To save money on travel is every traveler’s dream. In the 21st century, where travel is not limited only to the elite class of people, we bring to you how to optimize your plan which will help you to save money on travel.
Traveling is not always expensive if you plan accordingly beforehand and keep in mind a few points which can help you to save money on travel. It is not only about traveling to places and spending your entire bank balance. Traveling is all about intense planning about the place and making a proper budgeting itinerary according to your needs and priority.
Through this blog, we will throw some light on 5 ways to save money on travel without compromising on the ultimate experience of your trip.
5 Genius ways to save money on travel:
- Always plan according to your priority and try to save money on basic expenditures like accommodation, food, and shopping.
- Plan your travel 3 to 4 months prior.
- Use a calendar to plan your travel
- Check the currency conversion
- Book your stay in hostels and boutique hotels.
The detailed explanation is here.
Always plan according to your priority.
These days traveling has become a very frequent and essential part of everyone’s life. But everyone has a different style of traveling. Few people prefer to travel luxuriously whereas few prefer backpacking and hitchhiking. If you are a hitchhiker or backpack traveler and loves camping, then you can check our blog on Best Camping Tents available in India for every Backpacker. These three kinds of travelers have different kinds of priority which lead to their different travel styles. So understanding your preferences and priority beforehand helps you take a calculative decision which will ultimately target to save money on travel.
Before setting your priority plan your trip properly in a detailed manner. During our trips, the major amount of money is spent on accommodation, food, and shopping. If you have a preference for living in a luxurious hotel, then your budget will exceed. To avoid that you can plan your stay in 3 stars hotels or in a budget hotel (average property) where you get a decent amount of service and a comfortable stay. This will not only allow you to save money on travel but also will help you to extend your vacation with the saved money.
We also fancy eating at an expensive restaurant when we travel abroad, but it is said that the true food culture of a place can also be experienced in its small food outlets and budget restaurant, where you will find equally good food. So, do not spend too much on eating in a 5-star restaurant. You can choose some selective top restaurants in that place about which you have heard a lot and enjoy your meal there once or twice. But keep a habit of having your daily meal course at a reasonable place. Doing this will not only save money on travel but also it will not compromise your taste buds on trying a few luxuries restaurant once or twice.
While traveling to a different place it is always a habit of every traveler to buy something as a souvenir for that place and it is known to every human that once you start shopping you end up buying more than you have planned. So instead of spending a lot on shopping and then giving an extra cost of money on luggage, it will be an expensive idea. Try to shop only for your essentials and some souvenirs of that place to keep it for your memory.
By prioritizing your travel according to your needs, will help you to save money on travel.
Plan your travel 3 to 4 months prior
If you are interested in saving a huge amount of money on travel then start planning your trip 3 to 4 months prior. This way you will be able to get much cheaper flights and hotel deals. As we all know that traveling in the peak season to any place is a bit hectic work since the demands of booking flight tickets and hotels are high. This means everything will become way costlier than its usual price. So, try booking flight tickets and hotels before 3 to 4 months when it is not the peak season, so that you can save 30 % to 40 % of your money on travel.
Use a calendar to plan your travels
Using a calendar is the best way to save money. Confused! Let me tell you how to use your calendar to save money on travel.
At least in a year, every country offers a minimum of 20 holidays(including national holidays and festivals) to their employee, in which both paid and casual leaves are considered. You can always consider including these leaves with your travel plan. Suppose, you have a Monday off due to some festival or national holiday, then you can combine Sat-Sun-Mon for a short excursion near your place. Trust me, I have tried this several times and it works too since you do not end up taking a lot of leaves for traveling.
There are 2 advantages of planning your trip according to the yearly leaves you get.
First, you will able to save your holidays even while traveling, it means you don’t need to apply for extra leaves for your travel to your office. It means Happy Boss! Happy work life!
Second is while traveling according to the calendar holidays and during festivals, you will get many more discounts on flight tickets & hotel booking which will result in an extra saving. In short, you can save money on travel and ultimately keep that saved money for your next trip.
Check the currency conversion
Currency conversion can become a big problem while traveling abroad. People of those countries whose currency conversion rate is at a lower side end up spending a huge amount of money in other countries. I know it’s a harsh truth, but try avoiding those countries which have a much stronger currency rate than your country. We recommend you make a list of countries and categories it according to their currency conversion rate and you can target to visit such countries first which in on the lesser side on currency conversion than your country and keep the expensive countries for your later list. Like this, you’ll have more freedom to spend and you’ll get a great travel experience.
Majorly Asian countries like Indonesia, Philippines, India, Srilanka, Bhutan, Nepal, etc have a lower conversion rate and undoubtedly beautiful to visit. So, this means you can save money on your travel by targeting countries of lower currency rate first and higher currency rate later to travel in this order, which will ultimately result in you experiencing a large number of countries in less amount of money.
Book your stay in Hostels and Boutique Hotels
We all spend the maximum amount of our money on luxurious hotels for our accommodation. We recommend you to stop booking expensive hotels and try looking for an inexpensive but hygienic and comfortable place to stay. Try reading different types of blogs on that city which will give you an idea about the different types of properties in the city. If you traveling with your family, then you can Airbnb properties. They provide a comfortable stay.
Or if you are a backpacker try booking hostels in the city, you will get an actual traveler experience by meeting different types of travelers from all around the world. It helps you to save money and also allow you to connect to people with a similar kind of mindset. Hostels are always go-to preferences for our stay. Spend less and Get more! You can check the Hostel World website they provide the best and budget hostels to stay all around the world. They also have their app on play store.
I hope this article had helped you to plan your trip accordingly and save money on travel.