Travel is one of the loveliest things in the world, but unfortunately many people never get beyond the idea, always considering that the word “travel” indicates something outside their price range. However, traveling isn’t as expensive as all of that. This short list should give an idea of ways to reconsider the idea as something affordable.
1 – Plan it out
One of the gravest errors modern travelers make is to overshoot their budget. If you’re planning on keeping a budget, then plan on following it. If you can anticipate all your expenses, and consider closely your means, then you’re sure to remain below your target.
2 – Stay in hostel dormitories
Frugal traveling means finding the best deals, and often the best deal belongs to hostels. Hostels are a great way to meet others on the road especially if you are travelling alone. Hostels range from the cheap basic dorm rooms to the luxury hostels which have swimming pools, ensuit bath rooms, roof top terraces and bars and restaurants to hang out. Plenty of hostels also host free events like dinners or tours around the city so yet another means to save a few more pennies.
3 – Cook your own food
A great way to save money is to choose accommodation where you can cook your own food. Many hostels have fully equipped kitchens where you can bring food purchased from the local market to make a cheap meal. For ideas on easy to make recipes for hostel kitchens, try these. Watch this video of an easy to make Tortilla Pizza
4 – Book ahead
Oftentimes we wait until the last minute to book a plane, train or hotel. Don’t let this happen. Anticipate everything about the trip beforehand, because most of the time things are cheaper if you have some leeway.
5 – Pack light
Often you get charged for extra luggage or weight. Avoid unnecessary costs by packing as little as possible. The Guardian
6 – Resist purchases or haggle
If something is outside of your budget, don’t purchase it. Being in a new city or destination, there will be temptation at every corner, especially if it is souvenirs for others or stuff that you can’t get at home. If you are in the city, perhaps take a day trip away from the main shopping area – hit the beach or go for a hike around the park. If you’re at the market, why not test out your haggling or bartering skills with the local merchants!
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7 – Always be flexible
It’s not only go to help you feel better, since remaining open to changes will lower your stress level, but by remaining flexible about where to go and when, you increase the possibility that you’ll find a better deal.
8 – Walk or cycle
When you are in a new city or town, it can be quite tempting to get public transport or a taxi, but consider walking or renting a bike. It means that you’ll be able to take in city at a slower pace and get a real feel for the city too.
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9 – Travel off-peak
Train fares, flights, ferries and accommodation are often much cheaper at often off-peak times and seasons. So if you can, try and travel during the week, as fares rise quickly as the weekend approaches.
10 – Back-up photos
This may have little to do with frugality, but it has a lot to do with loss. There’s nothing worse than losing all of your memories. Back up all of your photos, always.