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I think it’s so important to get out, travel, and see the world where you can. I see it as a great way of broadening my horizons and enjoying fresh cultural experiences. It is estimated that every day more than 8 million people fly, and many of them are for the purposes of leisure. If you are serious about seeing the world, you’re going to need to decide where and when to travel.
One of the biggest issues for a lot of people is the fact that travel is generally expensive, and money seems tighter than ever these days. I would love to travel all the time, but finances, and a job, of course, prevent me from doing so!
Having said that, it is perfectly possible to enjoy some wonderful travel adventures without breaking the bank. Check out my tips for awesome ways you can travel on a budget this year.
Choose Your Booking Carefully
It is really important that you make the right choice about when you’re going to book the trip, and where you’re going to go. The fact is that off-peak travel is going to be significantly cheaper than on-peak, so keep this in mind. I would also recommend attempting to book well in advance where you possibly can as well because this is going to wind up costing less.
USA Today has found that January ranks as the cheapest month to fly so I would suggest checking out trips in January if you can. Keep an eye out for package deals as well, because these can help you get the best value trip.
Consider Self-Catering or All-Inclusive
When you go traveling, one of the biggest expenses will often be food, specifically eating out. Of course, it depends on where you are, and the restaurants you choose, but it is clear that eating out can cause the costs to mount up.
So, my advice would be to choose a self-catering or all-inclusive holiday package. All-inclusive is great if you have kids as you won’t need to shell out for anything, while self-catering allows you to practise your culinary skills and go shopping for local food in a budget-friendly way.
For every horror story I’ve heard, there have been dozens of wonderful experiences. I would definitely recommend Airbnb as a cost-effective solution to finding great accommodation when traveling abroad.
There is a reason why Airbnb has over 150 million users worldwide; it’s an excellent way to stay in comfort and safety, with more space and less cost. So, you should definitely consider using Airbnb for your accommodation. You’re going to save heaps on not shelling out for a hotel, and I feel like you get a more authentic experience as well.
Opt for a Weekend Break
There is no rule that says you have to go on holiday for a week or two, and weekend breaks are becoming more common these days, Of course, it depends on where you go – I would think spending 9 hours on a plane would be a little pointless for a couple of days.
But for short flights of a couple of hours, you could nicely spend a long weekend somewhere and not have to worry about breaking the bank. Opt for a few weekend breaks spread across the year as opposed to one longer holiday that will likely cost you more money.
Avoid the Tourist Traps
It’s very tempting to just head straight for the tourist hotspots and do what everyone else is doing. The problem with this is that you are likely to pay well over the odds because you are in tourist areas. So, I would suggest you go a little off the beaten track and try to find some places that are more local and invest in the culture a bit more.
Check out some local restaurants, and book your tours through local tour guides. Of course, you should do some research in advance and make sure you aren’t getting ripped off. But this is certainly an excellent way of saving money and cutting the costs of your trip.
Always Get Insurance
One of the best ways of making sure you can travel on a budget, and protect yourself financially, is to get insurance. I know you might think this is an optional thing, but I think it is absolutely essential, especially when you consider how much you’ll have to shell out for medical treatment abroad. Worryingly, 28% of people fail to protect themselves on holiday, and you need to make sure you aren’t one of them.
Considering how inexpensive it is (and how important) I don’t think there’s any good reason to travel without insurance of some kind. Traveling without protection is leaving yourself vulnerable to accidents, injuries, and other issues. Make sure you always get insurance before you go on any trip.
These are just a few of the great tips I have for how you can travel and see the world without it costing you a lot of money in the process. Taking holidays and experiencing other cultures is so important, and you need to be able to do this without breaking the bank. With my tips, you can enjoy budget travel without having to worry about breaking the bank.
I welcome your input, and if you can think of any tips I’ve overlooked, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post. This post has been pre-written.