If you know the following travel hacks, you don’t need to worry about your daily expenses even in expensive destinations.
1- Travel during low season
Travelling during the low season definitely will save you a whole load of money. During monsoon season, tropical destinations tend to make promotions and the accommodations reduce price to maximize occupancy. Though the weather can be one disappointing factor in some destinations, the total cost is just half of the peak season. It depends on your availability despite some employers may even perhaps appreciate you for working during major seasonal holidays like Christmas.
2- Do not buy a tourist SIM
Unless you are on a business trip, there’s no use of buying some lousy SIM card. Most of those services are not necessarily cheap besides I even feel like the data usage cost higher than normal. Rather than that, hunt for Wi-Fi! Know where free Wi-Fi is available.
Stick around the expensive bars or hotels or libraries which are likely to provide free Wi-Fi and sometimes without password. Sit near VIP lounge at airports, the Wi-Fi capture is better.
3- Do as locals do
Actually, things locals do or eat, and places they go seem more authentic and not touristic. Dining at local eateries not only save money but also it can be add-up appeal to your vacation. Find a local buddy if you can; they can take you amazing places and restaurants outside of the usual tourist trail.
4- Stay at locally owned accommodations
Another legitimate way to reduce travel expense is to stay at local inns or guesthouses. Accommodation price varies on how much extra you want in your room. If you are an avid traveller who do not need superfluous facilities then choose accommodations where local travellers might stay, it is much cheaper than Ibis Style.
5- Spend more time in rural
Though this totally depends on your preference, spending your vacation at rural areas cost lesser than in urban. Besides, it may even feature more attractions and interesting activities, especially if you are a nature lover. Entry fee for theme park? Neh, the nature’s masterpiece is free of charge.
6- Know what to and what not to carry
If you, ladies, are visiting to culturally strict destinations, don’t forget to bring a sarong. It will make your life easier while visiting temples or else they would charge you a small fee to provide a sarong.
Always bring a water bottle with you, fill it up when you see a clean water dispenser. That actually saves a few bucks.
7- Bread and Bananas can be your best friends
When we take solo trip to where no restaurants are found or just fine-dining is found, packing a loaf of bread and bananas can really help your hunger. Find a stop and have a bite then you are ready for another a few more hours sightseeing.
8- Do your own laundry
Seriously, there’s no excuse to spend money on laundry service of your hotel while you are on a budget trip. Invest a few minutes of your morning and hang your clothes in the bathroom, find out dried after the excursion. Still not dried yet? Most innkeepers are kind enough to borrow an iron or hair-dryer.
9- Join free guided excursions
Yes, they do exist. There are some non-profit organizations or youth-run charity groups voluntarily provide half-day walking tour around heritage sites. Do your homework and find out their operating hours and availability, it saves actual tour guide fee. But remember, donating a few dollars or contribute something back to the organization is a must.
Well, all those travel tips helped my journey all along. Hope this article help. Spend less and explore more!