We travel to explore new cultures, meet new people, to know ourselves better or at times just to take a break in life. Travelling often costs a lot of money and at times our entire life savings. So when you travel on a budget, you are not only able to travel to a lot of places in that much money but also have enough to save for a rainy day. Often people think it is difficult to travel on a budget and still have a lot of fun. Just to prove you wrong, we tell you some tips and tricks on how to travel on a budget yet have a lot of fun on your trip.
1. Plan In Advance
Sit with a calendar in your hand to look for holidays that are long weekends or national holidays. This way you can ensure that you don’t have to take a lot of leaves from work. You won’t have to worry about getting your pay cut for the number of days you are travelling. Also, when you plan in advance you get cheap flight tickets and would be able to book hotels or hostels that are exactly in your budget.
2. Book Accommodation Closer To City Centre
Look for a place that is central to all the tourist spots. By doing this you will not only save time by travelling from one place to another but also will save a lot of money. You will also be able to make the most of your trip. If you are a solo traveller then hostels do not cost much and is a great place to meet like minded people. If you enjoy meeting new people and don’t mind sharing a house with strangers then couch surfing is another good option where you can send requests to people to host you. In case you are travelling in a group then you should rent a flat through Airbnb. The cost per person will come out to be very cheap.
3. Buy Your Meals From The Departmental Store
Eating outside every day gets expensive. And you shouldn’t survive eating McDonald's every day. The best and economical way is to locate a departmental store and buy eggs, bread, jam, cheese, Nutella (the things that you like). You will also get ready made meals that do not cost a lot. Always remember, eating local food of the place you are visiting will be light on your pocket. For instance, when you are visiting places in Europe, you will easily find crepes, hot dogs and a lot of food vans where you can have some of the best food and not shell a lot of money. If you are travelling in India and are in Himachal Pradesh then you should be trying momos, Thukpa and when in Mumbai the Rs. 12 Vada Pao will satiate your taste buds.
4. Pack Only The Essentials
Before you start packing for your budget trip, Make a list of all the things you need to carry with you. Easiest way to do that is think of all the products that you use from morning till bed time and then start taking them out and placing in your bag accordingly. The only reason to do this is so that you don’t miss out on any necessity and you wouldn’t have to hire a person to carry your luggage. You will be able to move freely from once place to another.
5. Stay Connected To Your Loved Ones
Gone are the days when International calls would burn a hole in your pocket. Get the cheapest mobile card from the airport that has some credit for you to make calls during emergency. The best way to stay connected with your folks is by connecting your phone to the WiFi and making Whatsapp calls.
6. Do Your Research Well In Advance
Find out places and experiences that are free of cost in the country you are visiting. There would be several monuments, street plays, dance performances and plenty of other stuff that you could do without spending much.
Keeping these things in mind, you can never go over budget. In case we missed something, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.