Its the last cold day of November here in Ireland and while I am utterly enjoying the beginning of the festive season, as I frantically search for great Christmas presents for friends and family and warm my frostbitten hands with a pumpkin spiced anything hot, I am thinking about exotic destinations and could I [or maybe one of my family] give one as a present? Well, thanks to today’s guest post from Zara Lewis this is not such a far-flung possibility… read on!
Although the saying “Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” is more than true metaphorically, travelling can make you poorer money-wise. However, that doesn’t have to be so. There is no reason to spend thousands of dollars on plane tickets and hotel accommodation even if you are travelling to some distant exotic destinations – from searching for budget accommodation to getting the best plane ticket deals, there are many ways to save money on your next adventure.
It’s all about the timing
Unless you really have to travel during the peak season (e.g. Christmas, summer holidays) you should avoid that period because the prices of plane tickets and accommodation tend to be much higher during those days. This also goes for the weekends.
Take a flight with a stopover
If you have less money than time, you should consider taking an indirect flight with a stopover. This might include waiting at the airport for more than a couple of hours, sometimes even for an entire day, but it can save you a lot of money.
Depending on the time, day and destination, different airlines have different prices for the same flights. Take a good look at all of the options, it might pay off to fly out and back with different companies, even if this sometimes means taking off from different airports.
Consider an alternative airport
Speaking of different airports, do you really have to take a flight from the biggest airport in your town or the one nearest to you? Sometimes it even pays off to take a bus or a train to an airport that is slightly farther away.
Avoid the baggage fees
Traveling light is an essential way of saving money on the baggage fees if you are travelling by plane. One way of saving on the fees is to wear the extra items instead of packing them in a suitcase. There are some products, such as luggage jacket, which enable you to take your belongings with you.
Keep an eye out for bargains
Signing up for e-mail newsletters and following airline and cruise companies and travel agencies on Twitter and Facebook can keep you up to date with all the potential bargains that may be available. That way you will see if there is a last minute for a tropical resort, a cheap flight in a couple of months or find the best cruise deals for 2018 offered by big cruise companies.
Stay in a hostel
The times when hostels were dirty and poorly supplied are way behind us. Now they are clean, decent, and offer services such as free breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi. If you are travelling with more people, renting a room with four or six beds can be a lot cheaper.
Rent an apartment
Another great option for people travelling in groups is renting an apartment to stay at via websites like Airbnb. This also enables you to save money by preparing your own food instead of eating out.
Get off the beaten track
Traveling to Fiji, Virgin Islands, Seychelles or Bora Bora sounds fantastic, but those are pretty expensive destinations. Instead, take the road less travelled and visit places like Malaysia, Greece, Ecuador, Uruguay, Mozambique or Peru.
Save money while there
A considerable part of your travel budget is spent after you arrive at your destination. Make sure to minimize that sum by eating cheap local food, buying fresh products on the market, cooking, going on foot, using public transport, etc.
Give your contribution
Volunteering can be a great way to save money on your travels. More often than not, volunteering takes you to exotic destinations and enables you to truly connect with the local community. Most volunteering programs offer free accommodation and food as well.
As you see, travelling to exotic destinations can be done on a shoestring budget. All you need to do is stop making excuses and dare to try.
This was a Guest Post…
This post was a Guest Submission by Zara Lewis who is a regular contributor at highstylife.com, a traveller and a mother of two. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. She is passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come and spreading the word about the beauty in all shapes.