How to Travel On a Budget

Plan your next holiday with these money-saving travel tips

Words by Mystique Myrthil
November 6th, 2018

The first thing most people think of when planning a holiday is money. Of course travelling involves money – airfare, activities, accommodation etc – and it is for that reason alone that most people don’t even bother planning a holiday no matter how desired or needed one may be. But, what if travelling could be cheap and fit for anyone’s budget? Well, there are many ways in which this can be true without compromising on experience. So, don’t shy away from those expensive flights because you could still have the time of your life with a small amount of cash! Here are a few tips to help you plan your next holiday on the cheap.

 

Booking the Flight

The best time to book a holiday is during the off-season when most people aren’t travelling. For most places, the off-season is between April through mid-June and September through mid-November. During this time, flights, accommodation, and sometimes activities are cheaper. As a plus, main tourist attractions tend to be less crowded during this time, making your experience even more enjoyable.

Book your flight a few months in advanced

Avoid paying extra for seats, bag checks, and priority boarding

Check airlines for Low Fare Calendars

Accommodation

Just about every place in the world has Airbnb by now and it’s probably your best option for an affordable, quality, and comfortable place to rest. Hotels are nice but, come with extra incentives, which means you have to spend more money. Getting an Airbnb and finding local activities is the best way to save. If you do want a hotel, try finding one further from the city center. They will be a little cheaper and more than likely include complimentary breakfast.

Transportation

Getting around can be difficult once you reach your destination so, if possible, use a car-sharing service such as Ubermytaxi or Lyft. It’s cheaper than a taxi and you split the cost with friends or other passengers in metropolitan areas. Google Maps is another useful resource if you plan on doing lots of walking or need help figuring out the metro and bus services. It also makes travelling easier and less stressful throughout your trip.

Activities

The best part about every holiday is exploring new sights and being adventurous, right? Well, organising daily activities ahead of arrival instead of doing so last minute can save you a lot of money and time.

Research: Tours are often expensive to book and can take away from the exploration part of your trip. Look up a few places online, print out a few highlights, and go on your own tour for free! Many museums are free to visit and if not you will find that many of them offer free or reduced entry on the first Friday or Wednesday of each month.

Discounts: Discounts can save you a lot while travelling; if you’re a student, senior, or in a group you should find there are many places that offer discounted rates.

Check online: Be sure to check online as well for special offers on food, activities, and accommodation. Groupon is a great app/website to use, it’s global and features lots of offers for anything you desire.

photo: Johan Mouchet

Food

You should never start your day hungry when travelling. If you are staying at a hotel, take advantage of the complimentary breakfast. If you didn’t stay at a hotel, it’s best to stop by a local store or market and grab a few things. But, if you’re out exploring you’re bound to smell something lingering around a restaurant door. Instead of buying a full course meal, go tapas style. That way you get a taste for everything and save money!

Remember to pack a refillable water bottle too. Most places have indoor and outdoor water fountains which keeps money in your pockets and one less plastic bottle in the environment.

After reading all these tips, hopefully you’ve already started planning your next holiday.