How To Travel on A Budget

A common misconception that a lot of people have is that in order travel the world you need a whole heap of extra money just sitting and waiting to be spent. This is not true at all.

Traveling is not as difficult and expensive as it may seem. Everyone deserves a getaway every now and then and that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get that time away. The trick is to make your dollar stretch and get the most for your money. Even exotic destinations don’t necessarily come with large price tags. A trip across the states or a trip across the world can be in your budget. Here are some simple methods to save money when traveling:

 

For flying:

·      Check fares regularly and utilize sites that allow you to compare prices and will send you e-mail alerts if a fair you bookmarked has changed. Sites such a travelocity.com, expedia.com, and farecompare.com are pretty good.

 

·      For international travel, check non United States airlines. Due to recent changes, several overseas carriers now fly between a few United States and European cities. Sites such as vayama.com or whichbudget.com can aid with that.

 

 

·      Driving. Road trips can be very fun and great ways to bond with family while saving on flight and cab costs. Sites like nps.gov searches for national parks nearest you that you could drive to. There are also online gas tools that can help you gage how much gas you will need during a trip.

 

If hotels become too pricy:

·      Renting a condo or a house can be a lot cheaper in some cases. This option is beneficial in major areas where hotels may be very expensive or areas where hotels are scarce. Sites such as homeaway.com provide listings for home rentals in the US and overseas. These sites inspect the homes and offer activities in the area for the guest.

 

·      AirBnb has also become a prominent site to use. This site enables you to find homes to stay in wherever you want to go and gives you a chance to dive right in and see what it’s like to be a native of that area.

 

·      Another simple way to save money is to look into small hotels. Chain hotels can be much more expensive because they accommodate business patrons with large budgets. Along with being cheaper, smaller hotels offer kitchens and living rooms in apartment-style rooms for a more home-like experience.

 

Travel in the know:

·      Look up the prices of transportation and activities before you go, in case it's possible to purchase passes for a cheaper price. Keep a calculator with you and log how much you are spending throughout the day to keep track of your money and where it's going.

·      All-inclusive trips save a ton of money because you arrive to your destination with room, activities, and meals already paid for and no more money has to be spent on those things. Things like cruises and group tours are prime examples of great all-inclusive activities that can save you a lot in the end.

 

Having to travel on a budget is not the end of the world and does not mean your trip has to be basic or lackluster. There are many simple and easy ways to cut costs so just take them time to do your research. 

 

Happy Traveling!

- Aleia

Brittani Treadway