Most of us loves travelling. We wish to travel more. Let me ask you a question. Do you really need a lot of extra money in order to be able to travel more?
Do you think that there is a trick how to save money and allow yourself to enjoy more time with exploring the world? What can you do in order to save money while are you travelling?
Apart from working more and taking extra hours, or working as a volunteer abroad, there are other ways how can you cut off expenses and travel cheaper. Let’s have a look at how to safe money and what can you do differently in order to afford travelling.
10 Tips how to save money when travelling
1) Don’t go on vacation in a peak season
Everything is overpriced during public holidays. I know that most of us has time off during Easter, Christmas or any other public holidays but do you really want to pay more, be in overcrowded place and spend more than you can afford?
2) Plan your budget
It might sound obvious but really – think about your budget. Make a plan of activities that you want to try for sure and those who you can skip. What is your must when you travel? What are you willing to sacrifice?
It will make your travel less stressed when know your priorities. That way, you can enjoy the present moment without counting every spent dollar.
3) Search for deals
I can find you a cheap deal for selected hotels, flights or tours. You can contact me where are you planning to travel and I will check it for you. You can also check my coupons at the end of the article.
4) Save money on flight tickets
Flight tickets can be always an issue. To get to a certain destination, the flight tickets can be very expensive even though the accommodation can relatively cheap there. Other countries can have the opposite problem.
If you need a help for local Australian flights (usually return tickets from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide) I might help you.
5) Try couchsurfing
You might have heard about it already but if not, it is a type of accommodation when can you stay in someone’s house for free. The offer is usually for few days.
Some hosts can let you stay for little bit longer time. When choosing a host, always check the reviews and references to avoid being disappointed and stay safe. Some countries can be a bit dangerous so you need to trust your instinct or rather choose a standard accommodation if it looks suspicious. You can register here.
Couchsurfing is not for everyone though. It is for people who like sharing their space and talking to strangers. The host will most likely expect that you will spend some time with them. People who do coachsurfing are usually curious about other people’s cultures and getting to know new people. Consider if it is for you!
6) Instead of a hotel, choose a backpacker hostel
If you really want to save money and don’t mind sharing your room with a few people new people, choose a backpacker hostel. You can meet cool people there. In addition, it will reduce your expenses a lot.
If your travel goal is more about exploring the location and being out all the time and not just chilling around hotel, then backpacker hostel is great. You might also consider splitting your vacation between cheap accommodation and then enjoy a few days in a better place.
Don’t go opposite way though. As once you get use to a very comfy place, then it might be a shock to spend the second part of your vacation with shared accommodation that might not be comfy as well.
7) Always check your luggage weight before you fly
When you travel and have excessive kilos in your luggage, you can pay a lot extra for each kilo at the airport. It applies for check-in luggage as well as carry on. Be sure that you have some spare kilos to avoid this stress. Another option is to buy the extra weight in advance.
Tip – Check the airline weight allowance. It might differ from each airline.
In addition, domestic and international flights have different rules. International flights are usually more chilled.
8) Eat smart
You can still enjoy a nice food and save money. The trick is to know where to eat and when. If you are in the city, search for combo deals, happy hours or cook your own food.
You can also buy nutritional snacks for your hiking tour and don’t need to spend money in expensive restaurants or overpriced takeaways. Other option is to buy a cheaper food in advance in a kiosk. If you are in Thailand or Bali then you usually don’t need to worry much about the price.
9) Save money on a transport
Transport can be an issue, especially in countries such as Japan or any large cities in the world. To travel around use a public transport.
If you use a public transport frequently, consider unlimited tickets for certain amount of days for a special price. That way you will be able to see more and not spend much on taxi or tours. Don’t pay for overpriced tours that they sell locally (better to book in advance).
If you like more comfort, you can use Uber or Lyft instead of taxi. For example, in Los Angeles, they use Uber Pool where can you share a ride with someone else. Another option if you travel with a bunch of friends is to hire a car.
10) Be aware of excessive surcharges for withdrawing from ATM or bad currency rate
If you are in a rush and need to exchange the money immediately, you are losing money for nothing. Be smart!
Most of the airport has very bad currency rate so it is better to search money exchange service in advance. If you are from Australia, I can recommend Travel money OZ in Brisbane, but they are also in Sydney.