It’s a well known fact that when most of us plan a trip we concentrate on getting the best prices for our flights or chosen mode of travel. Next we consider accommodation, making sure we get the best possible value for money. Then while we are actually traveling we lose our minds and go mad with the spending often wasting our hard earned cash. Traveling on a budget is easier than you may think, just so long as you plan well and stick to that plan. The tips and guidelines within this article will help you to save money traveling.
Use the tourist information centers and websites. This will save you money as well as lots of time. The tourist information services will more than likely have package deals which include travel and accommodation. This more than often works out cheaper that arranging your own transport and accommodation. If you are traveling to an event then there will almost definitely be a package deal available which will suit your needs.
Saving Money On Local Attractions
If you plan to visit museums, cinemas and theaters during your travels then do a little research online. On certain days such places charge different admission and ticket fees. You may even find that admission is free on some days of the week so plan carefully. Keep a look out for printable vouchers with 2 for 1 offers.
Local newspapers, magazines and websites usually contain adverts for local attractions. They are a great way to get to know whats going on in the area that you are staying in However bare in mind that media of this type is only useful to you if you can read the language it is written in. Some attractions and events produce multi lingual publications so keep an eye out for these.
Travel On A Budget By Spending Less On Meals
Dining out whilst you travel can be a big drain on your money. Consider visiting the local shops and markets to buy your own ingredients and prepare your own meals. Picnics are great fun and relatively inexpensive. Depending on the time of year and the weather, picnics are a great alternative to having lunch in expensive restaurants.
It is a good idea to have at least one main meal each day in order to keep your nutrition and energy levels high. Choosing to have lunch rather than a main evening meal will save you money. You should then only need a light snack or sandwich during the evening.
Avoid Calling Home
If you must call friends and family don’t use the hotel room telephone. The phone calls will be added to your final bill and it’ll come as a nasty shock when you come to checkout. Many mobile phone companies now provide great call packages for use abroad. It’s easy to check how much calls will be from your mobile by going online or calling your service provider. It may even be free depending which package you have.
Hotel Mini Bars
Mini Bars, Maximum Prices! If there is one in your room then act like it doesn’t exist. The prices are over inflated and the cost of anything that you eat will be added to your final hotel bill. If you want to snack or drink in your room late at night then buy in your own goodies during the day.
When Shopping Abroad, Haggle
Again research is the key, haggling is almost expected in some countries and you could end up paying well over the odds for your shopping. Go online and check out how much you should expect to save by haggling in the country or countries you are going to visit.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my article, ‘How To Travel On A Budget.’ Hopefully you now realise that traveling on a budget doesn't have to be difficult. It takes a little research and discipline that’s all.