And apart from that, they can give you some amazing clues on where to go. I’ve found many hidden gems thanks to the help of the local people. You’d be surprised how many treasures each city has to offer when you only know where to look for them!
Don’t overpay for the accommodation
You can do that in many ways. If you’re adventurous, you can try Couchsurfing, where people from all over the world offer a bed, a couch, or a piece of the floor to other travellers. It is a fun way to meet new people and experience something different.
However, if like me you enjoy the comfort of a hotel or an apartment, make sure you don’t overpay for that either! There are many websites where you can compare the prices of different online travel agencies, and many platforms that offer better deals for your money. One of them is, of course, Bidroom, where you are sure to get a discount from the best deal found elsewhere.
So book away, but book smart!
Don’t splurge on touristy activities
Almost every bigger city has those bait-activities for the tourists to spend money on. The truth is, while some of them are truly great, most are not worth their price. As fun as it sounds to see London from the famous London Eye, the truth is often the weather makes the visibility awful, and the long lines can crush the spirits of even the most positive people. So maybe instead, try to find observation points. And think about which museums and galleries you really, really want to see, instead of making it your goal to visit every single one from the guide.
Also, search on the internet if any of them have a free day. Make sure to only do what is interesting and fun to you, and not what the travel guides tell you to do.
Pick your souvenirs wisely
Sure, it is great to bring back something from your trip, and decorate your flat with amazing objects that will bring back the good memories. But you shouldn’t feel the need to buy things in every city you go to. Sometimes a postal card can be much more precious than a carpet or a sculpture. So try to only buy something if you really, really need it, or if you’re 100% sure you will use it. Don’t be one of those people who buy things just for the sake of buying. You’ll be surprised how much you save when you focus on making memories, and not buying them!
Remember, travelling should be fun. Although it usually does cost us some money, it shouldn’t break the bank. So next time you go on that epic adventure. Try remembering about those few simple budget travel rules and see the difference!