If we are given a chance we would love to see more significant parts of the world. However, travelling comes with a lot of planning, savings and immense sacrifice. The cost of living is rising each day and thus it affects our travelling plans. We keep on pushing a trip to our favorite destinations for the next year and that year never arrives. The increase in cost of living does not mean we put off our travel plans. So, below are some ways through which you can save money while travelling.
Pick your type of travel
Travel could be of many types depending upon the mood you are in while planning; it could be trekking, a calm trip amid nature, a solo bike ride, a cruise or an annual trip abroad. So, you will have to decide the type of travel so that you can also manage your finances accordingly. More extended the trip, more the finances.
Research about your destination
Researching about your destination is one of the most important aspects of travelling. Once you set your mind on one place, start gathering information on their local life. This will give you an idea about the expenses you will face on your trip. And then importantly opt for inexpensive places to stay there. This can save you from burning hole in your pocket.
Write down your expenses
Noting down your expenses is one of the most essential parts of saving money. From daily shopping to clubbing, note down everything you’ve spent on for a week. This book keeping will help you to monitor every expense and then you will know what needs to be cut down. You will also stop impulsive buying after doing this.
Start to save
As soon as you decide that you are travelling somewhere, start saving a part of your salary for that trip. You can also create a travel fund and go on mini-vacations every month. If you are a student, keep some money aside for the vacation and use it whenever you travel, or you can just use promo codes and deals for hotels, food, flights, buses etc in order to save your hard earned money.
Spend less on food
Cooking for yourself and eating is comparatively cheaper and is self-gratifying. If you cannot cook, choose a mess or a catering service that can deliver food as eating out is going cost you more money. Cut down on luxury food items and try to go back to the roots. And also remember that you need to cut down your expenses, you don’t need to starve in order to do that.
Book hotel rooms that include breakfast in the price
If your hotel offers breakfast in the price, then it is one of the best ways to save money while you are at the trip. You will have to buy only two meals from outside and that will help you to explore more. Try to avoid going to the fancy restaurants to eat, that will only increase your expenses.
Try to explore by foot
While you are at the trip, make sure to cover most of the places by foot. Walk as much as you can. Taking a public or other type of transport for a short distance will affect your budget. You can discover many other things and places while walking.
Don’t buy anything impulsively
One of the best ways to save is to avoid impulsive buying. Many times, the price of the product you like differ at different places. Make a mental note of whatever you want to buy and look for them in different places; comparing the prices. The only exception to this rule is to grab something that is unique or rare. Don’t wait in such case.
Carry essentials while travelling
Make sure you have water and snacks while you travel and you don’t have to buy them from local markets. Those shops charge more than the actual price of the item because of the tourist places. So it is always a good idea to carry your own items in order to save money.
Create a budget and stick to it
As soon as you plan about a trip, make a budget for yourself. Write down every expense that is to be done on the trip and then stick to it. Look for ways to save money like avoid eating in a fancy restaurant and enjoy the street food. Having a budget is a wonderful way to keep yourself on track.