Travelling on a budget doesn't always means that you have to give up quality accommodation or rely on hitchhiking to take you from one place to the next. Savvy budget travellers know how to stretch their travel dollars by finding excellent bargains on travel-related expenses without having to compromise on comfort and sightseeing.
Planning in advance usually gives you the advantage when booking a vacation, because you're likely to find cheaper deals that booking at the last minute. There are several tricks to sniff out the best travel bargains to maximise your dollars spent on vacation.
Travel During Off-peak Times
Travelling during peak vacation season is bound to push prices of hotel accommodation, flights and car rentals up. So if you're on a low budget, peak season is the worst time to plan a vacation. Do enough homework to research destinations that are currently off peak.
You'll find that winters in Europe and fall in North America offer the best value for money for budget travellers and thus they offer attractive package deals during these off-peak times. For the best off-peak deals, you may want to consider travelling on weekdays instead of weekends. Many airlines and boutique accommodation hotels offer special prices for weekday travellers at nearly half the rate of weekend costs.
If you're travelling with a heavy suitcase, can you possibly walk long distances or jump into buses and trucks that give you a free ride? Probably not! Over-packing can also cost you extra at the airport in the form of baggage fees; make sure you pack light and only essential items. Light packing also allows you to choose budget accommodation like single hostel beds, instead of needing an entire room to accommodate your belongings. If you're planning a long-stay vacation, consider shipping your items to your final destination. In most cases, shipping belongings ends up being cheaper than carrying them around in your suitcase.
Keep an Eye Out for Freebies
Look out for free events, guided tours and attractions at your vacation destination. Most tourist cities offer some freebies that savvy tourists should be aware of. By keeping your activity costs low, you can afford to spend a little more time at your vacation destination or you can even stretch your holiday by a few more days with the extra money. Check online on discount websites for the cheapest deals on local activities and dining.
Budget travelling is all about finding the best possible deal for accommodation, food, travel and activities. Follow these ingenious tricks to give you a real bang for your travel buck.