You probably follow some people on Instagram who travel frequently and always post nice pictures. If you’re like me, your first conclusion is that they have a lot of money. However, you would be surprised to find out that you have more money than some of these people, they simply figured out the tricks to travelling on a budget.
Contrary to popular beliefs, you do not have to be rich before you can travel abroad. I am about to reveal some of these tricks and if applied, you too will be posting pictures to “pepper” your followers very soon, lol.
- Plan, Plan, Plan!: The only people who can travel without planning are people who have attained a certain level of financial freedom. It’s a good thing that Crowdyvest is already helping you on that journey but before you get there, you have to plan. You will need to draw up a plan detailing when to travel, duration of your trip, budget for flight, accommodation, feeding, shopping, etc.
- Avoid Travelling During Holiday Seasons: Holiday seasons are peak periods in the travel industry and prices for flight tickets are usually very high therefore you need to avoid these seasons when planning your trip.
Side Tip: Book your flights on weekdays because it’s also off-peak and less expensive than weekends. Also, there are usually fewer people at the airports on weekdays which makes your trip less stressful.
- Book Your Flights Months Ahead Of Time: When travelling on a budget, the earlier you book your flight, the cheaper it is. Most people are very sceptical and are quick to ask questions like “what if something happens and you can’t travel?”. My counter-question is “What if nothing happens and I CAN travel?”. I remember booking a flight 5 months before my travel date and I hadn’t even applied for my leave. I got a great deal and when the time eventually came, I travelled. Don’t let the fear of the future stop you from getting a good deal, in the worst-case scenario, you could reschedule the flight.
- Find Cheap Or Free Accommodation: I personally have never spent money on accommodation on any of my trips. I simply plan trips to countries and cities where I have friends and family. Just make sure you stay in touch with your family and friends who live abroad and you would never have to pay for the accommodation again. You could also consider using Airbnb instead of hotels.
Side Tip: When staying with a friend or family, make sure your vacation does not exceed 2 weeks else you automatically become a burden.
- Use Public Transportation: If you happen to be in a city where the public transportation system is functional and safe, please use it. You would save yourself a ton of money because cabs are extremely expensive.
- Travel In Groups: Travelling in a group is a great way to save money. Asides from the discount available for large groups, the cost of accommodation, local transportation and even feeding is shared and this means you get to spend less.
- Make Cheaper Arrangements For Feeding: Try as much as possible to avoid restaurants unless your plan is to spend all your money on food. I’ll recommend buying snacks, fruits and veggies from the supermarket. Alternatively, you could look out for local or fast-food restaurants. If you’re staying in an apartment, cooking your own food is also a fantastic money-saver.
- Avoid Shopping Malls: Items sold in shopping malls usually cost more than they do in regular shops. I’ll prescribe that you pack everything you need so you won’t have to buy anything. However, if you set aside money to shop, always lookout for the “SALES” sign, I guarantee you’ll get more value for your money. Window shopping is also not a bad idea and it’s absolutely free! lol.
- Always Be On The Lookout For Flight And Hotel Deals: The internet is full of mouth-watering discounted deals on flights and hotel accommodation, all you need to do is find them. If you’re too busy to search, you could subscribe to receive newsletters from travel websites.
I’m sure with these tips, you have already started planning a trip. I hope you have fun and make sure you take lots and lots of pictures.