A lot of people believe the internet is depressing, but not because it actually is. However, it is hard to disagree that seeing people own cool stuff, visit cool places and do cool things that are out of your reach can be a little disheartening.
Logging on to Instagram or Facebook and seeing pictures of strangers sightseeing and traveling across Europe taking killer photos can easily leave a jealous feeling. It doesn’t get any easier to take if you think going on trips like that might dig a hole in your pocket. However, this isn’t always the case with the lot of people you see travelling the world and engaging in photography. You can travel on a budget that won’t break the bank, all you must do is plan and think carefully away from usual vacation options.
Let’s help you travel on a budget successful by looking at a few points to be wary of when traveling on a budget.
- Defining your priorities
Before you get on the internet to browse and scan through travel brochures, you first have to define your travel priorities. “Do you want to experience a different culture, or do you want to learn more about the history of a certain place, or perhaps you just want to relax in a location away from home or visit historic sites or just chill at a beach?” Once you define exactly what you want out of your travels, you can focus on how best to achieve it.
- Set a Travel Budget
Now that you have an idea what experience you want out of your trip, you must work with a budget to avoid overspending without knowing. More travel sites now permit users to utilize the budget filter to restrict costly search results from appearing. A tool such as the KAYAK Explore module lets you to input your location and what you’d like to pay, and then shows you destinations that fit the bill.
- Its best to travel during the Off-Season
If you’ve got a flexible schedule, you can save a lot by traveling during the off-season. Plus, your photography can benefit from less crowded venues and grant you stress-free experience.
- Choose a modest hotel
There are a variety of modest hotel service providers available to travellers, ranging from hostels to services like airbnb.com, which allows travellers to rent rooms or apartments from locals. There is also couchsurfing.com, where you can find a spare couch or bed to crash on in each city you visit. If hotels are really your thing you can find cheap hotels anywhere in the world on Skyscanner.
- Plan Shorter Trips
Whether you’re traveling for relaxation or exploration, you don’t need to spend weeks at a particular location to get the experience you want. Shorter travel blocks offer the same benefits as longer vacations, and they cost much less.
- Expand your search to nearby airports and cities
It is a lot cheaper to fly into a lesser known airport or into a different city entirely, and then utilize public transportation to get to your actual destination. This method requires more research to find out local train ticket prices and taxi fares. Skyscanner can help you out here as well, when conducting your search simply check the box that says “Add nearby airports.”
- Ditch the checked bag
It is advisable to stick to the airlines that allow passengers their first checked bag free, if not its best you leave the extra luggage at home and travel light instead.
- Book Last-Minute Deals
If you’re not in the financial position for a lengthy trip, go for a long weekend or nab a last-minute deal. You can check out LastMinuteTravel.com for hotels, flights, and attractions. It might require a little more flexibility on your part, but last-minute trips can make travel a lot lighter on your bank account.
- Go in Groups
If some of your friends are planning trips like you are, why not turn go as a group then? Group rates for hotels, flights, and attractions are not unusual, and they often come in 15% discounts. Discount rates usually start at 10 people, and airlines like Southwest, Delta, and JetBlue all offer them, which could be 5% to 10% off published fares. You can also ask for group discounts when booking hotel rooms.
- Go on a Volunteer Vacation
Volunteering while on vacation is another way to cut cost easily. Though, you’re largely responsible for getting to your destination, many travel organizations pay for lodging, food, travel costs within the destination, insurance, and even some local and cultural activities. Most volunteer-based vacations do require payment, but it comes with a huge discount compared to what casual travelers pay.
The travel experience doesn’t always have to be lush for you to have a fabulous experience, you can always have a great time balling on a budget too.