Who says seeing the world has to be expensive?
With so many travel photos crowding Instagram (#nofilter), it’s hard not to experience wanderlust. If you have been bitten by the travel bug but need to tighten your purse strings, you don’t have to deny yourself your travel dreams. Because regardless of which country you desire to go, there are definitely ways to budget your expenses.
Check out these wallet-friendly tips to help you save some cash while on vacay:
1. Travel Off-Season
Of course, this depends on your work or school schedule. But it’s a fact that travelling between peak periods like school holidays can help you save cost significantly. Even setting off a few weeks before or after peak seasons can save you a few hundred dollars in flights and accommodation.
2. Find Affordable Accommodation
If you’re serious about sticking to your budget, then give that hotel stay a miss. There is an entire flourishing industry that offers cheap accommodation now. Plus, it is a great way to meet new people. Aside from backpacking through hostels, you can also rent an Airbnb apartment or couch-surf.
3. Take Public Transport
Most cities have elaborate public transport systems established, so cabs are just a waste of money. Get a day pass or a week pass depending on how long you will be staying in the city, and familiarise yourself with the routes before you hop on the next train, tram or bus. Getting around on your own by foot is also a fun way to get up close and personal with the local culture and everyday life. If you desperately need a cab, though, flag them from taxi ranks, where they typically have fixed fares and rates.
4. Invest in a tourist card.
If sight-seeing around museums and art galleries is part of your itinerary, it would make sense to purchase a one- or two-day tourist pass as individual tickets can get eye-poppingly expensive. If you do the math, tourist passes usually work out to give you better value for money, so look out for those first!
5. Steer Clear of Tourist Hot Spots.
Everything is overpriced around tourist hot spots and attractions – sometimes, the food can be up to twice as much more expensive. Walk a bit further away from those spots, into laneways and little side streets. You’ll find the food and drinks to be much cheaper and probably more authentic.
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