To travel is one of the great pleasures of life, but it doesn’t come cheap. With a bit of planning and flexibility there are ways to save on your travels, saving you thousands in the process.
Here some are some ways you can save money for travel before you go, and while you are on the road.
Sell your car
If you are thinking of going on a long-term round-the-world trip, you might be better off selling your car. If your car is old and you’ve been meaning to get a new one, then this would be an ideal time. A lot of people put this of because of the hassle of selling a car, especially if the car is old, but sites like CarBrain make it easy to sell your car online.
Clean up around the house
If you’ve been watching Tidying Up With Marie Kondo then maybe you now have the urge to tidy up around the house. Rather than just throwing everything out, hold a garage sale or put items for sale on Ebay. The small items might seem insignificant, but it all adds up. You might have money for a RTW ticket sitting in your junk pile.
Check Out Online Coupon Sites
Before you even look at airline prices, check out coupon codes on sites. With money-saving hacks and up to date deals posted daily, you can save money on everything from airline coupons to the sandals you’ll need for your next beach vacation.
Buy Tickets At the Right Time
The rumors are true. Airline prices are in constant fluctuation and if you book at the right time, you can get better deals. Generally, buying your ticket around 8 weeks or more in advance and in the middle of the week can yield some significant savings.
Factor In the Cost of Checking Luggage
Most airlines now charge to check a bag but carry-ons and personal items are still free. If you know that you must check luggage, remember to factor in the cost of the checked bags. Sometimes taking an airline that checks bag for free is cheaper overall than the cost of checking items on an airline that charges for checked bags but has a cheaper ticket.
Consider a Hotel Alternative
AirBnB, House Swap, even the classic hostel, there are many ways to save on the cost of a hotel and potentially add to the experience of your trip. Instead of renting a traditional hotel room, consider booking a spare room, apartment or even swapping your house for free so you can enjoy spending extra time at your destination with all the cash you saved.
Using Apps while your overseas can significantly cut down on international telecommunication charges. Apps like Skype and FaceTime can be used to call or video anyone who also has the app on their phone or device, and apps like the popular WhatsApp can be used for text messaging via wi-fi.
Hit the Grocery Store
When you got to eat, you got to eat. But, you don’t have to eat three expensive meals a day. Utilize the local grocery store to minimize the amount of money you spend on food. Pick up breakfast and lunch from local markets and then enjoy a nice restaurant for dinner.
Travel In the Off-Season
If you’re looking to travel to a particularly expensive destination, consider traveling in the off-season. Prices are slashed on the same hotels and resorts that go for a premium amount the rest of the year.
Don’t have enough money saved up to travel? Get a job – overseas that is. Some countries, like New Zealand, grant short-term work visas for adventurous travelers willing to earn their keep.
Use Public Transportation
Depending on your length of stay and the number of stops on your itinerary, transportation costs can start to add up. Instead of hailing a cab every time, check out the local bus routes, train schedules or if it’s within reach, take a walk.