We all love traveling and being able to explore the world, but one of the unfortunate realities of travel is its cost. Most of us do not have endless travel budgets, but that does not mean anyone should be excluded from being able to explore our beautiful earth. We have put together seven simple tips on how to make your upcoming travels more affordable. These cost saving tips help both before and during your next adventure! In this guide you will find 7 tips to safe money for your next trip.
7 Tips To Safe Money For a Trip
1. Garage sale
There are always items around your house that you bought because they seemed cool, important or just because you felt like buying. There are other items that were gifts that you will never use. Do not waste your time or space and start selling them either online or have a garage sale. You would be surprise how much money you can get from unused items around your house. We sold about $800 in things last year for a trip to the Galapagos. It was so worth it!
2. Limit your shopping
Limit your spending on both large and small ticket items before your trip. Skip your Caramel Frappuccino this month and it’s like you have a free airline ticket. Every time you want to buy a new outfit, say to yourself I will put this money aside and start a piggy bank for travel money.
3. Change some habits
Changing some basic habits helped us save most of the money for our European travels. We stop using the A/C and bought a fan. We made sure to unplug electronics we were not using and only turning on the TV when we were going to watch it. Our electricity bill decreased significantly. We also changed the way we bought and ate food. We stop buying a lot of food that by end of the month went bad. We kept track of what we had and pushed ourselves to cook what we already own. At the same time we made sure to limit the amount we ate out, which can half food costs.
4. Look for deals non stop
We do not mean sit over your computer 24/7 scouring for deals. Sign up for tour companies and airline newsletters to find out about any upcoming deals. At the same time use Kayak and Skyscanner to see where is cheap to fly depending on the month. Always look for alternative transportation such as Megabus where if you book ahead of time you can get your ticket for as little as one dollar each way.
5. Contact people
Go through your Facebook, Instagram and email and figure out where your friends are currently living. There are many that might be studying abroad or moved somewhere that you would love to visit. By staying with a friend you will be saving a lot of money on a hotel and food!
If you do not happen to know someone where you are traveling, you can still save a bundle on sleeping. Find a bed through couchsurfing or camp at a national park and forest. Discovering new places does not mean only cities, it also means people, cultures and national parks. By using other people’s generosity and openness to share you can save money and get a richer travel experience.
7. Walking tours and guides
There is no reason to pay for an expensive guided or walking tour of a city when there are so many great walking guides available online. Going on your own you get to set your own pace and customize your day completely. Just print out our amazing walking guides, markup your map and go explore!
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