30 Ways to Save Money When Travelling
Top tips to save money on your trip
When you mention travelling you heart may tremble but sadly, your wallet will too. Nowadays, travelling is a luxury, so usually people on a budget wouldn’t indulge in this pleasure.
However, there are some tricks to spend less while on vacation, which will help you explore the wonders of the world. Follow them and don’t deprive yourself from the joys of travelling.
- Plan your vacation early to get best rates on flights.
- Do not use the services of travel agencies, they charge fees.
- Search for flights on weekdays, rather than weekends.
- Delete your browser ‘cookies’. They record your information and some sites increase rates if they see you have visited the website multiple times. Another option is to use incognito mode (Ctrl+Shift+N).
- Tuesdays are the best days to buy your ticket.
- Try to get flights with stopovers, they are cheaper than direct flights.
- Travel off-season for cheaper flights.
- Fly with low-fare companies or charter flights.
- Try to be loyal to one company to get discounts for future flights.
- Weigh your luggage beforehand at home, so you would avoid additional charges at the airport. Make sure you have at least half a kilo until the limit, since different scales can vary in value.
- Stay in hostels rather than hotels to reduce costs.
- Use companies like Airbnb to rent apartments from privates, as they can be much cheaper.
- Try couchsurfing.
- Exchange your money in advance instead of the airport, there the rates are higher.
- Use cash to avoid card taxes.
- Limit ATM withdrawals as they have huge fees abroad.
- Use public transport, it's cheaper than taxis or renting vehicles.
- Depending on where you are, try walking, instead of other transportation means. The pluses are, it’s healthy and you will get to see more things and feel the atmosphere better.
- Bring your own food to the airport. Cafes and restaurants at airports are very expensive.
- Look for free entertainment activities.
- Talk to the natives, they can advise you on the cheaper places.
- Buy food in supermarkets, it will be much cheaper than eating out every day.
- Do not eat in tourist areas or sightseeing attractions.
- Have a travel insurance, better safe than sorry.
- Use a voucher or another card locally if you need to make calls and avoid roaming. (Except of course, if you are in Europe where the roaming charges won’t apply soon).
- Take advantage of free walking and guided tours, instead of booking paid ones in advance.
- Do not buy souvenirs in tourist areas.
- Visit museums on free admission day (usually one of the weekdays).
- Haggle prices if it is accepted. In many parts of the world this is a common practice.
- Avoid compulsive and unnecessary purchases.
Following those tips won’t make travelling free but it will be less financially burdening. And after all, money spent for travelling are money spent on experiences and memories, so it is absolutely worth it!