Sure, we have all sorts of cheap airlines and affordable accommodation available all over the world which make traveling not an extreme luxury anymore. However, if you’re a broke traveler always lacking a few bucks, these tips will allow you to travel while keeping your wallet hefty. Essentially, these money-saving hacks will let you have your cake and eat it too while you explore the world! Take a look.
Know how and when to book flights
When looking for your plane tickets, you always want to find the cheapest price, so you spend hours and days browsing various websites. However, when your browser is tracking your every move, it can be hard to hide your interest and get the best deals. Instead, open an incognito window that prevents tracking and you’ll get all the cheapest prices. Additionally, pay attention to time and date. Statistically, the best time to book your flight is somewhere between four months and three weeks before your departure. Also, if you have time on the weekend, try to book your flight then. According to Airlines Reporting Corporation, your flight can be more than 30% cheaper on Sundays!
Save money by cooking
If your accommodation has a kitchen, you have a great way of saving money at your disposal. Sure, eating out will provide you with amazing opportunities to experience local flavors, but limit those expenses to one or two restaurants per week. The rest of your stay, you can visit local grocery shops and farmer’s markets and buy all sorts of local produce perfect for quick and tasty meals. If you’re set on eating out, you can consult various foodie websites and get great and affordable recommendations. Eating at food stalls and hawker centers can also be an affordable option if you don’t have access to a kitchen.
Score free luggage
If you love to travel, but hate investing in luggage or paying for luggage check-in, here’s an idea. You can find a credit card with free luggage that will not only provide you with a practical way to conduct purchases when traveling, but also award you with free luggage promotions or free checked bags on your flight. And that’s not all! If you choose the right credit card, you can also score discounts on fuel. This will come in handy for all of us that love traveling by car.
If you can’t afford overpriced accommodation at your destination, you can always look out for someone else’s house while they are away. There are various house-sitting websites where you can watch people’s homes in exchange for a free stay. This allows you to stay in amazing accommodation while only being obliged to receive mail, keep the house safe and clean, water plants and walk pets (if they have them). This will provide you with a much more intimate experience of your destination and save you a lot of money on accommodation and food (many people leave a full fridge and allow house sitters to use the kitchen). Another thing you can do is apply for house-swap—that’s also a great idea.
Take a free walking tour
There’s no better way to get to know your destination than by taking a walk next to its all most famous sites. So, make sure to find a free guide and join a leisurely walking tour. These can be found in most major European cities, but are also getting popular in Asia, Australia, South America and North America. You can get information about these tours at local tourist info offices or your hotel and hostel or just try Googling keywords like “free walking tours in X”. Just remember to leave a little tip for your helpful guide—it won’t set you back too much.
All in all, traveling is not the most affordable hobby, but if you know a few tricks, you can see the world without spending too much of your hard-earned money. So, go out there with these tips up your sleeve and explore all your favorite destinations.