Getting away doesn’t have to break the bank. Try these cost-saving strategies to experience budget travel that is both affordable and stress-free.
Visit A Friend
Do you have a friend that you’ve been wanting to visit? There’s nothing better than quality time with someone who you genuinely enjoy. Call them up and see if they would be willing to host you for the weekend. My best getaways have included late night talks, laughter, and reminiscing about the ‘good ol days’ with my friends. Plus, the free accommodations are the icing on the cake. However, keep in mind that there’s a fine line between being a welcomed guest in a friend’s home and imposing. If that someone doesn’t feel comfortable sharing his or her space with you, go ahead and make other arrangements.
Look For Deals
The internet makes it easy to find great travel deals and packages to take advantage of all year round. Sites such as Travelzoo and Groupon regularly offer exclusive deals for lodging, dining, entertainment, and airfare. Also, don’t be afraid to go for a last-minute deal. You can use Expedia or LastMinuteCruises.com to get discounts if you need, or want, to book travel on short notice.
Split the Costs
Covering all travel costs on your own can really add up, especially if you want to go out of the country or to a popular tourist destination. Instead of going solo, create a list of friends and relatives with whom you wouldn’t mind traveling. Then ask each of them if they are interested in joining you on your trip. Lodging and transportation often make up the bulk of travel expenses, but they also happen to be the easiest ones to split with others. By choosing to share the experience with others, you can also cut your expenses significantly.
It doesn’t matter where I’m traveling, I always make an effort to make my own breakfast every day of my trip. I also alternate between eating out for lunch and dinner. As soon as you arrive at your destination, ask around for local grocery stores where you can stock up on food for breakfast, lunch and snacks. That way, you’ll save on restaurant costs and can instead put that money toward other parts of your trip.
Consider A Lesser Known Destination
The popular travel destinations are most often the priciest ones. That’s supply and demand at its finest. If you are flexible with your travel arrangements, doing a little research can help turn the tables in your favor. Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation or something more cultural, there are tons of alternative locales that will fit your needs without blowing your budget out of the water. Also, not only will you save money by choosing a more low-key location, you’ll also avoid the traffic and overcrowding that tourist-y locations often have.
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