How to Save Money While Traveling
Most of us haven’t been able to travel for the last year and a half but hopefully, as more people around the world are getting vaccinated, then we should be slowly easing into traveling again.
For those of us who can’t wait to travel, this is the article for you, as we will look at some of the best ways to save money while traveling so we can make our money go further.
Cook more, eat out less.
If you eat out when you travel you will know how expensive it can be so if you are working with a budget then cooking more in your accommodation will save you money. You don’t want to be cooking every meal as you want a break from your life at home too, but if it’s as simple as making breakfast in the morning instead of eating out then you can save yourself money.
For a family, you could save hundreds if you were to cook your breakfast and lunch but then choose to eat out in the evenings.
Pre-book activities to save money.
Pre-booking activities especially as a family will save you money. If you do your research before travelling you can save money and get more value as you can find the best deals online. The Harry Potter Tour in London for example is much cheaper when pre-booked than if you were to try and book a ticket on the day.
It’s worth pre-booking activities these days too as most activities won’t be running at full capacity because of Covid. If you don’t book your activities early you could end up not being able to get access to the activity on the day you get there so I would 100% recommend booking your activities well in advance.
If you are booking activities in a foreign country be sure to read reviews of the companies you are booking from as you don’t want to be scammed either.
Check hotel prices on multiple websites.
Hotels will sell their rooms to different providers at different prices, if you find a hotel you like the look of try and find it on other comparison websites too. Often you will find the same hotel for a few hundred cheaper just by looking around for a few minutes.
Check the typical sites such as Trivago, TripAdvisor, Booking, and any others you can think of. Sometimes you may also want to check the official website for that hotel as they can be cheaper too. If you are feeling a bit cheeky you can also phone the hotel up and try to haggle with them on the price, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but it’s worth a shot.
Compare transportation costs.
Getting around when traveling can be one of the major costs, what I would recommend doing is using a price comparison website to find the cheapest transportation deals. Airport Transfers UK is a company that I have used in the past when traveling to England and I’ve also used companies such as Blacklane when traveling around Europe.
A normal taxi can also be fine, but my problem with them is that you don’t know how much they are going to cost before the ride and this often leads you to be ripped off. Anyone who has travelled to New York will know all about being ripped off when traveling by one of the cabs in the city.
Look for free attractions.
Traveling can be as expensive or as cheap as you want to make it. For example, seeing Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona can be cheap if you just look at his amazing work from the outside, or if you want to make it more expensive you can pay to go inside and see more of his work up close. Both ways allow you to see his amazing work but one will be more expensive than the other.
There are many free attractions like this that can be visited throughout the world so when visiting a new place for the first time pull up Google and look for parks and monuments in the area and you will be able to fill your itinerary with all of these options without having to spend much if not anything at all.
Don’t buy souvenirs.
Buying souvenirs is a good way to spend your money quickly. I would recommend not buying them at all as often they are junk that gets thrown in the back of the cupboard making more clutter in the house.
If you do want to get something to remember your trip by getting a camera and taking lots of photos. If you have a small family, take a photo of your children near monuments and well-known attractions and then get these photos developed at home. Not only are these gifts more thoughtful but they’re also cheaper too.