So I have always been a DIY girl when it comes to traveling. I book everything myself and try not to use a middleman to avoid extra charges and keep the costs down.
I honestly don’t travel that often but when I have traveled I made it count.
If you are fishing for ways to travel cheaply, keep reading. I am going to give you my tips and tricks.
First of all, you need time to plan, book and save for your trip so I would give myself about a year or two prior to intended travel dates to start planning depending on how happy my pockets are.
The very first thing you need to do is decide where you want to travel to. Once you have figured that out, it’s time to figure out which time of the year you want to travel in.
**TinyTip 1: off-season times are the cheapest to travel to destinations. Usually, offseasons are Spring and Autumn months. If you travel in these times, you will save yourself over 50% of your travel costs.
*TinyTip 2: if you are flexible about when to travel, you might be able to find the best deals.
*TinyTip 3: The cheapest day to fly on is Wednesday.
I book my flights on Jet cost or Sky Scanner which I have found gives the cheapest flights available. (Correct me if I am wrong). If you are likely to cancel your trip, I recommend that you pay the extra charge in order to get a free cancellation. If you are going without a doubt, there is no need to pay this at all.
I use Airbnb to find accommodation. In my opinion, unless I am going to be in a 4-5 star hotel, I would rather a 5 star rated Airbnb property than a 1-3 star hotel. It costs much less and if you find a highly rated property, it will be clean and feel just like a 5-star hotel. (That’s my opinion anyway)
If you are into hotels, you can get great deals on bookings.com and trivago.com if you opt for the ‘no cancellation’ option. This means that you have to part with the lump sum for the entire stay at time of booking but in my opinion, it is worth it.
The next thing you need to decide is if you are happy to use the available public transport or hire a private car. If you are going on an extremely low budget, public transport will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the locals. If your budget allows for a car hire, Budget International is a great site to source a budget car hire. Please read the fine print of your car hire details as there might be some hidden costs involved and if there are, you need to prepare for them.
Once you have travel dates, flights and accommodation booked, you can now start to plan things to do. Check websites like the local Groupon to get great deals on entrance tickets, excursion discounts, restaurant coupons e.t.c.
If there is no Groupon where you are traveling to, search online for available great deal websites in the area.
Once you have done all this, all you need to do is SAVE SAVE SAVE!
**BigTip 1: if you really want to travel cheaply, plan a trip to a country where the value of the local currency is lower than your own country’s currency.
*BigTip 2: If you want to save on expensive flights, you can travel to a nearby country or town where life is cheaper than life in your own town.
I hope this post helps you plan your next budget trip.
I would love to know how you plan your cheap holidays. Do you have any tips for me?