In days gone by, only the rich could afford to travel. The majority of people could only dream about seeing the wonders of other countries and cultures.
Nowadays, capitalism-driven competition and innovation have paved the way for travel that doesn’t cost a ton.
Still, a lot of people assume that any trip abroad is massively expensive. In reality, it all depends on your expectations, and how much planning you’re willing to put into your next adventure.
Here are a few simple ways that you can save cash when planning a trip.
Be Flexible with Travel Dates
If you don’t have prior commitments, it helps your wallet to be flexible with your travel dates.
A lot of people travel during the summer months and holidays, so these times should be avoided for cheaper travel.
Also, flight prices tend to shoot up over the weekend, so budget travelers can save a few bucks by traveling midweek. The shoulder season is usually a good time to book, because you can dodge the crowds while avoiding the colder winter weather.
Watch Out For International Fees
Before you go on your trip, work out ways to beat pesky international fees.
For example, get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees so you can avoid being financially hammered every time you make a purchase. If you get money out at the ATM, decide exactly how much you will need as you will be charged every time you visit.
Double check your phone plan to determine roaming charges. You may be able to shop around for a better deal. Some companies, like T-Mobile offer free international data and texts in over 100 countries!
Get Discounts Online
The internet is your best tool for getting discounts.
Before you book a flight or a hotel, check comparison websites for better deals. Also, look into package deals and other travel coupons on websites like DontPayFull.com for discounts.
Downloading certain travel apps will give you alerts every time a cheap deal becomes available, so make sure you don’t miss out on any of these.
Try to be As Independent as Possible
Though some tours are informative and helpful, they can also be hugely expensive.
If you navigate your way around independently, you will save a great deal of cash and you can also set your own schedule.
Buy a public transport travel pass and use map apps to help you find your way around. Alternatively, many cities (particularly European ones) offer a free walking tour. The guides work on a tips basis so you can pay as much as you think the tour was worth.
Travel doesn’t have to be super expensive. In fact, by using the tips above you can save a ton when traveling.
So, now that you know that you can afford an amazing trip, where are you going first?