A View Less Expensive: How To Save Money on Your Travels
With the amount of expenses the average American faces on a daily basis, it’s no wonder most of us struggle to save for anything let alone traveling. The fact is, today’s modern pressures often leave us ‘stuck in a rut’ of working and paying bills, with many people just accepting the idea that they’ll never get to travel because they’re simply too poor.
But that certainly doesn’t have to be the case, and we’ve almost conditioned ourselves to believe it to be true. With just a little forward-planning and an alteration of the negative ‘too poor to travel’ mind-set, traveling on a budget is 100% possible – you just need to know how! So, if you’ve lived your life convinced you’re too poor to see what the world has to offer, here are some top tips you can use to prove yourself wrong and become a thrifty traveler!
Offering accommodation for literally no cost and a greater sense of the local culture, opting for home swaps as opposed to hotel rooms or hostels is sure to save you some serious cash. Obviously shop around for the best options and ensure who you’re considering swapping with is 100% legitimate though, as this option involves exactly what its name suggests – swapping homes!
But as long as you’re comfortable opening your home to a stranger (after doing lots of research), going for a home swap as opposed to expensive hotels is guaranteed to free-up some cash you’d otherwise be forced to spend on accommodation.
Work as you travel
Obviously only applicable to those embarking on long-term travels, working as you go is a great way to make some extra money whilst giving back to the local community. Whether it’s helping to teach English or something as simple as fruit picking, taking on work is a sure-fire method of gaining a little extra cash.
But it’s important to note that this type of work is unlikely to fully sustain your trip, so it’s essential you have funds available elsewhere. If you find yourself struggling and desperate for a helping hand even whilst working, obtaining small personal loans could significantly benefit you in the long-run.
Fly at cheap times
Flight costs are notorious for fluctuating dependent on the time and day that you fly, so taking advantage of this is one of the easiest ways to save money when on your travels. Using a site like Skyscanner is a great way to compare flight prices across entire months, instantly providing you with the cheapest days and times available to fly.
Avoiding weekends is generally guaranteed to provide some cheaper options, as well as flying at perhaps unpopular times i.e. early hours of the morning. But, if it saves you money, it’s definitely worth it!
Traveling is something so many people want to experience but often hold themselves back just because of money. But above are just a fraction of the tips you can use to save money whilst on-the-go, meaning there are a huge array of ways to be a thrifty traveler without compromising on the experience.