"Take vacations, go as many places as you can. You can always make money, you can't always make memories." —unknown
"Money is not enough." That is what we often hear.
Yes, planning for trips can sometimes be quite a hassle, costing a hefty sum. Usually the flight and accommodation takes up a bulk of our travel expenses but with careful research and planning, these may not cost you a bomb.
Travel should always be a part of life that you can enjoy and it does not have to be expensive. Here's 5 tips to live by when you're planning to travel in style, yet not breaking your bank!
1. Do Your Research
Research, plan and book all necessary flight and accommodation at least 3 months prior to your trip to snag the best deals. Make sure you're aware of the local customs and check weather conditions of the country you are heading to to avoid extra unnecessary expenses. If there are attractions you might want to visit, purchase your ticket in advance and it might cost you cheaper!
2. Use A Comparison Site To Book Tickets And Accommodation
When booking your air tickets, use airlines comparison sites such as Skyscanner to look for the most affordable flights to your destinations. You should check ticket prices early to get a gauge of standard prices and snag them when they are on sale! Skyscanner is a good source to search not only for flights but also hotels, car rentals across all booking sites. You'll practically find all the prices available to you through a single search.
For accomodation, try hotel comparison sites such as Trivago. You'll get to compare prices of hotels from different booking sites and choose the most affordable price! Don't forget to read up on guest reviews upon booking.
3. Try Out Vacation Rental Sites
If you are looking for something even cheaper, try vacation rental sites such as AirBnb or Homeaway. With an array of Bed & Breakfast options listed online, you're sure to find one that suits to your budget! You might even get to meet your host for tips and places to go in their country. Be sure to read up reviews of the apartment and cancellation terms and conditions before making your booking!
4. Travel During Off Season
Traveling during off seasons is definitely a great way to save part of your flight. If you're flexible on dates, fly during low seasons and on weekdays. You'll be able to save a lot of money by traveling in the off season, so use some of those savings to treat yourself during your trip!
Plus point for flying during off seasons — it won't be as crowded and you'll get to enjoy attractions and tourist spots without queuing for hours!
5. See What's Free
To learn about the city, take a free walking tour! Most city offers free tours to tourist. Pop-by the local tourist office or search on their official tourism website to learn more. Also, most museums in some cities offer free museum tours on certain days. Research about these free tours before your trip!
Enough said. With modern age of technology, planning a vacation on a budget is easier than ever. Most of all, make it a priority to save for your trip. Little changes such as saving up for that cup of Starbucks or bringing your own lunch to work could save to quite a sum! Also, don't forget to use the money saving tips to plan for your upcoming adventure!
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